RALEIGH, N.C. – Shaw University men's basketball used a big second half to outscore Winston-Salem State University for a 72-63 victory in the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium for a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest Wednesday night.
The Bears held a 40-27 scoring margin over the Rams in the second half that featured 11-of-14 shooting from the free throw line and 5-of-11 shots from the 3-point line. The win puts Shaw (12-12, 7-8 CIAA) 6-3 in the division standings while the Rams (9-14, 4-11 CIAA) dip to 3-6 in the southern division race.
Junior Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) scored a game-high 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals while junior Davon Dillard (Gary, IN) hauled in 17 points and 11 rebounds – his third double-double of the season. Junior DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) finished with 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the 3-point line.
The first half featured seven ties and six lead changes as the Rams put together a 8-6 scoring frame capped off by a 3-pointer from Jamel McCallister at the buzzer to give WSSU a 36-32 lead at halftime.
Although the contest would tie three more times, the Bears trailed by as many as four points in the second half after a Robert Colon nailed a jumper at the 9:37 mark of the second half but a host of Bears fought together to rattle off the shortfall with a 10-0 run ignited by a 3-point play from Hinton.
Colon led WSSU with 15 points and four rebounds while McCallister added 14 points and six rebounds and William Crandell chipped in 13 points and four rebounds. James Rucker, II contributed 12 points and six rebounds to round out double figure scoring for the Rams.
Shaw will return to action Saturday, Feb. 16 at Saint Augustine's for a CIAA Southern Division contest. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m.
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