Shaw opens season with 81-79 win over Mount Olive
Posted November 8, 2013
Wilson, N.C. — Shaw University's men's basketball team held off a strong challenge in the final seconds of the game and held on to defeat Mount Olive 81-79 in their season opener at the Barton College 45-Second Classic in Wilson Gymnasium on the Barton campus Friday evening.
With 1.6 seconds showing on the clock and down 81-79, Mount Olive got the ball and threw it deep. Shaw's Andre Paulk stole the ball, but travelled. The referees put one second back on the clock and gave the ball back to the Trojans.
Dontrell Brite hit a three from the corner, but stepped on the sideline so the bucket was no good. Shaw got the ball back, threw it deep and Mount Olive's Jordan McCain stole the ball and launched a shot from mid-court that hit the backboard, but did not go in, giving Shaw the win.
Shaw won despite sloppy play. The Bears were whistled for 29 fouls - with two players fouling out - and committed 28 turnovers. In contrast, the Trojans committed 24 fouls and 19 turnovers. With just over four minutes gone in the second half, Shaw was called for its seventh foul. Four minutes after that, they put the Trojans in the double bonus by committing their tenth infraction.
Shaw's saving grace may have been Mount Olive's relative inability to convert from the free throw line, with the Trojans hitting only 15 of their 28 free throw attempts. The Bears attempted 20 free throws, but hit 16 of them.
Another difference for the Bears came in the paint, with Shaw holding a 47-36 advantage.
For most of the evening, the game was a back and forth affair, with ten ties and 21 lead changes, but each team managed to build double-digit leads at various times in the game.
The game started evenly, but Shaw scored five straight points with a little more than seven minutes gone in the first to take an 18-14 lead, but Mount Olive responded with a three that immediately cut the Shaw lead to one.
With 6:41 left in the first half, McCain hit a three that tied the game at 24 and started a 17-4 run that gave the Trojans a ten-point lead on a layup and free throw from Dory Hines.
Ali Baba Odd and Curtis Hines each hit threes for Shaw, followed by layups from Chaz Thomas and Odd to run off the next ten points and tie the game again at 38. The teams went into the locker room with the 38-all tie.
The second half started much the same way the first half had - with neither team getting more than a one-possession lead. With 12:17 left, Derrick Hunter hit a pair of free throws to give Shaw a 54-53 lead and started a 10-1 run that ended with a dunk from Shaw's Hines to give the Bears a 62-54 lead with 10:47 left in the contest.
Shaw would build the lead to ten points, 68-58, with 7:41 left in the game on a three-point play from Carlton Johnson. Three minutes later, Bilal Kelly hit a jumper that gave the Bears a 12-point 74-62 lead.
With 2:42 left in the game, Chaz Thomas got the ball on the fastbreak and threw down the dunk, giving Shaw a 78-67 lead. The Trojans responded with a full-court trap defense that forced two turnovers and an off-balance shot on Shaw's next three possessions.
On the offensive end of the court, the Trojans got a critical three-point play from Brite and a layup from Dory Hines, and a pair of free throws from McCain to cut the Shaw lead to 78-76.
Thomas hit a free throw to give the Bears a three-point lead, but MOC's Ewon Wright hit a three to tie the game at 79.
Curtis Hines missed his three-point attempt, but Paulk gathered the rebound and threw it down for the dunk and the two-point lead with 1.6 seconds showing on the clock. Despite the flurry of activity, the Bears held on to that advantage to claim the win.
Shaw's Hines was the leading scorer for the Bears with 20 points, while Paulk added 17. Koron Reed and Hunter added ten apiece. Aquil Younger had eight assists to lead Shaw. Paulk and Reed had five rebounds apiece.
Brite led the scoring for the Trojans with 17, while Hines added 14, Dominique Reed 12, Kendall Hargrove 11 and McCain ten. Reed and Hargrove led Mount Olive with five rebounds apiece while three Trojans had four assists each to pace the squad.
Both teams return to action tomorrow at the 45-Second Classic. Mount Olive will open play tomorrow afternoon as they face Elizabeth City State at 2:00. Shaw will take on host Barton at 4:00.