Livingstone Outlasts Elizabeth City State to Advance to Championship Quarterfinals
The Blue Bears of Livingstone College, the No. 3 seed in the Southern Division, continued their impressive run in 2017-18 improving to 12-12 and will face the No. 2 seed in the Northern Division, Bowie State University, on Thursday at the Spectrum Center at 9:00 p.m. Elizabeth City State University (12-14) closes the book on their season, despite an impressive game only falling by four points.
Cameron Burhannon led the way for the Blue Bears with season/career-high 33 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Roger Ray finished the contest with 21 points and four assists. Lydell Elmore chipped in with 15 points. Ramel Belfield finished the contest with 10 points and two assists. Navar Elmore chipped in with eight points. Malik Smith secured five points.
Elizabeth City State's Zaccheus Hoobs and Shyheid Petteway were the leading scorers for the Vikings with contributing 29 points each respectively. Corey Mendez (15), John Maynor (14), and Charles Woods (4) chipped in with adding points to the book.
Shyheid Petteway scored the opening basket at the 19:35 mark to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead. Navar Elmore added a basket and one for LC to tie the game three all. Zaccheus Hobbs then added a three-pointer to edge the Vikings 6-5 at the 17:46 mark. At the 13:49 left in the first half Ramel Belfield added a three-pointer to tie the game for the third time 10 all. The back-and-forth battle continued as Livingstone converted 3-of-5 from the three point line and continued to add points to the board to take a 40-39 lead into the locker room.
Shyheid Petteway scored the opening basket for ECSU to give the Vikings a 41-40 lead at 19:17. Over the next four minutes the Blue Bears added points to the board taking a 51-43 advantage at the 15:14 mark. Livingstone College secured the lead and never turning it over the remainder of the game. Petteway added a three-pointer to cut LC's lead 77-67 with 4:06 left on the clock. Elizabeth City State University continued to play hard continuing to cut the Blue Bears lead in the remaining minutes. Despite the loss the Vikings fell only by four points to the Blue Bears by collecting its final three-pointer with 00:05 seconds left. Livingstone wrapped up the contest with shooting 56 percent (28-for-50) from the field overall, 62.5 percent (5-for-8) from 3-point range and 79.2 percent (38-for-48) from the free throw line.
Elizabeth City State wrapped up the contest with shooting 50 percent (31-for-62) from the field overall, 46.4 percent (13-for-28) from 3-point range and 87 percent (20-for-23) from the free throw line.