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Mustangs fall to Hawks on the road

Chowan 87 Mid-Atlantic Christian 59

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Chowan's Demetrius Sanders (top) scored 20 points during the men's basketball game against Mid-Atlantic Christian (MACU), Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Chowan University.

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From Chowan, staff reports

Saturday, November 17, 2018

MURFREESBORO — The Chowan men's basketball team pulled away from Mid-Atlantic Christian late as the Hawks defeated the Mustangs 87-59 at home on Thursday evening at the Helms Center at Chowan.

Five players were in double-figures for the Hawks led by Ja'Darien Wade with 23 points on 10 of 13 shooting.

Demetrius Sanders tallied 20 points and nine rebounds.

Michael Kelly recorded his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Gus Rowland netted 12 points, while Timothy Bing posted 11 points and seven assists.

The Hawks shot 63.3 percent from the floor in the second half and held the Mustangs to 27 percent in the contest.

Chowan (2-0) started slow grabbing a bucket 35 seconds into the contest by Wade but would not convert from the floor until Wade hit a three at the 16:31 mark. Sanders went 2 for 2 from the stripe. Wade knocked down a jumper in transition to give the Hawks a 9-6 lead early.

Bing went on a 5-0 run by himself from the stripe and behind the arc.

Rowland knocked down a transition bucket to double-up the Mustangs 16-8.

Leading 22-18, the Hawks went on an 8-2 run to lead 30-20 with 6:11 left in the half.

Rowland sparked the run with a jumper followed by a basket by Sanders, Wade and Ugljesa Portic.

The Hawks stretched the lead to 19, 40-21, over the next three minutes as Kelly scored eight of the ten points during the stretch.

MACU finished off the half with a 7-0 run to trail 40-28 at intermission.

Chowan and MACU traded buckets early in the second half with Sanders putting down two dunks on passes from Wade.

The Mustangs cut into the deficit to narrow the gap to single digits, 55-47, before Bing and Kelly put the lead back to 12, 59-47.

A quick 12-2 run with Rowland with eight points ballooned the lead before the Hawks seized control. Kelly gave the Hawks their largest lead of the contest with a jumper at 22, 74-52 with 4:13 remaining.

Robert Grubbs knocked down a three-pointer and Xavier Young converted from the stripe to keep the CU lead at 28 to finish off the contest.

Garfield Brown led MACU with 17 points, while Greg Bloodsworth followed with 16 points.

MACU (0-3) returns to the action Tuesday at Bluefield State.

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