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Student-Athletes & Coaches Distribute Food to Families in Need

11/22/2017 | General  Jim Juno

Virginia Union University student-athletes and coaches pitched in at Trinity Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, November 21, to distribute food to families in need of Thanksgiving dinners.

The student-athletes from women's basketball, men's basketball, cheerleading and football along with assistant football coaches distributed 165 turkeys and fixings to families who had lined up outside the church. In all, the student-athletes spent eight hours distributing food.

"There are no words to express our gratitude to these student-athletes," said Qiana Brandon, President of the Sarah C. Turner Memorial Missionary Society. "They have been invaluable."

"I cannot thank you enough for the outpouring of support demonstrated by the VUU Athletic Department during our Thanksgiving Outreach Project," said Sarah C. Turner. "The Trinity Baptist Church family was truly blessed by their strength and dedication with serving others in need in our community."

"Some people are, unfortunately, in need this season, and this is a chance for us to give back," said Trinity Gaskins of the VUU cheerleaders, the Rah Rahs. "Union does a good job of giving their student-athletes community service opportunities, so this is our chance to do something for the community."

In all, VUU student-athletes distributed a total of 165 dinners, the most ever provided in the Thanksgiving Outreach Program.
Miller, Hammond Selected for SAAC Super Region

11/22/2017 | Football

Virginia Union University's Brianna Miller and Sterling Hammond were selected to take part in the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Super Region Convention, held November 17-19 in Washington, D.C.

Miller, a member of the VUU Softball Team, and Hammond, a member of the VUU football team, were selected to attend and returned to Virginia Union with invaluable leadership skills, knowledge of Division II student-athlete initiatives and the Make It Yours brand and ways to strengthen the student-athlete voice. They also learned how to plan for successful fundraisers and work with Team IMPACT and Make-A-Wish.

The program engaged a diverse representation of student-athletes and administrators from the campus and conference levels. Participants would grow personally and professionally, gain a network of friends and return to campus with ideas they can implement to boost their SAAC.

Division II conferences in the eligible region selected two student-athletes and an administrator from each of their active member institutions, as well as a conference administrator.

For the 2017 convention, each institution in the following six conferences had an opportunity to send two student-athletes and one administrator: Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, East Coast Conference, Mountain East Conference, Northeast-10 Conference and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Each eligible institution can nominate up to four student-athletes and one administrator.
 

Bowling

Charlotte, NC – Fayetteville State University's Devondra Bazemore has been named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA) Bowler of the Month while Amaree Durfee of Virginia Union University earns Rookie Bowler of the Month after their performances during the CIAA Bowling Event #1 held in Fayetteville, NC November 10-12.

Bazemore was the top bowling individual at the November bowling event, knocking down a total of 1,392 pins. The senior played a total of seven games to mark a personal event-high 235 pins in her fifth game, for a final average of 198.86 pins.

Durfee finished tenth overall and was the Panthers' leading individual bowler during the event with a total pin count of 1,814. Playing a total of ten games, the rookie bowled an average of 181.40 pins per contest with her highest pin count occurring during her 3rd game of the event (211 pins).

CIAA bowling teams will meet for CIAA Event #2 on January 26-28, 2018 in Petersburg, Virginia.
Durfee Named CIAA Rookie Bowler of the Month

11/21/2017 | Women's Bowling

Virginia Union University's Amaree Durfee has been named the CIAA Rookie Bowler of the Month after their performances during the CIAA Bowling Event #1 held in Fayetteville, NC November 10-12, the CIAA announced on Tuesday, November 21.  Durfee, a freshman from Sacramento, Cal., finished tenth overall and was the Panthers' leading individual bowler during the event with a total pin count of 1,814. Playing a total of ten games, the rookie bowled an average of 181.40 pins per contest with her highest pin count occurring during her 3rd game of the event (211 pins).  Virginia Union will meet the other CIAA teams in theCIAA Event #2, to be held on January 26-28, 2018 in Petersburg, Virginia.
 

Football

MEAC WEEK 12 FOOTBALL HONORS

NORFOLK, Va. - Bethune-Cookman quarterback Larry Brihm, Jr. was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced today. Bethune-Cookman defensive back Diquan Richardsaon was named Defensive Player of the Week while BCU offensive lineman Chris Adams was named Offensive Lineman of the Week. Savannah  State quarterback D’Vonn Gibbins was
tabbed the MEAC Rookie of the Week while BCU punter Javaunie Francis was named Specialist of the Week.

Stefan Banks (DE/Savannah State)
Banks registered 10 tackles (7 solo); including four tackles for a loss of 26 yards, three sacks and a forced fumble in the win over South Carolina State.

Chris Faddoul (P/Florida A&M)
Faddoul averaged 46.2 yards on four punts; including a long of 53 yards and also had a punt downed at the 3-yard line against Bethune Cookman.

DeAndre Harris (QB/Morgan State)

Harris made his second consecutive start at QB and had another productive day for the Bears, despite the outcome. The sophomore completed 20-of-31 passes for 187 yards and tossed three of touchdowns. He also had 15 carries for 79 yards and scored on a 2-yard run that helped give the Bears trim Norfolks lead to 32-30 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Ricky Henrilus (RB/Florida A&M)
Henrilus led FAMU in rushing with 95 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown against Bethune Cookman to be named the Florida Classic FAMU MVP.

Devin James (LB/Bethune-Cookman)
James collected five tackles (1 solo) and a tackle for a loss in the win versus Florida A&M.

Yahkee Johnson (RB/Hampton)
Johnson rushed for a season-high 144 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns to help the Pirates defeat Howard.

Brandon Parker (LT/North Carolina A&T State)
Parker graded out at 87 percent and accounted for four pancake blocks as the Aggies amassed 358 total yards of offense against North Carolina Central.

