With his team leading by only eight points at intermission, University of the District of Columbia basketball coach Wil Jones decided to keep switching units in the second half to keep the Firebirds swift and fresh.

And after building a 16-point second-half lead over Shaw University, UDC coasted to an 83-58 victory last night at the Physical Activities Center at UDC.

"When we went into the locker room, Coach Jones told us that he wasn't going to have anybody in the game if they weren't going to do their job," said junior Tim Stanfil, who finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. "He'd put two and three teams in there if we {the starters} didn't do the job.

"None of us {the starting five} wanted to come out, but it worked because the intensity level just picked up."

UDC (2-0), ranked as high as No. 1 in some preseason Division II polls, had played passively in the first half. UDC was missing from three-point range and committing front-court turnovers, but the Bears (0-3) played more lethargically, and trailed, 33-25, at halftime.

The Firebirds came out passing more effectively and forcing Shaw into numerous turnovers to start the second half. Stanfil quickly scored two baskets and Richard McLean (10 points) scored to push the lead to 39-25 before the Bears' Michael Thompson made a steal and subsequent layup to momentarily slow the Firebirds.

But Stanfil and McLean came back to the fore for the Firebirds, scoring off offensive rebounds and turnaround jumpers to give UDC a commanding 47-31 lead before the second unit entered the game.

With 6-11 UDC sophomore center Robert Pollard (eight points, 10 rebounds) manning the middle and sophomore Eric Johnson scoring on breakaway dunks, Shaw couldn't cut into the 16-point deficit.