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CIAA Preview: Upstart FSU Looks To Keep Pushing

Fayetteville State is currently tied for first place in the CIAA’s Southern Division. (Fayetteville Observer photo)

Livingstone (11-5, 4-3) at Fayetteville State (12-5, 5-2)

Fayetteville State has been the biggest suprise of the season so far, winning nine of its last 11 contests and sitting atop the CIAA Southern Division. Livingstone got off to a 10-2 start but dropped three straight to CIAA Northern Divsion opponents to find itself tied for second place. It will have its hands full with Tyrell Tate, as the forward is averaging 24.5 points per game over his last four contests.

Dominique Byrd currently leads Elizabeth City State in scoring. (Daily Advance photo)

Lincoln (13-3, 5-2) at Elizabeth City State (9-8, 4-3)

So far this season, it appears that Elizabeth City State is one of those teams that plays up (or down) to its level of competition. It has wins against Livingstone, Winston-Salem State and Fayetteville State. It also lost to lesser Southern Division foes like Shaw and St. Aug. The A-Team will need to show up against Lincoln if ECSU wants to keep pace with the Northern Division leader.  

Marquez Jones currently leads the CIAA in scoring. (WSSU/Garrett Garms photo)

Winston-Salem State (10-7, 5-2) at Shaw (6-11, 4-3)

It’s been an up-and-down season for Winston-Salem State thus far, and Saturday’s 76-67 win over St. Aug exemplified that. WSSU led by more than a dozen points for most of the second half, but seemed to let up on the gas, allowing St. Aug to stay somewhat close. Rams head coach Bobby Collins could be heard on the sideline yelling about his team’s lack of discipline down the stretch. That lack of focus could come back to haunt them against an opportunistic Shaw team led by Curtis Hines, whose 20.2 ppg are second in the CIAA to only WSSU’s Marquez Jones (20.3 ppg).

Other games: 
St. Aug vs. JCSU 
Virginia State at Chowan
Bowie St. at Virginia Union

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