Anthony Philyaw (RB/Howard)
Philyaw rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries; including a 43-yard touchdown. Philyaw also added 15 yards on two receptions at Hampton.

Dominique Smith (LB/Howard)
Smith recorded 11 tackles (5 solo) and a pair of tackles for a loss against Hampton.

Jamari Smith (RB/North Carolina A&T State)
Smith rushed for 99 yards on 14 carries and secured a pair of receptions for an additional 23 yards in the win over North Carolina Central.

Steven Smith, Jr. (LB/Hampton)
Smith captured career highs of 13 tackles, two sacks, and 2.5 tackles for loss as Hampton protected their home field with a win over Howard.

Ryan Stanley (QB/Florida A&M)
Stanley completed 16-of-28 passes for a total of 236 yards; including a 31-yard touchdown against Bethune-Cookman.

Jeremy Taylor (LB/North Carolina A&T State)

Taylor led the Aggies in tackles and tackles for loss recording 10 tackles (6 solo); including three tackles for a loss. Taylor also accounted for a pass breakup and a forced fumble against North Carolina Central.

J.T. Wahee (DB/Norfolk State)
Wahee recorded a career-high 11 tackles (9 solo) and also had a career-high two tackles for a loss. He also recorded a key interception that ended Morgan State’s last drive.

Jakaris Wilson (LB/Florida A&M)
Wilson secured 10 tackles (4 solo) and a tackle for a loss in the contest against Bethune Cookman.

Isaiah Winstead (WR/ Norfolk State)
Winstead led the Spartans in receiving yards with four receptions for a career-high 63 yards and a touchdown defeating Morgan State on the road.

Men Basketball

MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY MEN'S BASKETBALL HONORS
Ryan McGinty
     

NORFOLK, Va. - North Carolina A&T State’s Femi Olujobi was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the conference announced today. North Carolina A&T State’s Kameron Langley earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Bethune-Cookman’s Shawntrez Davis was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Olujobi (F, 6-8, 235, R-Jr., Long Island, NY) was on fire last week as he averaged 33 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting 70 percent (26-of-37) from the field as the Aggies finished 2-0 with wins over The Citadel and Jacksonville. He poured in 37 points and grabbed 18 rebounds at Jacksonville while scoring 29 points with nine boards versus The Citadel. The junior currently leads the nation in scoring with 30 points per game.

Langley (G, 6-2, 205, Fr., Greensboro, N.C.) led the Aggies to a 2-0 week after averaging 12.5 points on 61.5 percent shooting (8-of-13), five rebounds, 5.5 assists and two steals. He was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe and averaged a blocked shot with a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio

Davis (F, 6-9, 220, Jr., Atlanta, Ga.) averaged 12 rebounds, two blocks (4 total), 7.5 defensive rebounds and 4.5 offensive rebounds for the Wildcats last week as they went down to the wire with Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Other Top Performers

Dejuan Clayton (Coppin State) led Coppin State’s offensive efforts with 20 points on the road at Cleveland State.

R.J. Cole (Howard) recorded 22 points and 3 steals at Arkansas State and added 15 points, four steals and seven assists against Eastern Michigan.

Mastadi Pitt (Norfolk State) combined for 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in a two-game span on the road against San Diego and Grand Canyon.

Brandon Tabb (Bethune-Cookman) recorded a season-high 24 points and set a career-best knocking down eight three-pointers at Georgia Tech.

Steven Whitley (Norfolk State) captured a career-high 18 points against Grand Canyon and contributed 13 points at San Diego.

Charles Williams (Howard) scored a season-high 30 points at Arkansas State while adding three rebounds and three steals.

 
Hayes and Breeden Step Up as MBB Comes up Short to Tiffin, 88-85

11/21/2017 | Men's Basketball | Box Score

Frankfort, Ky.-Junior forward Kevin Hayes turned in his third consecutive regular season game of 20 plus points as Kentucky State University men's basketball came up short to Tiffin University, 88-85 on Tuesday night at Kates Gymnasium on the campus of Ashland University.

The Thorobreds (0-4) have started off the season winless over their first four games for the first time since the 2009-2010 season. The Dragons (2-2) picked up their first win since the season opener on Nov. 10 against Ohio Dominican.

"We gave up 19-second-chance point and 48 points in the paint tonight," said head coach Jamaal Jackson. "We weren't tough enough around the basket, on either end. We missed too many layups and gave up too many scores, along with offensive rebounds. Without William (Bryant) and Deandre (Wynn), we don't have our nasty guys, so others will have to step into that role and get the dirty work done."

KSU was put in an early hole as TU jumped ahead 11-0 in the opening 3:30 of the matchup. The Thorobreds kept it close after that pulling within two at the half 43-41. Hayes played a significant role as he accounted for 16 points in the first frame.

The second half proved to be much more of a close encounter as the two squads exchanged leads and neither held a lead of more than five points. As Hayes contributed in the first half, it was senior guard Reggie Breeden doing the same in the second half, as he scored 11 of his 20 points in the half.

KSU took its first lead of the game at 17:23 after a pair of made free throws by Breeden to put the score at 48-47. The green and gold expanded the lead to three at 52-49, but it was short-lived as TU went on a 17-11 run to go back up by five with a little over 12 minutes to play. KSU brought the game back to a stalemate at 70-70 following a made three-point bucket by junior guard Felix Wilson at 7:51. The game remained within five points, but KSU couldn't regain the lead in the final seven minutes.

Hayes ended his night with a team-high 22 points off of 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Wilson stepped up in the starting point guard role with a career-high 12 points and a team-high seven assists in place of senior guard Dorian Jordan. Junior forward Austin Sherrell added 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Thorobreds will play again tomorrow, Nov.22 against host Ashland University at 3 pm ET.
 

