Livingstone turns back St. Augustine’s rally

02/27/2014 10:32 PM

02/27/2014 10:34 PM

Mark Thomas scored 28 points and Jody Hill added 19 for Livingstone in a 75-63 quarterfinal victory against St. Augustine’s in the CIAA tournament Thursday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Blue Bears (19-7), the No. 1 seed in the Southern Division, advanced to Friday’s 7 p.m. semifinal and will play Fayetteville State, an 81-74 winner against Lincoln.

Tashaun Stockdale and Joel Kindred scored 13 each for St. Augustine’s (13-16), seeded sixth in the division. Amere May added 10 points.

The Blue Bears led 5-2 early, but the Falcons opened a 17-7 lead with a 15-2 run. Stockdale scored five points during that stretch for the Falcons.

“The guys were ready to play,” said Falcons coach Tony Sheals, whose squad lost twice to the Blue Bears during the regular season. “We knew we could play with them, and it would be a dogfight.”

Thomas scored 18 in the second half to ignite the Blue Bears, who shot 49 percent in the final 20 minutes. The Blue Bears opened the half with a 19-10 run for a 49-38 lead with 13:40 left.

Winston-Salem State 74, Elizabeth City State 70: Marquez Jones scored 25 points, including nine of 13 field goals, Preston Ross had 17 and WyKevin Bazemore 13 for the Rams (17-10) in the final game of the night.

Winston-Salem State will play Johnson C. Smith in the semifinals Friday at 9:20 p.m.

Dominique Byrd led Elizabeth City State (14-13) with 12 points. Shaquil Barber had 10.

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