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Livingstone sweeps Virginia State

From staff reports
Division II basketball …
Livingstoneís menís basketball team overwhelmed Virginia State 89-59 at Trent Gym on Thursday for a CIAA victory.
Fourteen players scored for the Blue Bears, who had the game under control 43-26 at halftime. The Blue Bears held Virginia State without a field goal for 11 minutes, 15 seconds in one stretch to take charge.
Livingstone (6-3, 2-1 CIAA) shot 54 percent from the floor and forced 25 turnovers.
Nasir Austin scored 20 points in 22 minutes to lead Livingstone. Darius Cox had 17 points while Greg Henry helped out with 12.
Cox had nine boards to lead Livingstone to a 39-26 rebounding edge.
Struggling Virginia State fell to 1-12 and is 0-5 in the league.
VIRGINIA STATE (59) ó Wiggins 10, Plummer 10, Johnson 9, Bynum 8, Tate 6, Washington 5, Parker 4, Bess 3, Charity 2, Cuffee 2.
LIVINGSTONE (89) ó Austin 20, Cox 17, Henry 12, Wilson 6, Redfern 5, Cody 5, Durant 4, Jackson 4, Johnson 4, Okam 4, Boswell 2, Taylor 2, Salter 2, Adams 2.
Virginia St. 26 33 ó 59
Livingstone 43 46 ó 89
n Livingstone women win
Livingstoneís womenís basketball team rallied past Virginia State 62-57 at Trent Gym on Thursday.
The Blue Bears (7-3, 2-1 CIAA) got 19 points from Cassaundra Rhodes, 15 from Kelcyn Manurs and 12 from Rashida Elbourne and won despite shooting 23 percent from the floor and being outrebounded substantially by the visitors.
Livingstone trailed by 13 points at halftime.
The big plus for Livingstone was 25-for-31 foul shooting. The Blue Bears also forced 31 turnovers and hit five 3-pointers.
RhoníNeisha Taylor scored 23 points for the Trojans (7-4, 1-2), and Betty Appiah grabbed 15 rebounds.
VIRGINIA STATE (57) ó Taylor 23, Appiah 10, Thompson 7, Sylla 4, Kizer 4, Perry 3, Muldrow 2, McDowell 2, Brantley 2.
LIVINGSTONE (62) ó Rhodes 19, Manurs 15, Elbourne 12, Harrison 9, Wright 3, Gilliam-Washington 3, Evans 1, Murray, Boston, Chatman, Hill.
Virginia St. 34 23 ó 57
Livingstone 21 41 ó 62
n Pfeiffer women
Pfeifferís womenís basketball team lost to Converse 71-67 in a Conference Carolinas game played in Spartanburg, S.C., on Thursday.
Pfeiffer (3-9, 2-4) got double-figure scoring from Christina Harvey (18 points), Brittany Cox (15) and Kellie Rhoney (10). Kia Rice (Salisbury) played 10 minutes off the bench and scored four points for the Falcons.
Katy Vaughan scored 21 of her 25 points in the second half to spark the Valkyries (3-10, 3-3).
n SAC women
The Mars Hill women were upset 81-79 at Lincoln Memorial on Thursday. It was the first league win for the Railsplitters.
The loss by the Lions was their second in the SAC and gave Catawbaís women, still perfect in the league, a two-game lead over the pack.
Dayshalee Salaman scored 28 points for Lincoln Memorial. Brittini Young scored 25 for Mars Hill.
n SAC men
Lincoln Memorialís men continued to cruise in the SAC, routing Mars Hill 105-73 on Thursday to stay undefeated.
Desmond Johnson scored 17 points to lead six Railsplitters in double figures.
n Catawba hoops
Catawbaís teams are home against Tusculum on Saturday afternoon.


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