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ECSU men falter late against Livingstone

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Staff Photo by Thomas J. Turney Elizabeth City State University's Elon Edwards goes after a loose ball during the game against Saint Augustine's,Thursday, December 15, 2016.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Writer

Friday, January 6, 2017

SALISBURY — The Elizabeth City State men’s basketball team had three players score in double digits, but the Vikings fell to Livingstone 72-68 on Thursday in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association contest.

Elon Edwards and Shyhied Petteway each scored 14 points for the Vikings (1-12, 0-4 CIAA).

Kyree Marshall added 13 for ECSU.

The Vikings held a 60-55 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the second half, but Livingstone (4-8, 1-2 CIAA) outscored the Vikings 17-8 down the stretch to earn the victory.

ECSU held a rare 37-33 halftime advantage over the Blue Bears as the Vikings connected on 6 of 12 shots from behind the 3-point line.

Petteway scored 10 of his 14 points in the first 20 minutes.

ECSU went cold from the 3-point line in the second half as the Vikings only connected on 1 of 3 shots.

David Duncan scored a game-high 15 points for Livingstone, which shot 50.9 percent from the field.

Games postponed

Because of impending poor weather this weekend, Johnson C. Smith announced on Friday morning that the men’s and women’s basketball games against ECSU were postponed.

No makeup date has been selected to play the conference games.

According to Winston-Salem State, the Rams plan to face ECSU on Monday, but will make a final decision on the games on Sunday.

The ECSU basketball teams are on an extended road trip and are set to return to the Vaughan Center on Jan. 21 vs. Virginia State.

Brown’s status

ECSU guard Jalyn Brown did not play against Livingstone on Thursday because of an infection on her elbow.

The Lady Vikings lost to Livingstone 88-49.

Brown, who leads the team in scoring, said that her availability for the Lady Vikings going forward depends on if she gets cleared by a doctor next week.

Brown missed the Salem International game on Dec. 30 because of the ailment.

What’s in a record?

There has been a discrepancy on what the actual record is for the ECSU men’s basketball team.

On the CIAA website, the league has the men’s team as 0-10 overall and 0-4 in conference play following ECSU’s setback to Livingstone on Thursday.

But on the ECSU website, the school has the team listed at 1-11 overall (0-4 CIAA).

ECSU defeated Mid-Atlantic Christian 86-59 on Nov. 22 for its only win on the season.

For much of 2016-17, ECSU has viewed its 91-55 loss to Norfolk State on Nov. 15 as an exhibition and does not count it towards its record, but Norfolk State counts the game.

On the NCAA website, the Vikings are currently listed at 1-12 overall and is the source that The Daily Advance has used for the Vikings’ record this season.

A request for clarification from the CIAA was not returned by press time on Friday afternoon.

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