JOHNSON C. SMITH: Golden Bulls Men's Basketball Team Wins 7th Straight

JCSU Men Wins Seventh Straight, 76-58 Over Elizabeth City State

Elizabeth City, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2018) – The Johnson C. Smith University men’s basketball team won their seventh-straight game, 76-58 over Elizabeth City State on Monday night at the R.L. Vaughan Center in Elizabeth City, N.C.

After being tied 39-39 at halftime, JCSU went on a 13-2 run to start the second half to bolt to a 52-41 lead over the homestanding Vikings.

ECSU fought back to close to within 52-49, but JCSU embarked on another run, a 12-2 spurt to build the lead to 64-51 with 7:45 to play. That run was capped by a basket from Michael Bowman (Salisbury, N.C.). After a Viking score, senior
Robert Davis (West Friendship, Md.) splashed in a three-pointer to give the Golden Bulls the 67-53 lead at the 5:35 mark.

ECSU would trim the lead to 67-57 after a Corey Mendez layup with 3:46 to play, but that would be the closest the Vikings would get, as JCSU would outscore ECSU 9-1 the rest of the way, taking the 76-58 win.

The Golden Bulls continued to shoot the ball well, this time going 28-of-55 from the field for 50.9%. JCSU was also reliable from the free throw line, converting 15-of-19 attempts for 78.9%.  ECSU shot just 32.8% (20-of-61) on the evening.

Individually, Davis led the way for JCSU, scoring 25 points by going 9-of-15 from the field, 2-of-6 from distance and 5-of-6 from the line. Davis also added nine rebounds on the night.  Junior’s Roddric Ross (Forest City, N.C.) and Arthur Bennett (Powder Springs, Ga.) each had 15 in the win, with Ross adding six rebounds and Bennett with four.

Senior guard Christian Kirchman (Roanoke, Va.) had 10 points and added a team-high eight assists and sophomore forward
Cayse Minor (Winston-Salem, N.C.) had a team-best 11 rebounds in the win.

ECSU’s Shyheid Petteway had a team-best 13 points and John Maynor added 10 in the loss for the Vikings.

The win improves JCSU to 15-7 overall and 8-2 in CIAA play while ECSU drops to 9-11 and 2-8.

JCSU returns home to Brayboy Gym on Wednesday, Feb. 7 to take on CIAA Southern Division foe Fayetteville State.  Tipoff for JCSU’s annual Pink Game for breast cancer awareness is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

K.C. Culler

Sports Information Director
University Communications and Marketing

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