By James Vallone
ROME -- Following a first half that saw Shorter shoot 33 percent from the field and score only 15 points, the Hawks turned it on for the second half to win the Gulf South Conference home game versus Christian Brothers, 56-49.
The second half saw the Hawks outscore the visiting Bucs by 20 points in a game where four of the five starters for Shorter reached double digits in points.
Walter Hill continued the hot streak since starting his season, scoring 13 points and picking up four steals.
Kenny Leverette scored 12 points, including a fast break lay-up that stretched the lead back to two possessions and ended a rally for the Bucs.
The turnaround in the second half was fueled by better shooting from the field, 59 percent, and while going 13-for-14 from the free throw line. For the game Shorter would shoot 81 percent from the line, including Banks going 4-for-4 and Ware going 4-for-6.
The Shorter defense locked down the best players for the Bucs, as the three top scoring options all were well below their season averages in points per game. Cory McArthy averaged 12.3 points was held to only two points, while Michael Drake scored five points - less than the 13.8 he was averaging, and Trey Casey score five points, half of the ten he has been posting this season.
Pat Graham and Drew Hildreth would each score 12 to top the Bucs, while McArthy would pull in eight rebounds for the team high.
The Hawks would score 10 points off 17 Buc turnovers while dominating the points in the paint, 26-16.
The Hawks will continue conference play this week on the road as they visit North Alabama on January 17 for a 9 pm tip off before returning to the Winthrop-King Centre court on January 19 to play host to Union at 4 pm.