RALEIGH, N.C. – In a complete team effort, the Shaw University men's basketball team thumped the visiting Fayetteville State University Broncos 107-87 Wednesday night in front a packed C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division action.
The win moves Shaw (10-10, 5-6 CIAA) to second place in the division standings with a 4-2 mark while FSU (3-15, 2-9 CIAA) dips to 1-4 within the South.
Junior Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) who scored a game-high 33 points and four assists led the balanced attack that also featured junior DaVaughn Kelsie's (Richmond, VA) 15 points and junior Derrick Randolph (Chicago, IL) with 13 points and seven assists. Junior Davon Dillard (Gary, IN) finished with 12 points and nine rebounds to round out the double figure scoring for Shaw.
The first half featured three ties and two lead changes but a monster jam from Dillard sparked a 23-7 run capped off by a layup from Randolph at the 8:18 mark. The Bears would then groom an 18-point advantage at halftime thanks to two free throws from Hinton. He would lead all scorers at the break with 23 points as the Bears shot 65.6-percent from the field and 50-percent from the 3-point line.
In the second half, the Bears used a 24-10 scoring spread to take a 31-point lead (75-44) – it's largest of the night with 12:26 left to play before cruising to the 107-87 victory over the Broncos, as FSU would not get any closer than 20 points for the rest of the way.
Xaveir Williams and Denzell Hosch both scored a team-high 17 points to go along with five and three rebounds while Joshua Bryant and Markeise Crutchfield added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Jaylin Gamble finished with 11 points to round out the double digit scoring for FSU.
Shaw will return to action Saturday, Feb. 2 at Johnson C. Smith for a CIAA Southern Division contest at 2 p.m. in Charlotte, N.C.
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