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Vikings return home to host Trojans

ECSU spent most of month on the road

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Head coach Shawn Walker and the Elizabeth City State men's basketball team is on a two-game losing streak entering today's home game against Virginia State.

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From staff reports

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Elizabeth City State men’s and women’s basketball teams host Virginia State today at the Vaughan Center.

The ECSU women tip-off at 2 p.m., while the men’s game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.

Saturday’s doubleheader marks the first home game for the men’s team since its 62-57 win against CIAA foe Fayetteville State Dec. 17.

Since that contest, the men’s team has played seven consecutive road games.

The Vikings will be without guard Zaccheus Hobbs, who sustained a broken leg early in the Vikings’ 82-79 overtime win at Winston-Salem State Jan. 14.

Since losing Hobbs, ECSU (10-10, 6-3 CIAA) has lost two consecutive games.

In Hobbs absence, ECSU has struggled to break 70 points in a game.

John Maynor, Justin Faison have picked up the scoring load.

Maynor scored 13 points in ECSU’s loss at Chowan Jan. 19, while Faison posted 19 points in Wednesday’s loss at Lincoln (Pa.).

The Vikings are in last in the CIAA Northern Division.

Virginia State (16-3, 8-0 CIAA) leads the CIAA Northern Division and is on a 12 game winning streak entering today’s game.

Cyonte Melvin scored 24 points to pace the Trojans to an 81-79 win against visiting Chowan Wednesday.

Virginia State has the league’s top defense that surrenders 68.9 points per game this season.

Offensively, VSU is ranked fourth in the league in scoring at 79.3 points per game.

WOMEN’S GAME

The Lady Vikings (12-8, 4-5 CIAA) enter the game following a 60-57 setback at Lincoln (Pa.) Wednesday.

Virginia State (8-9, 2-6 CIAA) lost to Chowan 59-74 Wednesday.

Chrisanna Green leads VSU with a 16 points and 11.3 rebounds per game average.

The Lady Vikings’ last home game was a 106-96 win against West Virginia State on Jan. 4.

ECSU sits in second place in the CIAA Northern Division behind Virginia Union, while VSU is in last place in the division.

GAME EVENTS

Saturday’s games will also focus on cancer awareness with “Sager Strong Day” in memory of former NBA broadcaster Craig Sager, who passed in 2016 after a battle with leukemia.

ECSU will recognize the “Good Guys vs. Cancer” initiative at halftime of the men’s game.

ECSU will also provide a free ticket to individuals and their families that had been impacted by the partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22.

President Donald Trump agreed Friday to reopen the federal government for three weeks while negotiations proceeded over how to secure the nation’s southwestern border, backing down after a monthlong standoff failed to force Democrats to give him billions of dollars for his long-promised wall.

The decision paved the way for Congress to quickly pass spending bills Trump would sign to restore normal operations at a series of federal agencies until Feb. 15 and begin paying again the 800,000 federal workers who have been furloughed or forced to work for free for 35 days.

An ECSU spokesperson said Friday that ECSU will still honor the free ticket initiative for today’s games.

Individuals must have a valid military ID for a free ticket.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.

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