|Jody Hill burned Fayetteville State for 35 points on Monday. (Chris Chinaka photo)|
Livingstone, Winston-Salem State and Fayetteville State all entered Monday with a shot of at least a piece of first-place in the CIAA’s Southern Division. Livingstone maintained possession of first-place with a 116-101 win over FSU at home. Winston-Salem grabbed hold of second place with a 79-60 win over Shaw.
Livingstone jumped out to a 71-41 first half lead over FSU, as Jody Hill and Mark Thomas scored 22 points a piece. The Broncos scored 60 points and shot 61 percent in the second half before falling short. Thomas scored a game-high 42 points on 12-of-19 shooting and a blazing 7-for-9 from three-point range. Hill added 35 points on 10-of-18 shooting, going 7-for-15 from behind the arc. Tyrrel Tate led Fayetteville State with 35 points.
|Marquez Jones scored 27 points for WSSU on Monday. (Garrett Garms/WSSU photo)|
WSSU has had a few convincing wins this season but the one against Shaw on Monday night was as impressive as it gets…Rams are 15-9 (6-2)
— John Dell (@johndellWSJ) February 18, 2014
Up the road in Winston-Salem, WSSU got off to a 43-26 lead in the first half. Wykevin Bazemore scored 15 of his 16 points in the first half. He also finished with 16 rebounds. Marquez Jones scored a game-high 27 points and four steals. Preston Ross added 18 points.
Livingstone will travel to Raleigh on Wednesday to take on St. Aug. WSSU will travel to Charlotte to take on rival Johnson C. Smith. If both teams win those matchups, Saturday’s game at WSSU will decide the CIAA Southern Division title. Livingstone has beaten Winston-Salem State in each of their last four games.