TAMPA, Fla. – Junior guard Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) registered a new career-high with 52 points, setting the program new record but the Shaw University men's basketball team was unable to stop the Spartans of Tampa University as the Bears got outscored by 15 points in the second half, falling 115-98.
Hinton rattled off the 52-point performance on 18-of-32 shooting, including 13-of-16 from the free throw line to go along with seven assists, four rebounds and three steals in 40 minutes of action. Junior guard DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) hauled in 14 points while sophomore center Alex Owens (Bradenton, FL) chipped in 13 points and six rebounds and freshman Jah'Lil Carter (Charlotte, NC) collected 10 rebounds in the loss.
Shaw owned a 12-6 lead in the opening half capped off from 10-straight points. The Spartans eventually tied the game at 14-even after a 3-pointer from Anthony Gamble which then led to an 11-point lead in favor of Tampa at the 9:12 mark. The Bears kept within reach and cut the deficit to two (53-51) on a layup from Hinton but the Spartans responded with a layup of their own push the lead back to four.
In the last 2:06 of the first half, Shaw managed to hold a 7-5 scoring margin thanks to a dunk from Hinton to trail 60-58 at the break.
The Bears started the second half with two free throws which provided the games second tie of the night but Tampa used a 19-0 run that not only gained momentum for the Spartans but established a huge 79-60 lead over Shaw with 14:14 left to play. Shaw chipped the deficit to 11 points capped off by a layup from senior guard Philip Garner (Atlanta, GA) but father time would not be on the Bears side as Tampa pulled away late to seal the win.
Five players scored in double digits for the Spartans led by Gamble with 32 points and seven rebounds. Vincent Biffle added 17 points, five assists and three rebounds while Alberto Moreno tallied 15 points, six assists and four rebounds. Devon Colley scored 14 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals while Freddy Ibrahim finished with 11 points and six assists and five rebounds.
The loss dips the Bears to 5-5 overall while Tampa improves to 7-4 on the year.
Shaw will take a few days off to regroup over the Christmas break before returning to action in the New Year with a road contest at Chowan on Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Murfreesboro, N.C.
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