Costly Victory

Vikings lose Hobbs in win at WSSU

Guard sustained leg injury in Monday's game


Elizabeth City State University's Zaccheus Hobbs (with ball) averaged 12.3 points per game in nine games this season.


From staff reports

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM — The Elizabeth City State men’s basketball team defeated Winston-Salem State 82-79 in overtime Monday night at Winston-Salem State University.

The win for ECSU (10-8, 6-1 CIAA) was also coupled with the loss of starting guard Zaccheus Hobbs.

With 11:40 seconds in the first half, Hobbs drove to the basket and landed on the court and sustained an apparent lower-body injury.

The game was stopped for several minutes with ECSU leading 12-6.

Medical personnel rushed onto the court to tend to Hobbs under the basket.

ECSU players and coaches watched from midcourt as Hobbs was treated.

He did not return to the game.

According to posts on Hobbs’ Twitter account, he suffered a fracture in his leg and was scheduled to undergo surgery.

ECSU confirmed in a news release Tuesday that Hobbs — a sophomore — sustained a leg injury.

"First off, our thoughts and prayers are with Zaccheus Hobbs after his injury [Monday night],” ECSU head men's basketball coach Shawn Walker said in the news release. “We played [Monday night] with him in mind. My team showed a remarkable display of character tonight and once again they have left their coach amazed at their effort. We are growing steadily and our defense is swarming right now. I am very happy to get another conference road win [Monday night]."

Hobbs, who was named the 2017-2018 CIAA Rookie of the Year, missed several games early in the season due to injury.

ECSU rallied from a four-point deficit late in the second half to tie the game at 71-all following a Joseph Allen basket to force overtime.

ECSU scored the first five points in overtime to take a 76-71 lead.

John Maynor led the Vikings with 21 points, Shyheid Petteway followed with 16 points and Allen posted 11 points in the win.

WSSU (7-7, 2-4 CIAA) was led by Julius Barnes and his 21 points. Barnes also connected on 5-of-8 shots behind the 3-point line.

William Crandell followed with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Xavier Fennell and James Rucker posted 11 points each for the Rams.

ECSU returns to play Saturday at CIAA Northern Division rival Chowan.