RALEIGH, N.C. – Junior Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) scored 35 points, including a career-high 28-of-32 made free throws and six rebounds but the Shaw University men's basketball team fell 92-79 to Virginia Union Thursday night in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) cross division action.
Joining Hinton in double figures for the Bears was freshman Geremy Taylor (Pompano Beach, FL) who added a career-high 16 points as Shaw dips to 5-8 overall and 1-4 in the CIAA.
Terrell Leach led VUU with 31 points and five rebounds, while Jordan White chipped in 18 points and six boards. William Jenkins would round out the double figure scoring for the Panthers with 16 points and 11 rebounds for VUU who now stands 6-7 on the year and 3-1 in league action.
The Bears got to the basket in the early going, as the game was tied 10-10 after five minutes of action. VUU went on a 9-0 run for a lead 19-10 lead. Shaw cut the deficit to three points capped off by a 3-pointer from Taylor but Leach answered with a 3-pointer of his own that led to a 15-2 run with under seven minutes left in the first half.
The Panthers used a 13-6 scoring margin to lead big (54-36) over Shaw at intermission on 64.5-percent shooting compared to the Bears 40.9-percent.
VUU added to their lead and would own a 23-point stand with 14:25 left in the second half when Jemal Smith banked three-consecutive free throws. However, despite the large dearth, Shaw never got discouraged as they continued to chip away at the lead to pull within single digits (65-74) after free throws from Hinton.
Although the Bears fought hard, it would not be enough as the single digit frame of trailing nine points would be the closest Shaw would get for the remainder of the game.
The game was highlighted by VUU's ability on the glass, Shaw was outrebounded 49-23. The Panthers managed to outscore the Bears in fast break points (12-4) while scoring 24 points off second chances. Shaw did hold a 31-16 margin in points off turnovers as the Bears accounted for just 14 turnovers compared to VUU's 20.
Shaw will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 12, as they remain at home to host Bowie State University at 4 p.m.
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