RALEIGH, NC – Five Shaw Bears scored in double –figures, and the Bears were to hold off the hot shooting of Robert Colon, as Shaw took a 86-72 win over the Rams at CC Spaulding Gym last night.
With the loss, Winston-Salem State falls to 10-13 overall, 5-8 in the CIAA and 3-4 in the Southern Division, while Shaw improves to 12-11 overall, 8-5 in the CIAA an 6-1 in the Southern Division.
Shaw jumped out quick on the Rams, but WSSU's Robert Colon tried to carry the team with his hot shooting.
WSSU took their first lead of the game on an Ameer Jackson layup, at the 15.1 mark of the first half, and Colons, Crandell and Jackson tried to keep the Bears at Bay.
The Rams ran out to an 11-point first half lead, 39-28 with 1:18 left before halftime.
Robert Colon was able to keep the Rams in front, by scoring 15 first half points, by making five three-pointers.
Shaw University stepped by their defense on Robert Colon in the second half, keeping Colon trapped in a box –in-one.
The Bears defense on Colon, and combined with their own hot shooting, got them back in the ball game, by cutting the Rams double-digit lead into single digits.
WSSU held an advantage up until the 8:45 mark, when Robert Colon hit a driving layup, but Shaw University countered with a DeAngelo Stephens-Bell layup with 12:32 remaining, and the Bears never gave the lead back.
Shaw took their largest lead at 11 points with 2:03 left, on a Russell Robinson Jr free throw.
Winston-Salem State was led in scoring by Robert Colon, who scored a game-high 26 points, and Ameer Jackson added 14 points and four rebounds. Williams Crandell scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds and Jamel McAllister added 11 points.
Shaw was led by Benji Bell, who scored 18 points, and DeAngelo Stephens-Bell finished with 15 points. Joshua Cassady added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Russel Robinson, Jr chipped in 11 points and five rebounds. David Madol added 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.
WSSU got a huge boost from its bench, outscoring the Bears 51-25, and outscored Shaw in the paint, 32-28. But the Rams fell short in free throw shooting on night, as the Rams shot 8 of 17 from the charity stripe, while Shaw made 34 of 40 free throws.