ECSU basketball set to host Lincoln
Men's and women's team play CIAA foe today
By Craig Moyer
Saturday, January 20, 2018
The Elizabeth City State men’s and women’s basketball teams face Lincoln (Pa.) today in a pair of Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association contests at the Vaughan Center.
The women’s game tips at 2 p.m. today with the men’s game following at 4 p.m.
On the men’s side, ECSU (6-6, 2-3 CIAA) will look to build off their 63-62 win over Fayetteville State at home Wednesday night.
The Vikings have received strong performances lately from junior Shyheid Petteway, who led the team in scoring in their last two games, averaging 19 points per game in the two wins.
Petteway is averaging just under double-digits this season at 9.9 points per game, as he has come off the bench in all 13 games this year.
Petteway has also averaged four rebounds per game this year, second-best average on the team.
The junior’s strong play has helped to add to the Vikings’ offensive attack which has been led by John Maynor and Zaccheus Hobbs throughout the season.
Maynor is averaging a team-high 13.5 points per game, while Hobbs is averaging 12.2 points per game.
Lincoln (8-9, 3-4 CIAA) is playing their first conference game away from since Dec. 18, as their last four conference contests have been played at home.
The Lions are led by a trio of double-digit scorers this season led by Elijah Bush.
Bush is averaging 12.2 points per game, while Gevon Arrington averages 12.1 points per game and leads the team with 3.5 assists per game.
Sean James is also averaging double figures for Lincoln with 11.8 points per game and has hit a team-high 46 three-pointers this season.
On the women’s side, ECSU (7-8, 1-3 CIAA) will be looking to bounce back form a devastating overtime loss in a non-conference game against Claflin at home Wednesday.
The Lady Vikings led by 13 points at the half, but were outscored by 13 in the second half and by nine in the overtime period to suffer the loss.
ECSU relies on the play of senior Jalyn Brown, as the guard is third in the conference with 18.1 points per game this year.
Sophomore Devona Stell is a force offensively and on the glass for the Lady Vikings this season, averaging just under a double-double.
Stell scores 14.6 points per game and grabs 9.6 rebounds per game for ECSU.
Lincoln (11-4, 6-1 CIAA) comes into the game on a six-game conference win streak.
The team is led by two of the top shooters in the conference, Michelle Fitzgerald and Shahra Madison.
Madison leads the CIAA with a 57.3 field goal percentage, while Fitzgerald is third in the league at 52.8 percent.
The Lady Lions will also be playing their first CIAA game away from home since Dec. 18.
Due to the wintry weather across the area this week, a pair of conference championships scheduled for today have been postponed to Jan. 27.
The Northeastern Coastal Conference wrestling championship was scheduled to begin today at 9:30 p.m. and will now take place at the same time and location Jan. 27.
Also, the conference championship swim meet scheduled for today at Albemarle Family YMCA has been postponed to Jan. 27 and will begin at 1:15 p.m.