Written by Antoine Lynch, Athletics Media Specialist
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team dropped a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division matchup to division leader Winston-Salem State University, 76-52 Monday evening inside the C.E. Gaines Center.
The Bears drop to 5-19 overall, 2-12 in the CIAA while the Rams improve to 14-9 overall and now sit at 11-3 in the CIAA.
Shaw trailed the majority of the contest after taking an early lead off a free throw. The Bears fell behind by scores of 13-6 and as many as 17-points (27-10) at the 8:40 mark of the opening half. A 10-3 run from Shaw cut the WSSU lead to 30-20 with 6:31 left but the Rams responded pushing their lead back up to 15 at 38-23 before going up 42-26 at the break.
The Rams lead exploded to 51-31 at the 15:54 mark as WSSU continued its hot shooting from the first stanza. Shaw managed to trim the deficit to 16 points with 12:21 left in the contest before another Rams scoring run provided a comfortable lead coasting to a 76-52 victory over the Bears.
Junior guard Josue Kamba (Raleigh, NC) tallied a game high 16 points to lead all scorers. The Rams finished the game shooting 54 percent from the floor, including a blazing 73-percent during the first half. Shaw finished the night shooting just 34-percent.
Shaw returns to action Saturday, Feb. 15 as the Bears host cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University in a Southern Division showdown. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. inside of historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
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