Hawks Men's Basketball Downs Builders On Road

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.- The Chowan Basketball team finished off their fourth straight win of the season with a 72-62 victory over the Apprentice School on Wednesday afternoon on the road.

THE BASICS

FINAL | Chowan 72, Apprentice School 62

RECORDS | Chowan 4-0, Apprentice School 0-5

LOCATION | Newport News, Va.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

Four players scored in double-figures for the Hawks. Robert Grubbs led the charge with his first career double-double notching 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Gus Rowland (16), Time Hewett (13), and Diamante Brown (12) chipped in with double-figures.

Dino Muminovic and Trevis Buckhanon wreaked havoc on the defensive end of the floor with seven and four blocks respectively. Muminovic's seven blocks are a program record.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half:

Unlike in the first meeting, Chowan jumped out to an early 12-2 run. Gus Rowland started off the contest with a layup followed by a Tim Hewett trey.

The Builders hit two free throws early before Robert Grubbs completed the three-point play. Demetrius Sandersmade a layup as Tim Hewett completed the run with a pair of freebies.

The Apprentice School ended the run with a three-point play and a layup to bring the score to 12-7 in favor of the Hawks.

Tim Hewett putback his own miss to get the Hawks back into the scoring column followed by back-to-back buckets by Gus Rowland.

Swapping free throws midway through the half allowed the Hawks to extend lead back to double-figures.

A knock down three by Robert Grubbs with 6:22 remaining in the half saw the Hawks lead move to 28-15.

Chowan and Apprentice School traded baskets through the remainder of the half as the Hawks led 39-27 at the break.

Second Half:

The Apprentice School would cut the deficit to nine, 43-34, following a three but Diamante Brown put the Hawks back up to double-figures with a jumper.

A quick 6-0 run by the Builders brought the score to 47-40 with just over 16 minutes to play in the half. Back-to-back baskets by Robert Grubbs and a triple by Diamante Brown pushed the lead back to 14, 54-40.

Gus Rowland finished the and-one opportunity to give the Hawks their largest lead at 17, 57-40.

The Hawks would keep the contest in double-figures until the Builders cut into the deficit with a 6-0 run with 3:21 remaining, 63-57.

Chowan hit 9-10 free throws down the stretch with Gus Rowland scoring 7-8 from the stripe to finish off the Apprentice School comeback.

UP NEXT

The Hawks continue their road trip on Saturday, November 25 as Chowan travels to Aiken, S.C. to face USC Aiken in a non-conference bout.
 

 
HAMPTON HOLDS OFF LUMBERJACKS 76-66
Jim Heath
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A 20-4 start for Hampton on Thanksgiving morning proved huge as the Pirates held off Northern Arizona 76-66 in the opening game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational on Thursday.

With the win, Hampton (2-4) advances to face the winner of Rider-Cal Irvine on Friday night at approximately 10pm EST in the Orleans Arena.

The Pirates scored the first six points of the game and held a 9-4 advantage following a JoJo Anderson 3-pointer for NAU (0-5) at the 15:19 mark. Hampton clamped on the defense and held the Lumberjacks scoreless over the next 3:30 as a Jermaine Marrow layup with 11:49 left put Hampton up 20-4.

That lead grew to as much as 19 points on two occasions, a layup from Akim Mitchell with 5:07 left in the half put Hampton up 31-12. NAU closed the half on a 13-6 spurt to trim the deficit to 37-25 at the half.

In the second half, Hampton held an 18-point lead following a dunk from Charles Wilson-Fisher put the Pirates up 51-33 with 13:21 left. NAU slowly worked back into the contest trimming the deficit to 62-57 with a pair of Torry Johnson free throws with 4:52 left. Hampton was 9-of-10 from the foul line in the final 4:52 to keep the Lumberjacks at bay.

Marrow was the leading scorer in the game for Hampton with 19 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. Wilson-Fisher had his first double-double of the year with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Mitchell had 10 points and three rebounds.

Hampton shot 27-of-55 from the floor (49.1%), 18-of-27 from foul line (66.7%) an outrebounded NAU 42-32.

For more information on Hampton University men's basketball, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
 
(MEN'S Bb FULL STORY) Indiana (Pa.) Men’s Basketball Edges Bowie State’s Bulldogs 69-62

BOWIE, Md. – Visiting Indiana (Pa.) University men’s basketball held off the Bowie State Bulldogs for a 69-62 road win at A.C. Jordan Arena on Wednesday night. This marked the fourth loss in a row for Bowie State in five outings.

The Bulldogs were paced by senior Ahmaad Wilson (Baltimore, Md.) with a game-high 22 points (15 in the first half) and a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds (both person season highs) by sophomore Saiquan Jamison (Upper Marlboro, Md.). Redshirt sophomore David Belle (Hyattsville, Md.) rounded out Bowie State’s double figure scorers with 10 points to go along with five rebounds.

Bowie State dominated on the glass, holding a 42-29 advantage in rebounds and converted 13 Indiana (Pa.) turnovers into 19 points.

Jacobo Diaz led four Indiana (Pa.) players in double-figures, scoring a team-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, going 7-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from the foul line in 37 minutes. Joining Diaz were Dante Lombardi and Malik Miller with 12 points each, and Anthony Glover, Jr. tallied 11 points.

It was the third win in a row for the Indiana (Pa.) Crimson Hawks and fourth in the last five games, as they improved to 4-3 on the season.

Bowie State (1-4) led for the first nine minutes until Glover drained a 3-pointer to give the Crimson Hawks a 19-17 lead. That three was part of a 10-0 run for IUP, which took a 24-17 lead when Lombardi sunk a 3-pointer of his own with eight minutes left in the first half.

