HINTON SCORES 44 AS BEARS HOLDS OFF NO. 15 EAST STROUDSBURG, 89-83

HINTON SCORES 44 AS BEARS HOLDS OFF NO. 15 EAST STROUDSBURG, 89-83

RALEIGH, N.C.   Junior guard Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) scored a game-high 44 points, including 27-of-29 free throws in the Bears 89-83 win over No. 15 East Stroudsburg University day two of the Shaw University Classic held in the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium Sunday afternoon. Sophomore center Alex Owens (Bradenton, FL) and junior guard Davon Dillard (Gary, IN) supplied 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Shaw led by as many as 10 points in the first 13 minutes of action but Warriors recovered and pulled within two (25-23) after using a 10-2 spurt. A tip-in from Owens then ignited a 10-3 scoring margin that would put the Bears ahead by nine at the 6:37 mark.

The Bears maintained its lead heading into intermission despite two late free throws from Shamir Johnson to put the Warriors within three (46-43).

A 3-pointer by Dillard got things off to a good start for Shaw to start the second half but ESU scored four-straight to tie the game at 49-all with under 19:00 remaining. The lead changed five times before Shaw orchestrated a 14-9 run capped off by a monster jam from Owens with 7:30 left. Although the Warriors continued to chip away at the Bears lead, it would not be enough to stop Shaw from going to the line as Hinton hit 10 of his 29 free throws in the last 6:44 in route to the Bears 89-83 win.

Hinton finished the night on 8-of-17 shooting, seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks while Owens grabbed a team-best nine boards and Dillard recorded five rebounds in the winning effort. Shaw shot 43.6 percent from field (24-55) and 29 percent (5-18) from 3-point range.

The win gives Shaw a 2-0 start to 2018-19 while ESU dips to 0-2 on the season. The Bears will return to action in Atlanta, Ga., for the SIAC/CIAA Challenge hosted by Morehouse College. Shaw will face Fort Valley State on Friday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Saturday tilt with Morehouse at 7:30 p.m.

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