ORANGEBURG, S.C. – In their second showdown of the season, Shaw University men's basketball came up short against Claflin University, 65-61 on the road in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division action Monday night.
Shaw falls to 5-7 overall, 1-3 in the CIAA and 1-1 in division as Claflin improve to 5-9, 5-5 CIAA and 3-2 in the South.
Junior Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) finished with a game-high 26 points on 7-of-16 shooting to go along with three rebounds, two blocks, two assists and one steal while newcomer and junior Derrick Randolph (Chicago, IL) chipped in 10 points, eight assists and three steals in the setback.
Despite the Bears taking an early lead, it was the Panthers that came out first half with the upper hand after a tip-in from Austin Lawton sparked a 6-2 run to close out the half with a 30-27 in favor of Claflin.
Both teams shot over 40-percent from the floor in the first half as Shaw hit 10-of-23 shots (43.5-percent), 5-of-9 (55.6-percent) from the 3-point line while Claflin accounted for 12-of-26 shots (46.2-percent) in field goals and 2-of-6 (33.3-percent) from long distance.
In the second half, Shaw played from behind the entire way as the Panthers reached its largest lead of the half at 10 points when Haneef Britt dunked with 2:47 left. However, the Bears continued to fight and clawed their way back to tie the game at 58-even after a defensive stop, followed by a monster jam from Hinton at the 1:14 mark.
After the tie, the Panthers scored five-straight, including three free throws that created separation from the Bears in the final seconds that ultimately lifted Claflin past Shaw.
Three players scored in double figures for Claflin led by Cornellius Reynolds with 13 points and 12 rebounds while both Lawton and Rodney Prichard added 10 points each.
Shaw will look to recover and snap a five game skid when they return to the courts on Thursday, Jan. 10 with a home contest against Virginia Union University inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
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