CHARLOTTE Livingstone coach James Stinson Jr. doesn’t consider his Blue Bears to be a 3-point shooting threat.
Stinson may rethink that after Livingstone’s dominating 95-70 victory against St. Augustine’s on Thursday at Time Warner Cable Arena in the quarterfinals of the CIAA tournament.
The Blue Bears (21-5) – a 32.5 percent shooting team from 3-point range this season – hit a season-best 11 of 16 3-pointers against the Falcons (16-12), including a 9-of-11 run in the first half that helped Livingstone build a 15-point lead.
“Our game plan isn’t to bombard people with 3s,” Stinson said. “That’s not going to win this tournament. We have to establish our inside presence ... but it still surprised me that we shot it so well in this arena.”
The Blue Bears, the South Division’s No. 1 seed, advanced to the semifinals for the second time in the past three years and the third time overall. They will play Elizabeth City State (17-10) – a 65-63 quarterfinal winner against Johnson C. Smith – in the semifinals Friday.
Also advancing were defending tournament champion Winston-Salem State and Bowie State. The Rams (21-5) beat Virginia Union 84-74, while the Bulldogs (14-13) battled to a 67-60 victory against Lincoln (Pa.)
Mark Thomas scored a game-high 25 points, hitting 4 of 6 3-pointers, with teammate Jody Hill adding 18 points and making 4 of 6 3s for Livingstone. Ethan Anderson had 14 points and Tyler Johnson 13 points and six assists.
“They hit some really big 3s right off the bat,” St. Augustine’s coach Lonnie Blow Jr. said. “They made some tough shots. Some of them we were there to contest, and they still made them.
“When you’re shooting like that, it kinda opens things up for the rest of your offense. That’s what happened to us.”
The Blue Bears also showed off their defense, forcing the Falcons into 25 turnovers.
In the other quarterfinal games Thursday:
Winston-Salem State 84, Virginia Union 74: Five players scored in double figures for the Rams (21-5) as the defending tournament champions won for the sixth time in their past seven games.
Bowie State 67, Lincoln (Pa.) 60: Byron Westmorland scored 18 points and three other players finished in double figures as the Bulldogs avenged two overtime losses in the regular season to the Lions.
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