WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Shaw held West Chester to 38 percent shooting on the way to a 62-55 win over the Golden Rams Sunday night in nonconference men’s basketball .
The Shaw (1-1) defense forced eight turnovers in the first eight minutes.
With 11 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the first half, Troy Hockaday hit a three for West Chester, putting them on the board for the first time. By then, the Bears had already scored 15 points with seven of them from Karron Johnson.
The three from Hockaday started an eight-point scoring run, to trim the Shaw lead to seven, but Mohammed Abdur-Rahim hit a short jumper to give the Bears a 17-8 lead.
Twice more in the half, West Chester pulled within five, but the Bears responded with points of their own to stretch the lead. Shaw took a 33-22 lead into the half.
In the final minute of the first half, Johnson, who scored 12 points in the half and finished with 17, was hit with his third foul, which limited his playing time in the second.
West Chester opened the second half with a six-point scoring run, but with 17:33 left in the game, Latrail McCoy found Jamin Shumate who drove the lane for a layup, stopping the Golden Ram scoring run and giving the Bears a 35-28 lead.
The Golden Rams scored the next five points, trimming the Shaw lead to 35-33 with 14:42 left in the game.
Curtis Hines was fouled on a made basket and converted the free throw and McCoy followed on Shaw’s next offensive trip with a 3 to stem the Golden Ram’s run.
West Chester got as close as four, but the Bears lengthened their lead, finally ending with the 63-55 win.
Shaw’s Andre Paulk had nine points while Derrick Hunter had eight. McCoy led the Bears with seven assists.
Corey Blake led West Chester with 13 points. Ryan McKeaney and Tim Flecken had 10 apiece.