Charlotte, N.C. – The defending CIAA champion Livingstone knocked off CIAA Northern Division Champion Bowie State 83-66 in the semifinals of the 2015 CIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Livingstone shot 47.4% in the first half compared to BSU’s 37.9%.
Livingstone forced 14 BSU turnovers, translating into 13 points. The Blue Bears also pounded the ball inside, scoring 33 points in the paint, compared to BSU’s 14 inside points.
The Blue Bears would place four players in double figures, led by Ty Newman’s 18 points.
Other players scoring in double figures for the Blue Bears include Daryl Traynham (15), Eric Mayo (12) and Eric Dubose (10).
Bowie State’s Justin Beck finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds while teammates Cameron Knox and Ahmaad Wilson finished with 17 and 10 points, respectively.
Livingstone’s defense forced BSU to shot only 32.2 % for the game (19-59). The Blue Bears also forced 21 BSU turnovers and turned those miscues into 22 points.
“For the community of Salisbury and Livingstone College, our alumni and fans, we wanted to build our program into a winner and that was our goal,” head coach James Stinson said. “The expectations from our community and fans are to win another one.”