Virginia State wins Men’s CIAA Basketball Tournament

From theciaa.com : CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 2, 2019) – Virginia State University held off a strong second half rally to defeat the Shaw Bears, 77-66, in the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men’s Basketball Championship game Saturday afternoon at the Spectrum Center. The Bears battled to turn a 31-point second half deficit into single-digits but their rally fell short despite a game-high 34 points from Junior Amir Hinton, who also finished with five rebounds, five steals and three assists. Junior DaVaughn Kelsie added 17 points and freshman Geremy Taylor chipped in 12 points and four…

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Virginia Union’s Rejoice Spivey wins Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for Women’s Basketball

From theciaa.com : CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 2, 2019) – Virginia Union University guard Rejoice Spivey has been named the winner of the 2018-19 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for women’s basketball. The award, chosen by a combination of votes from CIAA women’s basketball coaches, CIAA media and fans, is awarded to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in CIAA women’s basketball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the national Senior CLASS Award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remained committed to their…

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Saint Augustine’s Tyre Gathright named Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award for Men’s Basketball

From theciaa.com : CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 2, 2019) – All-CIAA guard Tyre Gathright from Saint Augustine’s University has been named the winner of the 2018-19 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for men’s basketball. The award, chosen by a combination of votes from CIAA men’s basketball coaches, CIAA media and fans, is awarded to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in CIAA men’s basketball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the national Senior CLASS Award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remained committed…

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Virginia Union smokes Fayetteville State to win second consecutive CIAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

From theciaa.com : Bob Heller contributed to this story Charlotte, NC (March 2, 2019) – Shareka McNeill broke the CIAA Tournament scoring record with a 37-point effort as Virginia Union University won its second consecutive CIAA Women’s Basketball Championship with a 75-41 win over Fayetteville State Saturday afternoon at the Spectrum Center. With the win, the Panthers (27-2) receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament where the team is expecting to be the #1 seed in the Atlantic Region. The back-to-back championships are the Panthers’ first since they…

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Fayetteville State pulls away late, advances to CIAA Championship game

From theciaa.com : Anthony Jeffries contributed to this story CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 1, 2019) – Fayetteville State took control of the third quarter to top Elizabeth City State 69-53 in the women’s basketball semifinals of the CIAA Tournament on Friday at the Spectrum Center.The Broncos (21-7) captured their 13th consecutive victory this season. Their reward is a trip to the championship game to face defending champion and nationally-ranked Virginia Union on Saturday. Virginia Union, the Northern Division champions, won the regular-season meeting on the road by 10 points in January. This is…

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Virginia State returns to CIAA Championship game

From theciaa.com : Bob Heller contributed to this story Charlotte, NC (March 1, 2019) – Virginia State University pulled away in the second half to earn their second consecutive trip to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship game with a 75-65 win over Livingstone College Friday night at the Spectrum Center. The Trojans (26-4), the top seed in the North Division will advance and play the winner of the Shaw University (#1 South) and Virginia Union University (#2 North) that will tipoff at 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Livingstone, (#2…

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Shaw gets into CIAA Championship game by defeating Virginia Union

From theciaa.com John Westbrook contributed to this story CHARLOTTE, NC (March 1, 2019) – Alex Owens 22-point,15-rebound performance helped propel Shaw University past the Virginia Union Panthers, 70-58 in the 2019 CIAA semifinals Friday evening in Spectrum Arena.   With the victory, #1 seed (CIAA South) Shaw advances to the championship for the first time since 2011 and will face #1 seed (CIAA North) Virginia State University Saturday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m. here in Spectrum Center.   SU ignited a quick 14-6 run going into the first media timeout of the…

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Virginia State defense clamps down on Elizabeth City State

From theciaa.com : Anthony Jeffries contributed to this story CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 27th, 2019) – Northern Division champion Virginia State, the No. 1 defensive team in the conference and among the best in the nation, put the clamps on Elizabeth City State to take a 67-54 CIAA men’s basketball quarterfinal matchup at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Wednesday. The Trojans held the Vikings to 32.8 percent shooting in gaining the double-digit win. The 54 points tied the second-lowest point total this season for the Vikings, who also scored the same amount in a…

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Second half surge pushed Shaw past Saint Augustine’s and into CIAA semis

From theciaa.com : Jolisa Williams contributed to this story CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 28, 2019 – For the first time in three seasons, the Shaw University men’s basketball team was able to capture a victory at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men’s Basketball Tournament and move on to the semifinals as the Bears rallied from a nine-point deficit in the second half to defeat rival Saint Augustine’s University in the quarterfinal round at the Bojangles Coliseum Wednesday night. The tournament victory is the first for head coach Joel Hopkins since he returned…

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ECSU gets by WSSU to advance to CIAA Women’s quarters

From theciaa.com : Bob Heller contributed to this story Charlotte, NC (February 26, 2019) – The #6 seeded Elizabeth City State University women’s basketball team used a big rally in the second quarter to take control of the game as they cruised to a 65-49 CIAA Tournament win over  #3 seed Winston Salem State University  Tuesday afternoon at Bojangles Coliseum. The Vikings (13-15) will advance to play Bowie State University, the #2 seed in the North on Thursday at the Spectrum Center.  Winston Salem State finishes their season with a 15-13…

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