The Bulldogs did come back to knot the score at 24-1ll, but the Crimson Hawks took a 34-32 lead into halftime. IUP outshot Bowie 53.6 percent to 28.1 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but the Bulldogs kept it close by converting 10-of-12 from the foul line.

After an early second half bucket by Belle gave Bowie State a 39-38 lead, Indiana (Pa.) grabbed that lead right back with another 3-pointer by Lombardi and didn't relinquish that advantage for the rest of the night.

The Bulldogs did make it a two-point ballgame with under two minutes to play, but the Crimson Hawks converted from the line when they needed to, making 7-of-8 from the charity stripe down the stretch to ice the victory.

Bowie State will look to snap its four-game slide when they return to action on Saturday (November 25th) at Augusta (Ga.) University. Tip time is 4 p.m. in the George A. Christenberry Fieldhouse.

 
 Bowie State Falls Short to Visiting #9 Indiana (Pa.) 53-37

Gregory Goings

BOWIE., Md. – Indiana (Pa.) University held a slim first half lead and broke the game open late in the third quarter to defeat Bowie State University women’s basketball 53-37 on Wednesday evening in the A.C. Jordan Arena. The loss was Bowie State’s first of the year and sets the Bulldogs record at 4-1 heading into the Thanksgiving break.

Senior Kiara Colston (Burtonsville, Md.) was the only Bulldogs player to score in double figures with 11 points. Graduate student Sade Chatman (Minneapolis, Minn.) contributed nine points and tied for team-high rebound honors with six. Senior Kyah Proctor (Capital Heights, Md.) chipped in seven points while sophomore Kyaja Williams (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Ty-Nita Baker (Houston, Miss.) rounded out Bowie State scorers with four and two points respectively.

IUP (5-0) was led by Megan Smith with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor to go along with five rebounds, one block and one steal. Carolyn Appleby recorded 14 points and Lauren Wolosik tallied 11 points in the win for the Crimson Hawks.


The Crimson Hawks led just 15-13 at halftime, as both teams combined to shoot just 12-of-49 from the floor. Indiana (Pa.) came out hot in the third quarter, using a 10-0 run during a 2:08 span to grab a 32-21 lead near the end of the period.


The scoring continued in the fourth, with an 8-0 run giving the Crimson Hawks a comfortable 18-point lead with five minutes to play. After just 15 points in the first half, IUP scored a combined 38 points in the third and fourth quarters to post the 26-point win. IUP finished the night shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, hitting 20-of-47 field goals, which included 4-of-17 behind the 3-point line.

Bowie State’s Bulldogs struggled shooting the entire evening, finishing the game with a field goal shooting percentage of 28 percent (14-of-50), which included a frigid 16.7 percent from the field (2-of-12) in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs women will break for Thanksgiving and return to the hardwood on Thursday, November 30th, traveling to Goldey-Beacom College (Wilmington, Del.). Game time is set for 6 p.m. in the Joseph West Jones Center.

 
NCCU Eagles Held off by Marshall

Duren, Jonathan

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – North Carolina Central University staged a late run to pull within single-digits with under three minutes remaining, but Marshall was able to hold off the resurgent Eagles for a 92-84 final score at the Cam Henderson Center on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

NCCU (2-4) got off to a hot start as Reggie Gardner, Jr. (Bowie, Md.) nailed a quick barrage of threes to give the Eagles a 9-7 lead over Marshall (3-2) in the early stages. Marshall went on a run of its own to flip the tables, but the Eagles held tight and went to the half down nine, 47-38.

The Thundering Herd opened up a 17-point lead in the second half, but the Eagles were unfazed and clawed their way back, and trimmed the lead to single-digits with under three minutes to go.

It took some timely threes from Gardner, and Zacarry Douglas (Landover, Md.) for the Eagles to make their way back into the game, but the Thundering Herd were able to keep the Eagles at bay for a 92-84 final.


Raasean Davis (Chicago, Ill.) was again a driving force for the Eagles with a career-high 21 points and five rebounds, and Gardner also had a career-high with 17 points as he splashed five treys in the contest. Douglas also hit a career-high with 15 points, along with Larry McKnight, Jr. (North Miami, Fla.) who matched him with 15 points and a career-high five rebounds.

Marshall was led by Ajdin Penava (Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina) who put 23 points with five rebounds, and Jon Elmore (Charleston, W. Va.) scored a game-high 24 points with four three-pointers, and dished out a game-high nine assists.

NCCU shot 53.2 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from the perimeter as a team, and Marshall shot 54.1 percent from the floor in a highly-accurate contest.

NCCU finishes up its slate in the Global Sports Invitational at Illinois on Friday, Nov. 24.
 
Celts defeat Gold Rush 63-61 in closing seconds

Ed Cassiere

November 22, 2017

HOUSTON -- Xavier University of Louisiana freshman Rayshawn Mart scored a career-high 16 points Wednesday, but St. Thomas (Texas) rallied in the final 2 1/2 minutes for a 63-61 men's basketball victory.

The Celts (5-1) won their fifth in a row and snapped the two-game win streak of the Gold Rush (6-3). XULA has dropped three straight on the road.

Virgil Davison's fourth 3-pointer of the game gave the Gold Rush a 57-54 lead with 2:32 remaining. XULA grabbed its final lead, 61-60, on Mart's basket with 24 seconds to play.

Paul Taulton's basket with 14 seconds remaining put St. Thomas ahead to stay, 62-61. After a XULA turnover on the next possession, Bryon Makel made 1-of-2 free throws for the Celts with one second remaining.

Mart, scoring in double figures for the second straight game and the fourth time this season, was 6-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the line in 24 minutes. Davison scored 14 points, and Jeff Dixon had eight points and five assists. Elex Carter had team highs of six rebounds and two blocked shots.

