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Men’s Basketball: Livingstone repeats as CIAA champs

CHARLOTTE — Livingstone couldn’t have faced a tougher path in the CIAA tournament, but the Blue Bears repeated as champions on Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Livingstone beat the tournament’s two No. 1 seeds back-to-back and did so convincingly. After pounding Northern Division top dog Bowie State on Friday, the Blue Bears rolled 106-91 against Southern Division No. 1 Winston-Salem State on Saturday.

Livingstone (19-9) battered the Rams (18-10) by shooting 57.8 percent from the field.

Daryl Traynham, who comes off the bench, scored a season-high 23 for the Blue Bears. The crafty guard made 14 free throws.

Eric Mayo scored 22 points, Eric Dubose had 18, Ty Newman scored 13, and Hakeem Jackson had 10 before fouling out.

WyKevin Bazemore (24 points), Terrell Leach (23) and Donta Harper (20) led Winston-Salem State.

Livingstone had six dunks, including two each by Mayo and David Williams, and made six 3-pointers.

The Blue Bears were up 46-36 at halftime.

Winston-Salem State, which shot 51.7 percent for the game and better than 60 percent in the second half, pulled within 46-40 early in the second half, but the Blue Bears regained control with a 9-0 run that included two layups and a 3-pointer by Mayo.

Livingstone had a 37-24 edge on the boards.

Livingstone’s depth was key. Nine Blue Bears scored in the first half.

“It’s a great day for Livingstone basketball,” Livingstone coach James Stinson said. “I think the guys came out with purpose. I loved their focus from the beginning of the game all the way through.”

Livingstone will play next in the Atlantic Regional of the Division II playoffs.

Livingstone 106, Winston-Salem State 91

LIVINGSTONE (106): Traynham 23, Mayo 22, Dubose 18, Newman 13, Jackson 10, Williams 8, Cole 4, D. Johnson 3, C. Johnson 2,Henry 2, Flint, Harris, Sanders, Wilson.

WINSTON-SALEM ST. (91): Bazemore 24, Leach 23, Harper 20, Jones 11, Wells 6, Campbell 4, Ford 3.

Livingstone                    46    60 — 106

Winston-Salem State  36   55 —  91

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