By James Vallone
ROME - Even when scoring 20 points below their average, the Shorter Hawks were able to pick up another home victory by defeating Gulf South Conference rival Delta State, 63-53. The Hawks are now 6-0 at home on the season.
The Hawks (9-4, 3-2 GSC) shook off a low scoring first half, scoring just 28 points despite shooting 40 percent from the field, to lead the entire game. Walter Hill started the scoring less than two minutes into the game, and the Hawks were able to quickly extend to a nine point lead less than five minutes into the game.
Shorter would twice lead by 12 points in the first half, before settling for the nine point lead at the intermission, 28-19.
Dedric Ware scored 11 points in the opening half, part of his game high 16 for the night. Hill would score eight points in the first half, while Kenny Leverette dished out all four of his assists for the game prior to the break.
Both teams would shoot an identical 12-for-24 in the second half, with Shorter claiming the advantage from the free throw line. The Hawks would connect on 80 percent of their free throws versus 67 percent for Delta State (4-8, 0-4 GSC).
Hill would score 13 points on the night, while leading the team with six rebounds. Anthony Banks would be right behind Hill in both categories, scoring 12 and grabbing five rebounds.
"I am proud of how our guys battles against a good team that is physical and well coached," said coach Chad Warner. "We are getting contributions from a lot of players and that makes a team fun to coach."
Ware had another well rounded performance, adding four rebounds and four assists to the point total, while also picking up two steals.
Shorter would dominate in the paint with the 28-16 advantage, while also picking up 20 points off of 20 Statesmen turnovers.
Delta State was led by Mike Weems coming off the bench to score 15 points and record seven rebounds to top his team in each category.
Terry Leake, the leading scorer in the GSC at 20.5 points per game, was held to 14 points on 5-for-13 shooting. Leake was able to contribute six rebounds while also adding three assists and three steals in the defeat.
Shorter is back in action on Saturday when GSC foe Christian Brothers comes to the Winthrop-King Centre for a 4 pm tip-off.