WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team held on for a 73-69 road victory over the Winston-Salem State University Rams in a hostile C.E. Gaines center crowd Wednesday night in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest. Junior Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) led the way with 31 points on 15-of-17 free throw shooting and five assists.
Shaw now improves to 8-9 overall, 3-5 in CIAA and 2-1 in the South while WSSU dips to 8-8 overall, 3-5 in league standings and 2-0 in the division.
Although the Bears shot 41.4-percent from the field – lower than WSSU, Shaw did get to the line and hit where it mattered – connecting 17-of-23 at the charity stripe compared to WSSU's 14-of-27 down the stretch.
In a back-and-forth first half that featured eight lead changes and two ties, the Bears took control at the 6:17 mark on Hinton's two free throws. After a missed jumper from Julius Barnes, Shaw embarked on a scoring run to take a seven-point lead on a free throw from junior DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) before owning a 35-26 stand capped off by a dunk from Dillard at halftime.
Shaw saw its nine-point lead vanish in the second half as the Rams knotted the contest at 46-all at the 13:44 mark on a 20-11 run. The Rams then took its first lead since of the second stanza on an And 1 from William Crandell but he would not convert on the 3-point play as Shaw quickly regained the lead after a deep 3-pointer from Randolph.
The lead changed three times with under nine minutes left to play before the Bears used a 19-15 scoring margin, capped off by a baseline floater from Hinton that would ultimately secure Shaw's third-straight win and second division win on the season.
Andrew Lopez led the Rams with 12 points while Crandell, Barnes and Robert Colon all finished with 11 points each.
Shaw will return to action Saturday, Jan. 26 with a home contest against Saint Augustine's University in Spaulding at 4 p.m.
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