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Area sports briefs: Blue Bears split at Bowie State

From staff reports

Livingstone’s men’s basketball team dropped its CIAA opener on Thursday, losing 84-83 at Bowie State.

Bowie State (9-4) was great at the foul line down the stretch to hold off the Blue Bears. The Bulldogs shot 24-for-27 on free throws.

Both teams made eight 3-pointers.

Livingstone shot 48.5 percent from the field and outrebounded the Bulldogs.

The negative stat for Livingstone was 21 turnovers compared to 11 for Bowie State.

Livingstone led 40-35 at halftime.

Eric Dubose scored 22 points to lead Livingstone (6-4).

Eric Mayo had 18 points and 13 rebounds. Ty Newman had 15 points, while Robert Flint added 10.

Guard Cameron Knox scored 31 for the Bulldogs, even though he didn’t shoot well from the field. He was 11-for-11 on free throws.

Andre Jackson added 17 for the Bulldogs.

Livingstone plays on the road against Saturday at Virginia Union.

Bowie State 84, Livingstone 83

LIVINGSTONE  (6-4)

Dubose 22 Mayo 18, Newman 15, Flint 10, H. Jackson 7, D. Williams 5, D. Johnson 2, C. Johnson 2, M. Johnson 2, Cole, Sanders, Harris.

BOWIE STATE (9-4)

Knox 31, A. Jackson 17, M. Jackson 9, Z. Williams 8, Wilson 7, Wells 6, Livingston 3, Beck 3.

Livingstone 40  43     — 83

Bowie St. 35  49      84

Livingstone women

Livingstone’s women’s basketball team has dropped two exhibition games to Division I teams, but it’s been tough on D-II opponents.

The Blue Bears, 10-0   officially, rolled 98-73 at Bowie State on Thursday.

Livingstone led 56-40 at halftime in the CIAA opener for both teams.

Kyra Crosby and Precious Roberts scored 20 each for the Blue Bears.

Livingstone shot 52.3 percent from the floor and forced 25 turnovers.

Livingstone’s hot shooting night included a sizzling 9-for-16 on 3-pointers.

Roberts hit three 3s, while Cierra York and Amber Curtis made two apiece.

Donia Naylor led the Bulldogs (5-5) with 16 points.

Livingstone 98, Bowie State 73

LIVINGSTONE  (10-0)

Roberts 20, Crosby 20, York 18, Curtis 14, Walker 9, Foster 6, Hicks 4, Grinage 3, Malone 2, Fowler 1, Lepzem 1, Searcy.

BOWIE STATE (5-5)

Naylor 16, Baker 10, Heard 10, McIntosh 10, Burley 8, Jackson 7, Joseph 4, Smith 4, Stanhope 4.

Livingstone 56  42     — 98

Bowie St. 40  33      73

Women’s hoops

Radford’s Ayana Avery (West Rowan) scored her 1,000th point in a recent win against Gardner-Webb.

The senior has 1,003 points and is Radford’s all-time leader in 3-pointers.

Catawba athletics

Carson all-county tennis player Laura Isenhour has signed with Catawba, and A.L. Brown  pitcher Kaylee Cook, a junior, has committed to Catawba’s softball program.

• Catawba’s baseball season will start on Jan. 31 with a game at Belmont Abbey, followed  by a home doubleheader against BA’s Crusaders on Feb. 1.

The SAC season will begin with a trip to Carson-Newman for  a series that starts on Feb. 6.

Prep basketball

North Rowan’s boys are scheduled to play at Providence Hall on Friday.

Davie is home Friday for  a CPC matchup with R.J. Reynolds. The powerful Reynolds girls are 12-0.

Most of the local teams will be quiet until next Tuesday.

Prep wrestling

Most of the Rowan teams are involved in the Holy Angels tournament in Charlotte this weekend.

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