Makel scored 13 points and Taulton 10.

XULA trailed 30-21 at halftime after being outscored 20-5 in the final 11 minutes, but the Gold Rush got back in contention by shooting 55.6 percent from the floor in the second half. There were 10 ties and eight lead changes in the final period.

For the game, XULA outshot St. Thomas 44.2 to 35.8 percent from the floor. But the Celts were plus-10 in turnovers, committing 12 and gaining 22. St. Thomas produced 11 steals, four by Lennard Robinson.

The Gold Rush will break for Thanksgiving, then resume the schedule next Wednesday at 7 p.m. against NAIA No. 2 LSU-Alexandria at the Convocation Center. It'll be a doubleheader, with the Gold Nuggets and LSUA tipping off at 5.
 
Rams Offense Slowed Down in 79-56 Loss at USC-Aiken

WSSU held to season-low 56 points in hard-fought loss

AIKEN, SC – The points proved to be hard to come by for the Winston-Salem State Rams (2-4) in a 79-56 road loss to the USC-Aiken Pacers (3-2), Wednesday afternoon. The Rams gave a solid effort throughout the game, but the team was stifled by some tough Pacer defense in the hard-fought loss.

The Rams’ offensive struggles stifled the team’s effort to get into the game. As a team, the Rams shot 30.6% (19-of-62) in the loss while allowing the Pacers to shoot 43.8% (28-of-64). WSSU senior guard Tiana Edwards led the way for the Rams with 14 points while freshman guard Nyona Shields came off the bench for a career-high 10 points. Senior center Kandace Tate and junior forward Brionna Pate both pulled in seven rebounds to lead the way for the WSSU rebounding effort.

The first half of the game saw a solid overall effort for the Rams. In the first quarter, the Rams got off to a slow start, but the team was able to get back into the game with a solid effort late in the quarter. The Rams began the quarter by falling into an 12-2 deficit in the quarter, but the team stormed back in a big way. The team closed the quarter with a 10-3 run that included five points from Shields. The effort letr the Rams within two points of the Pacers, 15-12, at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Rams had another tremendous effort. Early in the quarter, Edwards led a strong comeback effort by the Rams. The run gave the team its first lead of the game, 19-17 after a jumper from Edwards. With 6:14 left in the quarter. After USC-Aiken tied the game, Edwards would keep the Rams ahead when she connected on a three-pointer with 2:04 left in the quarter that left WSSU on top, 24-21. However, the Rams’ offensive struggles would soon kick in as the three-pointer was the Rams’ last field goal of the half as the team took a 25-25 tie into the locker room at halftime.

The second half turned out to be a hard one for the Rams as the team was outscored a combined 54-31 in the final two quarters. Early in the third quarter, the Rams were able to keep up with the Pacers as a jumper from senior forward Briana Arnold gave the Rams a 30-29 lead with 8:14 left in the quarter. The Rams fell victim to a 17-2 run by the Pacers to fall behind, 46-32 with 3:33 left in the quarter. From there, the Rams continued to struggle for the remainder of the quarter and took a 57-41 deficit into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Rams made an effort to get back into the game, but the team could get no closer than 13 points, 66-53 after a Pate free throw with 4:08 left to play. The final minutes were especially tough for the Rams as a Pate lay-up with 2:17 left to play was the final field goal of the game for the Rams who ended the day with the 79-56 loss.

The loss leaves the Rams with a 2-4 overall record. The team will return to action, Sunday when the team returns to the road to take on Converse College in a 3:00 p.m. For more information on Rams women’s basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.
 
JCSU Men's Basketball Takes Down Lees-McRae, 77-61Culler, Kenneth C.

Charlotte,  N.C. (Nov. 21, 2017) –  The Johnson C. Smith University men’s basketball team held visiting Lees-McRae to just 28.8 % from the field and forced 19 turnovers, taking a 7-61 nonconference win on Tuesday night at Brayboy Gym.

After Lees McRae took the 13-11 lead following a Jason Saintizaire basket, the Golden Bulls went on a 14-4 run capped by a Robert Davis (West Friendship, Md.) layup, making it 25-17 with 6:57 left in the first half.  The JCSU lead would expand to 15 points (36-21) with 1:17 left after
Arthur Bennett (Poweder Springs, Ga.) connected on a pair of free throws.

Lees-McRae would cut the lead to 36-24 with 22 seconds before the half on a free throw from
Lapreece Lynch.  After a JCSU turnover, the Bobcats looked to further cut into the JCSU lead, but a Jordan Turner three pointer at the buzzer was off the mark heading into the halftime break.

Lees-McRae made a 8-0 run to start the second half, cutting the JCSU lead to 36-34 following a breakaway dunk and three-pointer from Saintizaire.

The Golden Bulls regrouped, building the lead back to 16 points (55-39) with 10:10 to go after two more Bennett free throws.  JCSU kept pouring it on, building their largest lead of the game 76-55 and would keep Lees-McRae at bay, leading by no less than 16 points the rest of the way.

Individually, Roddric Ross (Forest City, N.C.)  contributed a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds on the night.  He finished 6-of-10 from the field, hit one from distance and added a free throw.

Davis, led all scorers with 27 points on a 9-of-20 outing, including three from long range.  He also finished 6-of-7 from the free throw line.  Senior guard Christian Kirchman (Roanoke, Va.) had 12 points and added a team-best seven assists while Bennett also had a season-high 12 points.

The win improves JCSU to 4-2 on the year while Lees-McRae drops to 2-3.

The Golden Bulls will have a short turnaround, hosting local foe Belmont Abbey on Friday, Nov. 24 at 6:00 p.m.

