Feb. 18, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Junius Chaney led all players with a season-high 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead ninth-ranked Shaw to its 18th straight victory after an 86-74 win over Fayetteville State on Saturday night at Felton J. Capel Arena.
Chaney, a former CIAA Rookie of the Year when he played at Virginia State, made 9 of 11 shots from the field and was devastating inside for the Bears (22-2, 14-0, 8-0), who remain unbeaten in league play and have not lost since an 80-62 defeat at West Florida on Dec. 13.
Tony Smith added 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Bears, who also got 16 points from Malik Alvin.
Fayetteville State (8-15, 5-9, 3-5), which came into the game having won four its last five and three straight, was led by Lenton Donnell's (Jr., Wilmington, N.C.) career-high 16 points off the bench. Tyrrel Tate (So., Raleigh, N.C.) added 15 points and eight rebounds while John Herrington (Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) shook off foul trouble to add a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bears looked every bit like one of the top teams in the nation, opening the game on an 11-2 run barely 3 minutes into the game. Shaw led by its largest margin, 28-15, with 10:27 to go in the first half.
Fayetteville State managed to weather the storm in the latter part of the period, getting a three-point play from Tate and two 3-pointers from Donnell to fuel a 14-6 run, trimming the deficit to six, 37-31, with 2:56 to go.
But the Bears responded, ripping off seven straight points to close the half for a 44-31 lead heading into the break.
Shaw built a 20-point lead midway through the second half before the Broncos answered with an 8-0 run capped by Herrington's putback, pulling Fayetteville State within 12, 62-50, with 9:21 to go.
The Bears built the lead back to 15, though, and the Broncos never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Fayetteville State hosts Livingstone on Monday night in the home finale against Livingstone. The Broncos will honor their seniors for their last home game.