Area Sports Briefs
From staff reportsLivingstone’s men’s basketball team won 68-56 at Johnson C. Smith’s Brayboy Gym in a CIAA game attended by 1,479 fans on Saturday night.
The victory kept the Blue Bears (18-5, 10-4) in front of the Golden Bulls (16-8, 9-5) in the divisional standings. LC is 6-2 in the Southern Division, while J.C. Smith is 5-3.
Mark Thomas didn’t have a great shooting night, but he still finished with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists. Ethan Anderson scored 14 on 7-for-10 shooting.
Tyler Johnson and Jody Hill scored nine points each.
When the Golden Bulls cut Livingstone’s lead to six points with about six minutes to go, Johnson hit a jumper and made two free throws, and Livingstone maintained a safe lead the rest of the way.
The Blue Bears shot 43 percent, but they held J.C. Smith to 38-percent shooting.
Livingstone limited J.C. Smith star Trevin Parks to 13 points. He lit up the Bears when the Bulls won at Trent Gym.
Livingstone is home Wednesday against St. Augustine’s.LIVINGSTONE (68) — Thomas 19, Anderson 14, T. Johnson 9, Hill 9, Welch 6, C. Johnson 4, Espinoza 3, Ford-Bey 3, Flint 1, King, Adams, Sanders, Turner.
J.C. SMITH (56) — T. Parks 13, E. Parks 13, Wilkerson 9, Williams 8, Walker 5, Stanislaus 4, Linson 4.Livingstone 34 34 — 68
J.C. Smith 27 29 — 56Catawba menCatawba’s men’s basketball team struggled Saturday afternoon and lost 72-52 at Tusculum.
Catawba shot 35 percent, while Tusculum shot nearly 53 percent. There likely was some carryover from the Indians’ disappointing overtime loss to Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday.
Catawba’s starting backcourt shot 1-for-11 on 3-pointers, and Lee Martin also had an off day shooting.
Elon Edwards scored 19 points despite a 1-for-6 effort from the 3-point line to lead the Indians.
Tyrece Little had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Martin had Vismantas Marijosius (North Hills) had eight rebounds each. Nick Houston (Carson) scored seven points.
Darius Carter sparked the Pioneers with 19 points.
The Indians (7-15, 4-10) were swept by Tusculum (6-16, 4-10) and dropped into a tie for seventh with the Pioneers in the SAC.CATAWBA (52) — Edwards 19, Little 10, Houston 7, Martin 5, Marijosius 4, Perkins 4, Watson 3, Sampah, Coleman.
TUSCULUM (72) — Carter 19, Spinks 14, Flynn 12, Shown 10, Jumper 8, Spinks 7, Clay 2.Catawba 26 26 — 52
Tusculum 32 40 — 72Catawba womenCatawba’s women’s basketball team put together a strong performance and blasted Tusculum 83-62 on the road on Satutrday.
Catawba (13-9, 9-5) won at Tusculum (13-9, 7-7) for the first time since 2007 and now is tied for third in the SAC.
Quaneasia Coleman had a career game for the Indians and scored 20 points.
Elizabeth Merritt also scored 20, while Antionette McPhail had 17 and Chloe Bully 15.
Taylor May (South Rowan) shot 4-for-4 and added nine points.
The Indians shot almost 58 percent for the game and nearly 70 percent in the second half. Catawba settled things with a 29-6 run in the first half.
Breaira Barksdale scored 18 for the Pioneers. Kendal Baxter scored 15.CATAWBA (83) — Merritt 20, Coleman 20, McPhail 17, Bully 15, May 9, Clay 2, Uscinski, Whitby, Tamasauskaite.
TUSCULUM (62) — Barksdale 18, Baxter 15, Thurman 11, Whitener 5, McCann 3, Hammontree 3, Burleson 3, McMillion 3, Anderson 1.Catawba 37 46 — 83
Tusculum 25 37 — 62Livingstone womenLivingstone’s women’s basketball team lost 65-63 to J.C. Smith at Brayboy Gym on Saturday. Tiffany Evans scored 13 points for the Blue Bears. Tyesha Tharpe had 11 points and 19 rebounds. Kelcyn Manurs also scored 11.
The Golden Bulls (8-15, 5-9, 3-5) got 14 points each from Deanna Downer, Brittany Dorsett and Lakendra Wilkinson.
A 3-pointer by Ashley Walker pulled Livingstone within a point with 28 seconds left, but the Blue Bears (7-16, 3-11, 1-7) couldn’t score again.LIVINGSTONE (63) — Evans 13, Manurs 11, Tharpe 11, Murray 8, Walker 8, York 5, Tolliver 3, Coe 2, Chatman 2, Hill, McKinney, Lepzem.
J.C. SMITH (65) — Wilkerson 14, Downer 14, Dorsett 14, Morrow 7, Faulhaber 7, Dancer 5, Dickerson 3, Gholson 1.Livingstone 30 33 — 63
J.C. Smith 29 36 — 65Women’s hoopsKatelynne Poole (East Rowan) hit two 3-pointers for Brevard in Saturday’s 58-53 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne.
• De’Rya Wylie (Salisbury) had six points and seven rebounds for Elizabeth City State in a 49-47 win against Virginia State. Wylie hit two clutch free throws late in that CIAA game.College baseballCatawba is scheduled to play two games with Wingate today at Newman Park, starting at 1 p.m.
• Pfeiffer is at home against Belmont Abbey for a doubleheader scheduled to start at noon today.College swimmingCatawba’s men’s swimming team finished fourth out of 12 entries in the Bluegrass Mountain Championships held at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center.
Catawba’s women finished eighth.
Catawba’s Sebastian Holmberg was named the meet’s top male swimmer.
For more on the meet, visit GoCatawbaIndians.com.College men’s lacrosseCatawba opened the men’s lacrosse season with a 15-9 win against Coker at Shuford Stadium on Saturday.
Matt Symes and John Schiech had four goals each.Women’s lacrosseCatawba lost 16-3 to visiting Roberts Wesleyan on Saturday.
Loren Dunn scored seven goals for the visitors.
Catawba (0-2) took a 2-1 lead early on goals by Erin Palma and Ebony Mills.College softballCatawba split a doubleheader with 21st-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan at Whitley Field on Saturday.
Catawba (5-4) won the opener 4-0 and dropped the nightcap 2-1 in a game shortened by snowfall.
Catawba freshman hurler Carley Tysinger tossed her third straight one-hitter in the opener and had a no-hitter until the seventh. Gina Gerone hit a two-run homer.
Tysinger has pitched 26 straight scoreless innings.College tennisCatawba swept Lees-McRae at the Johnson Tennis Center on Friday, with the men (5-2) posting an 8-1 win and the women (6-1) triumphing 7-2. Pfeiffer basketballPfeiffer’s men’s basketball team lost to Limestone 70-56 in Gaffney, S.C., on Saturday.
Charles Blue scored 23 for the Saints. Joe Ledbetter had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Falcons (3-21, 1-16).
• Maria Young scored 24 points to lead Limestone’s women to a 72-53 win over Pfeiffer. Limestone has won 14 in a row. Brittany Cox led Pfeiffer with 23 points.Prep hoopsSee today’s Scoreboard for tournament pairings. Teams at home on Monday include the North Rowan girls, Salisbury boys, both West Rowan teams, both Carson teams, the A.L. Brown boys and the East Rowan girls. Prep wrestlingIn state title matches on Saturday, Newton-Conover beat Croatan 31-30 for the 2A title, Fred T. Foard beat Eden Morehead 41-27 for the 3A crown, and Parkland beat Jack Britt 28-20 for the 4A championship.