 
 

Women Basketball


MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS

Jeff Cunningham

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 21, 2017—North Carolina Central junior Jayla Calhoun was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference office announced today. Coppin State’s Maraiyah Smith earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Norfolk State senior Kayla Roberts was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Calhoun (G, 5-10, Jr., Houston, Texas) opened the 2017-18 season with a 25-point, eight-rebound, three-block effort in an 87-75 win over Longwood this past Tuesday. She went 8-for-12 from the floor (.667) and added a pair of assists in helping first-year head coach Trisha Stafford-Odom win her NCCU coaching debut.

Smith (G, 5-5, Fr., Owings Mills, Md.) scored 13 points against Stephen F. Austin to go along with two steals – before grabbing six rebounds and dishing out two assists in helping the Eagles defeat Mount St. Mary’s for their first win of the season.

Roberts (G/F, 6-1, Sr., Miami, Fla.) grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds – 11 on the defensive end – at Navy this past Friday in a game in which she also had a pair of blocked shots and two steals.

Other Top Performers

Brianna Battle (B-CU) scored 10 points and had four rebounds in a win over Prairie View A&M.

Kanesha Battle (B-CU) dropped 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Prairie View A&M.

Ashanti Hunt (B-CU) grabbed nine rebounds and had two blocks against Prairie View A&M.


Chance Graham (CSU) averaged 9.0 rebounds per game and had 14 boards in a win over Mount St. Mary’s (Md.).

Genesis Lucas (CSU) scored 20 points against Mount St. Mary’s and averaged 18.0 points and 6.3 assists per game for the week.

NaJai Pollard (DSU) turned in a 27-point, 10-rebound effort at DePaul and was named to the Maggie Dixon All-Tournament Team.

Tariah Johnson (HOW) had eight total rebounds and three combined blocks in losses to Georgetown and Vermont.

Curstyn Moore (HOW) scored 12 points at Vermont, grabbing eight rebounds – after a 10-point, six-rebound effort at Georgetown.

Florence Ouattara (FAMU) scored 23 points at Texas Tech and had 20 more in a loss at Omaha.

 
 
November 21, 2017

NCCU’s Jayla Calhoun Named MEAC Player of the Week

NORFOLK, Va. — A career-high performance by Jayla Calhoun in the Eagles opener earned the North Carolina Central University junior guard Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors announced by the league office Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Calhoun scored 25 points in leading NCCU to an 87-75 home victory over Longwood University on Tuesday.


Her career-high point total, which bested her previous high of eight points by 17 points, helped secure a victory in first year head coach Trisha Stafford-Odom’s debut for the Eagles.

Calhoun had a hot hand against the Lancers, shooting 66.7-percent (8-of-12) from the field and 90% (9-of-10) from the free throw line.

The Houston, Texas, product complimented her offense with eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists.

Calhoun becomes the second Eagle to earn MEAC Player of the Week since NCCU joined the league in 2011 (Khyra Conerly on Nov. 17, 2014). The Eagles have had six MEAC Rookie of the Week and five MEAC Defensive Player of the Week.

NCCU (1-1) is coming off a road loss at Wofford College on Nov. 21. The Eagles next host 18th-ranked Oregon State University on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

-EAGLE PRIDE-
 
 

Second Quarter Surge Leads Bowie State Women’s Basketball to 72-56 Win at Wilmington (Del.)

WILMINGTON, Del. - Sophomore Kyaja Williams (Baltimore, Md.) notched a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bowie State University Bulldog women's basketball to a 72-56 non-conference win at Wilmington (Del.) University on Monday evening.

Seniors Kyah Proctor (Capital Heights, Md.), Kiara Colston (Burtonsville. Md.) and Ty-Nita Baker (Houston, Miss.) added 15, 12 and 11 points respectively in the win. Graduate student Sade Chatman (Minneapolis, Minn.) chipped in eight points and ranked second on the team in rebounds with seven while redshirt junior Pere Alexander (Baltimore, Md.) contributed four points and a pair of rebounds for Bowie State. Senior Lisa Jing (Laurel, Md.) along with sophomores Amel Duggins (Largo, Md.) and Dynaisha Christian (Pocomoke, Md.) rounded out the Bulldogs’ scorers with two points apiece.

Neither team shot the ball very well, with both teams coming back after games on Saturday. But the Bulldogs (4-0) remained perfect by outscoring the Wildcats (2-3), 30-17, in the second quarter to take a 17-point lead into the halftime break.

The Wildcats assisted on 14 of their 21 made baskets, but the Bulldogs turned 20 Wilmington turnovers into 25 points, as compared to the Wildcats' 15 points off 16 Bulldog turnovers. The Bulldogs also outscored the Wildcats in the paint, 30-26, and second chance points, 16-11.

After the Bulldogs opened the game with a 15-11 advantage in the first quarter, they came out and shot 58.8 percent from the floor, including a perfect 9-of-9 from the foul line in the second quarter to seize the momentum.

Bowie State came out and scored the first seven points of the second quarter, en route to a 16-4 run for a 31-15 lead. Wilmington’s Macy Robinson closed the quarter by hitting three three-pointers for the Wildcats, but Alexander hit a jumper as time expired to take a 45-27 lead into the locker room.

The Bulldogs held a 21-point advantage with 5:01 left in the third quarter, as Colston hit a three-pointer to give Bowie State a comfortable 54-33 lead. The Wildcats charged back with a 10-4 run of their own to cut the deficit to 58-43 with 1:38 left in the quarter, but the Bulldogs closed out the stanza with the final six points of the quarter for the 64-43 lead after three.

Bowie State scored the first two points of the fourth quarter for their largest lead of the game, 66-43, before Ebonee Dixon sparked an 8-0 run for the Wildcats. She put home an offensive rebound opportunity before Nyree Grant made back-to-back layups. Robinson capped the 8-0 run with another layup, trimming the Bulldogs’ lead to 66-51 with 5:13 showing on the clock. LaShyra Williams brought the Wildcats to as close as 14-points with a pair of free throws, but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the game.

