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Crushing Loss

Vikings fall in final seconds to Hawks

Chowan 64 ECSU 60

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Elizabeth City State men's basketball team lost to Chowan 64-60 at the Vaughan Center Saturday.

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By Craig Moyer
Sports Writer

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Elizabeth City State and Chowan went back-and-forth throughout Saturday’s Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association contest at the Vaughan Center.

In the end, it was the Hawks coming away with the thrilling 64-60 in the Northern Division clash.

A pair of free throws from Chowan’s Gus Rowland with 20 seconds remaining in the game gave the Hawks a 62-60 lead.

Rowland led the Hawks with 19 points while also grabbing five rebounds.

After a missed opportunity at the other end for the Vikings, Chowan sealed the victory with two more free throws with less than a second remaining.

ECSU (5-6, 1-3 CIAA) took a 32-24 lead into the half, but the Hawks fought back hard early in the second half.

Chowan (6-8, 2-4 CIAA) opened the second half on an 8-0 run to take a 36-34 lead, their first lead since 18-17 at 10:18 of the opening half.

The final 15 minutes of the game was tightly contested, with neither team taking a lead of more than five points.

The Vikings found themselves trailing 60-57 in the final minute, but a defensive stand and a three-pointer from John Maynor tied the game at 60.

That is when the Hawks went 4-of-4 from the line in the closing seconds to take the victory.

ECSU head coach John Hill gave credit to Chowan for the hard-fought win, but said his team hurt their chances by missing some easy shots.

“We did ourselves a disservice by missing a lot of layups that we typically make, we probably left about 20 points out there tonight on missed layups,” Hill said.

The head coach added that his team also struggled at the free throw line, but battled hard and gave themselves a chance to win.

Hill noted on the last offensive possession trailing 62-60, his team got the look they wanted off the inbound play, but were unable to convert.

Maynor scored a team-high 23 points for the Vikings, 13 of which came in the second half.

Zaccheus Hobbs was the only other Vikings player to finish with double-digit scoring, as the freshman scored 12 points in the game.

Three Hawks players finished the game in double figures scoring, led by Rowland.

Dino Muminovic finished the game with a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, while Robert Grubbs finished with 13 points.

The Vikings only have one senior on their 14-man roster, so the game will be taken as a learning experience on the importance of execution in close games.

“We are trying to grow a bunch of kids, but the only way they are going to grow is you put them on the floor and let them play,” Hill said.

The Vikings return to action Monday as they face Norfolk State on the road in an exhibition game at 8 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

Chowan 68, ECSU 47: The Elizabeth City State women’s basketball team was unable to keep pace with Chowan as they fell 68-47 at home Saturday in a CIAA contest.

After a back-and-forth opening quarter, the Lady Hawks used a dominant second quarter to take control of the game.

Chowan (13-3, 5-1 CIAA) took a 16-15 lead after the opening quarter and held the lead the rest of the game.

In the second quarter the Lady Hawks dominated, outscoring ECSU 17-7 to take a 33-22 lead into the half.

Halfway through the third quarter, ECSU (7-7, 1-3 CIAA) went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 43-33 and appeared to have the momentum on their side.

The Lady Hawks responded, as Dhyamond Crenshaw grabbed an offensive rebound, drew a foul and converted a three-point play to jump start a 6-0 run for Chowan.

Crenshaw led the way for the Lady Hawks with a team-high 22 points and seven rebounds.

Chantel Roberts added 16 points and six rebounds in the win.

Chowan had an advantage on the boards throughout the game, grabbing 17 offensive rebounds and turning many of those into second-chance points.

ECSU head coach Antonio Davis noted Crenshaw’s three-point play as the most important play of the game.

“Our goal was to get it into single digits, that was the key play of the game,” Davis said. “It (the lead) went from 10, to possibly eight, to 16.”

The Lady Hawks maintained their double-digit lead for the remainder of the game, outscoring ECSU by 10 points in the second half to take the conference win.

ECSU was led by Devona Stell, as the sophomore recorded a double-double with 13 rebounds and 11 points.

Senior Jalyn Brown led the Lady Vikings in scoring with 14 points, nine of which came in the first half.

The Lady Vikings will look to bounce-back from the loss as they host Claflin in a non-conference game at home Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

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