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CLAFLIN BASKETBALL: Teams fall at ECSU

CLAFLIN BASKETBALL: Teams fall at ECSU

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ECSU 60, Claflin 57

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – The Claflin University men’s basketball team battled till the end but fell just short, dropping falling to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) by three, 60-57, in a non-conference game in the R.L. Vaughan Center.

The loss dropped the Panthers to 1-3 on the season, while the Vikings improved to 5-1.

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Brandon Davis led all scorers with 17 points along with two blocks while Donnell Frayer, Jr. also scored in double-figures with 10 points. Cornellius Reynolds dropped in seven points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Panthers in the loss.

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ECSU was led by Joseph Allen, who finished with a double-double, 16 points and 14 rebounds. Phillip Burwell scored 14 points and Justin Faison contributed 11 in the win.

After going into intermission with a 32-28 lead, Claflin maintained its lead through the first seven-plus minutes of the second half before a layup by Joseph tied the contest 41-all with 12:35 remaining.

The teams exchanged the lead over the next eight points but another layup by Burwell with 8:54 remaining gave the Vikings the lead for good (47-45).

The Panthers remained within striking distance the rest of the way, cutting the deficit to one on two occasions down the stretch, before falling by the three-point margin.

ECSU controlled the first five-plus minutes of the opening stanza, going up by seven, 14-7, at the 14:56 mark. The Vikings went up by as many as 12 (11-23) at the 9:34 mark before Claflin offense went on a run.

The Panthers used a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to take a one-point lead, 24-23. Claflin would go up by seven, 32-25, with 48 seconds remaining in the first half before a three-pointer by Burwell cut the deficit to four, 32-28, at the half.

Claflin will remain on the road Saturday (Nov. 23), when they face Virginia State University in a 3:30 p.m. contest at the Virginia State University Convocation Center.

ECSU 50, Claflin 40 (W)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – The Claflin University women’s basketball team remained winless on the season, falling to Elizabeth City State University, 50-40, in a non-conference basketball game on Thursday.

The win by ECSU is the first over Claflin in the last four games. The victory also gave the Vikings their first win of the season.

The Lady Panthers, now 0-4, will continue their road trip on Saturday (Nov. 23) at Virginia State University in their Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener. The contest tips off at 1:30 p.m. at the Virginia State University Convocation Center.

The low-scoring contest generated only 39 points in the first half. The Lady Panthers outscored ECSU 16-12 in the opening quarter followed an 8-3 margin in the second quarter to lead 24-15 at the half.

The third quarter saw the Vikings pull within three-point at 37-34 by outscoring Claflin 19-13 in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Panthers offense went cold, scoring just three points while going scoreless over the last seven minutes. ECSU held a slim 41-40 lead with 6:49 left but put the contest away by scoring the game’s last nine points.

Dionna Long continued to play solid for Claflin, finishing with 13 points including 50% (3-of-6) from three-point range with four steals.

Shakarri Mack contributed nine points with seven rebounds (six defensive) and Tatyanna Hollis dropped in eight points for the Lady Panthers.

Daisha Jackson pulled in eight rebounds with six assists in the loss.

ECSU was led by Asia Deal with 16 points and five assists. Devona Stell added 14 points while Siren Pitts dropped in eight points for the Vikings.

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