Bowie State’s Bulldogs will entertain the Crimson Hawks of Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. in BSU’s A.C. Jordan Arena.

 
 

CU Women's Basketball Travels To Broncos Classic

Evann Carpenter

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Women's Basketball Team participates in the Fayetteville State Broncos Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday, November 24-25. The Hawks will face St. Augustine's in the first contest followed by the host Broncos on Saturday. Both contests are non-conference games against familiar CIAA opponents.

Friday, November 24

Saturday, November 25


v St. Augustine's

At Fayetteville State

Fayetteville, N.C. (Capel Arena)

Fayetteville, N.C. (Capel Arena)

GAME DAY CENTRAL

GAME DAY CENTRAL

HAWKS HIGHLIGHTS
Chowan fell to 4-1 on the young season after dropping their third road contest in four days falling to Catawba 75-72 on Monday.

Dhyamond Crenshaw leads the Hawks with 17.2 points per game. Chantel Roberts is not far behind after producing a career-high 27 points against Catawba now averaging 16.2 ppg. Roberts is tallying 7.2 boards per contest.

ABOUT THE FALCONS
St. Augustine's is 2-3 on the season and off to a hotter start as the Falcons notched only three wins all of last season.

The Falcons rank second in the CIAA in forced turnovers and at the top in steals averaging 15 a game. Kaaliya Williams leads the team with 15.0 points per contest.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS
Fayetteville State is 2-2 on the season and is coming off a home victory on Monday against Paine.

Jamesha Mosley leads the Broncos on both sides of the floor with 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest.

LAST MEETING
Chowan picked up two wins against St. Augustine's and Fayetteville State last season including playing in the FSU Broncos Thanksgiving Classic. The Hawks defeated the Broncos 66-61 before picking up the 103-51 win over the Falcons.

In CIAA play, Chowan won 70-61 (FSU) and 91-64 (SAU).
 

 
Fayetteville State Women Crushes Paine, 68-51

Adrian Ferguson

by Ja’Shawn Steward-Johnson


Fayetteville, NC – The Fayetteville State University (2-2 overall) women’s basketball team beat the Paine Lions 68-51, Tuesday evening in Capel Arena.

Senior forward Jamesha Mosley (Oak Grove, KY) led the Broncos with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore guard Shantel Bennett (Sanford, NC) was second among the Broncos in points with 12 and 4 rebounds. Junior guard Noni Kuumba (Tracy, CA) came off the bench to contribute 10 points and 4 assists.


In a fast-paced full-court pressure type of game, the Broncos scored 20 fast break points and 22 points off 22 Lion turnovers. FSU out-rebounded Paine 48-34, had 23 offensive boards for 25 second-chance points and a whopping 50 points in the paint versus Paine’s 26.

Fayetteville State opened the game on an 8-3 run and extended their lead to 14-7, by being active on both ends of the floor. With less than a minute to go, the Lions went on a 5-0 run to end the first quarter down 14-12.

Paine tied the game, 14-14, early in the second quarter; however, the Broncos finished the half on a 13-5 run over the course of eight (8) minutes and a 29-19 halftime lead. FSU forced ten (10) turnovers with its stout full-court press and held the Lions to 3-of-10 shooting.

Paine fought back in the third quarter cutting the Bronco lead down to five (39-34) behind the efforts of Keondra Archie and Tania Ward. Archie finished the game with 15 points along with Ward’s ten (10). The Lions went on the 7-0 run before Shantel Bennett (Sanford, NC) exploded with eight (8) points to stymie a potential Paine comeback.

In the fourth quarter, Fayetteville State pulled away, outscoring the Lions 25-15. The Broncos dominated in the paint, scoring 16 points and put back 13 points off second-chance opportunities. During a 13-4 run, the lead extended from 45-36 to 58-40. With less than three minutes to go, FSU led by as many as 20 points (64-44).

Fayetteville State will host its first-ever FSU Broncos Thanksgiving Classic on Friday, November 24th and Saturday the 25th. Saint Augustine’s University will open the classic in a non-conference game against cross-divisional opponent Chowan at 4 p.m. The Broncos will take on Elizabeth City State at 6 p.m. The Falcons will start the second day against ECSU at 2 p.m. and FSU will see Chowan at 4 p.m.
 
SECOND QUARTER DRY SPELLS DOOMS LADY PIRATES AT UVA
Jim Heath
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A second quarter 20-5 run by the Virginia Cavaliers proved too much to overcome as Hampton pushed back to within three points but fell 66-62 on Tuesday night in John Paul Jones Arena.

Hampton (1-2) looking to knock off its second Atlantic Coast Conference opponent this year, jumped out to a 9-7 lead on three 3-pointers. Virginia used a 6-0 flurry to take a 13-9 lead and used a three-pointer from Aliyah Huland El to take a 16-13 lead with 27 seconds left in the first quarter.

A bucket from Allina Starr 24 seconds into the second quarter tied the game at 16. Hampton then saw the Cavaliers rip off the 20-5 run to take a 36-21 lead with 1:48 left in the half on a 3-pointer from J’Kyra Brown. A Mikayla Sayle layup and three points from DeJane James closed the half for Hampton down 36-26.

Monnazjea Finney-Smith hit consecutive 3-pointers to start the third quarter as Hampton quickly got back into the contest. An Ashley Bates layup with 27 seconds left in the third brought Hampton to 50-48, but a driving jumper from Jocelyn Willoughby gave UVA a 52-48 advantage heading into the fourth.

