• 37°

Livingstone gets first win by routing Bluefield State

Staff report

CHARLOTTE — Livingstone bounced back from Friday’s season-opening loss on Saturday, defeating Bluefield State, 87-65, in men’s college basketball action at the J.C. Smith Tip-Off Classic.

The Blue Bears (1-1) lost to Felician on Friday, 78-70, after leading by 17 points with 12 minutes remaining. But Coach James Stinson’s team rebounded yesterday at Brayboy Gym, behind 18 points from David Duncan and 17 from Ramel Belfield.

Livingstone shot lights out on Saturday, connecting on 34 of 59 shots from the field (58 percent). The Blue Bears were also 8-for-11 at the foul line.

The Blue Bears built a 51-38 halftime lead and outscored Bluefield St. in the second half, 36-27.

Duncan, a 6-8 senior transfer from West Texas State A&M, made nine of 16 shots for his 18 points. Belfield, a 6-0 guard, was good on 5-of-9 3-point field goal attempts. Belfield, who returns from last season’s squad, is a senior from Raleigh.

Junior forward Jimmy Wilson also had an outstanding game for Livingstone. Wilson, 6-5, from Mableton, Ga., scored 15 points and led the Blue Bears in rebounding with 11 boards. He was 6-for-8 from the floor.

Another newcomer, 6-4 Desmond Stanback, also reached double figures with 10 points. Eric Dortch-Jones, who led Livingstone with 17 points against Felician, was held to four points on Saturday.

Josh Windham led Bluefield State with 15 points.

Livingstone returns to action next Friday at the Lander University Classic in Greenwood, S.C. The Blue Bears will play Armstrong State on Friday (5:30) and then tangle with host Lander on Saturday (3:30).

BLUEFIELD STATE (65) — Windham 15, Purnell 11, Richardson 11, McCoy 10, Day 9, Moreland 6, Brown 3, Sims, Hernandez.

LIVINGSTONE (87) — Duncan 18, Belfield 17, Wilson 15, Stanback 10, McClendon 6, Ray 6, Bultus 5, Bond 4, Dortch-Jones  4, Jinad 2, Hodoh, Clowney, Lowe.

Bluefield St.      38     27  — 65

Livingstone       52     36  — 87

Comments

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls headed to state championship game

Local

Commissioners set date for public hearing on potential solar energy system rule changes

Health

Two of Rep. Sasser’s bills successfully pass through Health Committee

Local

Rep. Warren’s measure to allow removal of public notices from newspapers put on back burner

China Grove

China Grove Town Council weighs future of previously rejected housing development

Local

Salisbury City Council hears public comments, receives presentation on Main Street reconfiguration

Crime

Blotter: Man charged with felony drug offenses

Nation/World

California crash kills 13 of 25 people crammed into SUV

Nation/World

Biden vows enough vaccines by end of May

Coronavirus

State to vaccinate medically vulnerable starting March 24

Coronavirus

One new death, 20 new COVID-19 positives reported in Rowan

Kannapolis

Kannapolis man dies in moped crash

Crime

Salisbury Police chief addresses K-9 video, says officer separated from animal

Local

Rowan Rescue Squad sets record straight on fundraising typo

Local

City approves DOT agreement, Salisbury Station project could begin next year

Local

County plans to use vulture effigy, enforce violations to remedy animal carcass feeding problem

Education

Two weeks after ending enhanced protocols, Catawba has no COVID-19 cases

News

Council to hear revised version of Downtown Main Street Plan

Local

Veto override of NC school reopening bill fails in Senate

News

Political Notebook: Majority of likely voters, local legislators support school reopening bill

Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccinations in Rowan top positives since start of pandemic

Crime

Man faces drug charges after breaking and entering call

Lifestyle

Waterworks schedules 2021 Summer ARTventures

Crime

Blotter: Man faces drug charges after being found passed out in vehicle