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Livingstone falls on Broncos’ late 3-pointer

Staff report

SALISBURY — Fayetteville State’s Brittany Drumgoole made just one shot all evening here Wednesday at New Trent Gym, but it was the game-winner.

Drumgoole drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing with five seconds remaining, lifting the Broncos past Livingstone, 71-68, in CIAA women’s basketball action.

The loss for Livingstone (3-15, 0-8) was its 12th straight setback. The Blue Bears have not won since beating Belmont Abbey on Nov. 21, 80-76. Fayetteville State improves to 10-7 and 5-4 in the league.

After Drumgoole’s clutch shot and a timeout, Livingstone inbounded the ball to guard Daisa Harris, who took a second to control it, and then let fly a running, desperation 3-pointer. The shot looked good at first, but bounded off the rim at the buzzer.

Coach Tiffany Silver’s Blue Bears trailed at halftime, 33-27, and 38-32, early in the third period. But Livingstone then went on a 10-0 run, including five points at the free throw line, as Fayetteville State’s Drumgoole and Chantel Willliams were tagged with technical fouls on two different plays.

LC’s Darra Walker had gotten the spurt started with a 3-pointer, as the Blue Bears went on to win the third quarter, 24-12.

Early in the final period, Adel Allen hit a 3-pointer, giving Livingstone its largest lead at 54-47. However, the Blue Bears could not build onto their advantage and the visitors began to chip away at the deficit.

Even after FSU had tied the game at 57-57, LC forged ahead again on a 3-pointer from Walker — and a layup from Harris put the Blue Bears on top, 64-59, with 3:42 left.

From there, the Broncos went on a 12-4 run to close out the contest. Harris did calmly sink two free throws with 16 seconds left, pulling LC into the 68-68 tie. But then FSU patiently look for an open player and Drumgoole made her winning shot.

Harris led Livingstone with 26 points, followed by Walker’s 22. FSU was more balanced, led by Katisha Hyman with 17 points, and Yakima Clifton and Shantel Bennett with 11 and 10, respectively.

NOTES: Both teams were spot-on from the foul line. FSU sank 13-of-14 (93 percent) while Livingstone made 19-of-22 free throws (86 percent). … The Blue Bears are also home on Saturday, hosting rival Johnson C. Smith at 2 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE STATE (71) — Hewitt 8, Clifton 11, Williams 4, Bennett 10, Hyman 17, Gainey 4, McCaskill, Covington, Thompson 2, Maduegbunam 8, Drumgoole 3, Johnson 4.

LIVINGSTONE (68) — Green 6, Harris 26, Allen 8, Bradley 4, Walker 22, Terry, Robinson, Searcy 2, Copeland.

Fayetteville St.     19    14   12    26 — 71

Livingstone          13    14   24    17 — 68



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