Virginia pushed the lead to 11 midway in the fourth on a Dominique Toussaint layup with 7:05 left for a 59-48 lead. Hampton did have one last push as 3-pointers from Finney-Smith and K’Lynn Willis got them to within four points as Willis’ triple closed the scoring at 66-62.

Finney-Smith scored 17 points and James added 13 to lead Hampton who was 21-of-61 from the floor (34.4%), 11-of-28 from 3-point range (39.3%) and outrebounded Virginia 40-32 including a 20-8 advantage on the offensive boards.

Hampton now travels to Stockton, California to participate in the Tiger Turkey Tipoff hosted by the University of the Pacific. The Lady Pirates tangle with Brown on Friday at 4 pm.

For more information on Hampton University women’s basketball, visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
 
 
JCSU Women’s Basketball Throttles Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 77-48
K.C. Culler


Charlotte,  N.C. (Nov. 20, 2017) –
 The Johnson C. Smith University women’s basketball team had a big second quarter and were never threatened again, downing the University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon 77-48 at Brayboy Gym on Monday evening.

The Golden Bulls started to pull away from the visiting Cowgirls late in the first quarter.  After trailing
16-15 with 1:29 remaining, JCSU went on a 6-0 run to close the quarter after baskets from
Kendall Adams (Opelika, Ala.), Malia Rivers (Pageland, S.C.), and La’Zarea Bowens (Knightdale, N.C.), putting JCSU up 21-16 after one.

JCSU continued their run, extending the advantage to 34-20 with 3:11 to play after back-to-back three pointers from Maiya Green (San Antonio, Tex.) and JaKeyah McNeil (Fayetteville, N.C.).   UPRB cut the lead to 39-29 with 33 seconds left when Ideslie Cardona knocked down a three, but a layup from Green seconds later gave JCSU the 41-29 lead at halftime.

The JCSU lead would swell to as many as 27 points (58-31) in the third quarter following two Bowens free throws with 4:37 left.  The Cowgirls cut the deficit to 21 points on two occasions, the latter at the 1:48 mark after a Nicolle Diaz free throw.  JCSU’s Xana Dove (West Palm Beach, Fla.) would hit a free throw of her own with 37 seconds left o push the JCSU lead to 61-39 after the third.

The fourth quarter was more of the same, as JCSU led by as many as 32 points and allowed the Cowgirls to pull no closer than 29 points.

As a team, JCSU forced 27 Cowgirl turnovers and converted those to 27 points.  The Golden Bulls also held a decisive advantage inside with a 43-20 advantage in points in the paint.  JCSU managed a 38.9% shooting effort (28-of-72) and was 5-of-18 from long range, good for 27.8%. 

Individually, freshman La’Zarea Bowens led the way with 19 points while teammates Kendall Adams and Maiya Green each had 13.  Jamia Johnson (Durham, N.C.) had a terrific performance down low, bringing in a team-best 12 rebounds.

Puerto Rico-Bayamon got 10 points each from Nicolle Diaz and Ideslie Cardona.

The win improves JCSU to 4-0 on the year while UPRB falls to 0-4.

JCSU will be in action this upcoming Friday, Nov. 24 at the Eckerd College Classic in St. Petersburg, Fla.  JCSU takes on host Eckerd and will battle Florida Southern on Nov. 25.

 
 

Volleyball

 

Volleyball earns automatic bid to NIVC

Hawks headed to first postseason since 2012, and third overall

FORT COLLINS, Colorado – Maryland Eastern Shore’s volleyball team garnered an automatic bid to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Tuesday (Nov. 21), earning their third trip to the postseason as a program, and the first since 2012.
An opponent will be announced Sunday (Nov. 26), after the NCAA Tournament makes its selections that evening.
The 2017 NIVC tournament returns from a hiatus in place since 1995, and will consist of 32 teams with participating schools hosting all matches. Teams are offered automatic berths by the NIVC when they are highest-finishing team in its conference regular-season standings, and are not selected for the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawks finished the season 27-8 before being ousted by Florida A&M in the MEAC semifinals. Howard won the title and based on a variety of factors should be the MEAC’s lone representative at NCAA’s.
“After a nearly 22-year hiatus, we are excited to announce the first 15 schools that have received and accepted an automatic berth into the 2017 event,” said NIVC director Sean Hardy. “We are still waiting on a few other AQ’s from several conferences, but we are excited to see the 32-team field getting closer and closer to reality.”
Originally known as the Women’s Invitational Volleyball Championship, the NIVC made its first run from 1989-1995, with Wisconsin winning the inaugural title.
Eight participating schools will host several opponents in Rounds 1 and 2 slated for Nov. 28-30. Round 3 will take place Dec. 1-3, Semifinals (Dec. 4-9), and Championship on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. ET, to be streamed live on ESPN3.

 
Rams Earn Eighth Seed and Will Face Top-Seeded Wheeling Jesuit at 2017 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament

WSSU to face Cardinals for the second time in regional tournament

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Winston-Salem State Rams (22-7) will face a familiar foe when the team makes its return to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament. The Rams earned the eighth seed in the tournament and will take on the top-seeded Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals (31-5) to open the tournament.

The Rams and the Cardinals last met in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament when the Rams took a three-set loss in the team’s first NCAA post-season appearance in school history.

Winston-Salem State will have its hands full when they head to Wheeling, West Virginia to take on the top-seeded host Cardinals. Wheeling Jesuit has won the Atlantic Region every year since 2011 and captured its fifth straight Mountain East Conference championship, Saturday.

While the Rams will face a daunting task, the team will not go into the match empty handed as they return to the NCAA post-season after claiming their second Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Volleyball Championship in three seasons.

The 2017 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament is scheduled to take place from November 30th – December 2nd at the Alma Grace McDonough Center on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University. Dates and times for the tournament matches will be announced at a later time.