SALISBURY, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team dropped a 78-67 decision on the road to Livingstone College Saturday for a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest in New Trent Gymnasium. The loss dips the Bears (11-12, 6-8 CIAA) to 5-3 in the South while the Blue Bears (15-7, 8-4 CIAA) remain atop in the South with a 6-1 mark.
Junior Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) was held to a season-low 17 points while junior Derrick Randolph (Chicago, IL) added 15 points and junior Davon Dillard (Gary, IN) chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds for Shaw who was accounted for just 37-percent shooting (20-54) on the day compared to LC who connected 24-of-59 shots for 40.7-percent in field goals.
The first half featured nine lead changes and seven ties as LC held a 27-15 frame on the glass out shooting the Bears on 36.7-percent (11-30) shooting while Shaw connected 10-of-31 shots for 32.3-percent from the floor. The Bears led by as many four points but in the last 2:00 of the half, the lead changed three times with the Blue Bears holding a 30-29 edge at halftime.
Facing an eight-point deficit in the second half, Shaw clawed its way back to give the game its ninth tie of the night after Hinton found Dillard in the corner for a 3-pointer at the 11:31 mark. Shaw then took the lead on a 3-point play from Dillard but he couldn't convert on the 3-point play as the Bears claimed a 50-48 lead.
After a technical foul from Shaw and a free throw from the Blue Bears, LC gained the lead again in which they would not relent ultimatley. The Bears trimmed at the deficit and pulled within two points after a 3-pointer from junior DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) but the Blue Bears used a 14-5 scoring run to take a double digit lead with 4:15 left.
Shaw closed the gap to single digits after two made free throws from Hinton but LC scored seven-straight including a layup from Roger Ray that validated the win over Shaw in the last 30 seconds.
LC finished the game with a 50-26 rebound advantage that featured a 14-2 hold in second chance opportunities for the Blue Bears while its bench outscore Shaw 17-9 in addition to scoring 36 of its 78 points in the paint.
Ray led all scorers with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists while Lydell Elmore added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Kenny Grant contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds while Damante' McNeill rounded out the double figure scoring 10 points for Livingstone.
Shaw will return to action Wednesday, Feb. 13 for a CIAA Southern Division contest in the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.
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