2018-19 Basketball

Virginia Union trending up in CIAA while Chowan and Lincoln dropping

Virginia Union men and women stay hot in the 910 while Chowan and Lincoln lose to Southern Division rivals.

Double-header conference basketball games to take over Saturday? Don’t mind if I do. Six CIAA teams went head-to-head in men’s and women’s basketball on Saturday afternoon. It was an unpredictable afternoon to say the least, as four women’s and three men’s games were determined by a margin of ten points or less.

As far as “headscratchers” go there were a few, but I’ll keep it at two games and one location.

Tough Day in Fayetteville

In women’s basketball, Virginia Union (12-1, 4-1) won 63-53 over Fayetteville State (8-5, 3-2), but it was a heart-breaker for FSU. Both teams came in with just one conference loss and respective win streaks to protect. FSU was neck-and-neck with VUU for a great deal of the game and only trailed by a point at the end of the third quarter. However, VUU rallied and scored twice as many points as FSU in the final quarter to pull off the 63-53 win. Fayetteville State’s win streak ends at five and Union has now won four straight.

Fayetteville State’s men (2-10, 1-4) took the floor in hopes of turning things around, and they almost did with a 14 point advantage over Virginia Union (7-5, 4-1) at halftime. FSU had its biggest lead of the night at 17 points with seven and a half remaining in regulation. VUU wasn’t ready to quit, though, and went on a 28-11 run to take the game to overtime. Union went on to win 80-73 in overtime. VUU has now won four in a row.

Women’s Basketball Results

Bowie State: 58
Shaw: 44

Lincoln (PA): 58
Saint Augustine’s: 50

Chowan: 77
Winston-Salem State: 72

Virginia Union: 63
Fayetteville State: 53

Virginia State: 85
Livingstone: 72

Johnson C. Smith: 67 (OT)
Elizabeth City State: 64

Women’s Top Players

Kyaja Williams (Bowie State): 22 points, 11 rebounds, 10 steals
Amaya Tucker (Winston-Salem State): 34 points, 4 rebounds
Chrisanna Green (Virginia State): 30 points, 11 rebounds
Dasia Harris (Livingstone): 30 points, 5 rebounds
Macy Keen (Shaw): 20 points, 22 rebounds

Men’s Basketball Results

Saint Augustine’s: 72
Lincoln (PA): 62

Winston-Salem State: 90
Chowan: 84

Bowie State: 90
Shaw: 77

Elizabeth City State: 76
Johnson C. Smith: 63

Virginia Union: 80 (OT)
Fayetteville State: 73

Virginia State: 82
Livingstone: 71

Men’s Top Players

Amir Hinton (Shaw): 34 points, 4 rebounds
Roger Ray (Livingstone): 26 points, 4 rebounds
Will Jenkins (Virginia Union): 24 points, 10 rebounds
Zach Hobbs (ECSU): 29 points
Will Crandell (WSSU): 22 points, 8 rebounds

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