Shaw’s Bears were in no mood to lose a third straight game to J.C. Smith.
The Bears were more aggressive, especially on the boards, in beating the Golden Bulls 76-54 in the second round of the CIAA tournament Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Shaw (13-15, sixth seed in the South Division) made only 42 percent of its shots but more than compensated by outrebounding J.C. Smith (14-14) 47-16, which resulted in a 20-6 disparity in second-chance points.
“I thought it was a typo,” Bears coach Cleo Hill Jr. said. “I think it’s a testament to (seniors Joe Reid and Koron Reed). They didn’t want to go home on Day 2.”
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Reid and Reed imposed their will on J.C. Smith, scoring 16 and 15 points each while Reed grabbed 16 rebounds to match the Golden Bulls squad by himself.
“Whenever you can come into the city of Charlotte and play as well as we did against a Steve Joyner-coached team, you’ve done a lot,” Hill said. “He’s one of the best coaches in our league for all of this century and some of the last.”
But Shaw had the hungrier team, and it showed on the boards, where the Bears were relentless in going after every rebound. Shaw exploited its advantage in the second half, when it converted a one-point halftime lead into a 24-point bulge against the South No. 4 seed Golden Bulls, who were clearly spent on both ends of the floor.
“Shaw was the aggressor tonight,” J.C. Smith coach Steve Joyner said. “If you look at the statistics, they beat us up and tore us up every which way you could go. Hats off to them.”
Josh Linson scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting beyond the arc to pace the Golden Bulls. Stedmon Lemon added 10 points.
Both teams were pedestrian on offense, with Shaw taking a 26-25 lead at halftime on 42.9 percent (9-of-21) shooting compared to J.C. Smith’s 40 percent (10-of-25).
The Bears gained the upper hand by outrebounding J.C. Smith 19-10, which resulted in seven second-chance points. That was also the theme in the second half as well with Shaw continuing the onslaught while the Golden Bulls faltered.
Shaw’s work on the boards was rewarded at the free-throw line, too, with 30-of-34 conversions compared to J.C. Smith’s 15-of-26.
Chowan 65, St. Augustine’s 60: The Hawks, powered by three double-digit scorers, pulled ahead in the second half to advance. Carlos Arroyo led Chowan (15-12) with a game-high 18 points in a reserve role. Kyree Bethel added 15 and Mark Anthony Bright 14. Three Falcons (12-16) scored in double figures, paced by Anthony Gaskins’ 17 on 5-of-18 shooting. Raheem Jolliffe scored 15 and Quincy January added 13.