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Top-seeded Fayetteville State storms past J.C. Smith

By Herb White
Correspondent
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Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
Fayetteville State's Amber Calvin (14) moves the ball away from Johnson C. Smith's Shanel Sweet, right, during the second day of the CIAA basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena. Fayetteville State University won Wednesday’s game, 70-47.

Fayetteville State showed why it earned the CIAA South’s top seed on Wednesday.

The Broncos dominated from the opening tip in a 70-47 win against J.C. Smith in the second round of the league’s tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena. Fayetteville State (20-6), which grabbed a 26-19 advantage at halftime, reeled off a 12-4 run to put the Golden Bulls (14-13) away.

Four Broncos starters hit double digits, with Deja Middleton’s 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting leading all scorers. Akysia Resper chipped in 16, Amber Calvin 14 and JeLena Robertson 10.

Karnina Bunch was the Golden Bulls’ top scorer with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

Virginia State 85, St. Augustine’s 60: Virginia State, ranked 13th in Division II, cranked out a 44-25 halftime bulge and cruised to an easy win. Center Tiffanie Adair scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the first half for the Trojans, who improved to 24-1. Adair, who converted 8-of-9 shots, got plenty of help from Jessica Lyons, who added 14 points, Lamesha Deal (11) and Prynces Tate-Dublin (10).

Porscha Walton topped St. Augustine’s (13-13) with 13 points, the only Falcon to break double figures.

Virginia Union 73, Bowie State 53: North No. 3 seed Virginia Union (11-14) blew open a close game with a 50-29 second half to pull away from No. 2 Bowie State (11-14). Ashle Freema pumped in 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting to lead the Panthers, who also got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Melyse Brown and 13 points from Jasmin Dancy.

Donia Naylor paced Bowie State with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting as well as a game-best 17 rebounds. No other Bulldog scored more than seven points.

Shaw 71, Lincoln (Pa.) 56: Shaw, which has won the past three tournament titles, exploded for a 41-26 second half to break a halftime tie against the Lions. Four Bears broke double figures, with Diamond Mitchell and Kamiya Burwell each scoring 15 points. Kaula Jacks and Verdine Warner added 13 and 10 points each for Shaw, the South’s second seed.

Pam Zephrah paced Lincoln, the North’s sixth seed, with 16 points.

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