College Basketball

Johnson C. Smith beats Elizabeth City State 74-68

J.C. Smith is on its best streak of the season.

The Golden Bulls won their third straight with a 74-68 CIAA victory Saturday night against Elizabeth City State at Brayboy Gym. They were consistent early and held off persistent Vikings challenges.

“I saw some consistency and holdover value in terms of how to play from the game the other night,” J.C. Smith coach Steve Joyner said of Thursday’s 87-77 win against Chowan. “The second half, I didn’t like how we started the ballgame. We just made some poor decisions, had some turnovers.”

Elizabeth City State (9-9, 2-3) was responsible for the Golden Bulls’ second-half woes. The Vikings hammered the ball inside to reserve forward Darrell Ward, who scored 11 of his team-high 14 points after the break to cut J.C. Smith’s advantage.

The Vikings’ defense forced 18 turnovers, but when Kyree Marshall (11 points) made two free throws to trim the deficit to 70-68 with 51.5 seconds left, J.C. Smith responded. The Golden Bulls (9-7, 3-2) closed out with Robert Davis (10 points) and Stedmon Lemon (13 points) each converting two free throws to seal the win.

“I was glad to see the team have some intestinal fortitude to fight through it,” Joyner said. “I think we’re beginning to show some characteristics about us and how we need to play to win. Coming out of first semester, we didn’t know who we were, what we wanted to be.”

J.C. Smith guard Diondre Pratt had a game-high 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and forward Emilio Parks added 13 points and seven rebounds as the Golden Bulls shot 57.1 percent (28-of-49). Miykael Faulcon added 12 points for Elizabeth City State, and Brachon Griffin had 11.

J.C. Smith went on a 21-9 flurry to close the first half with a 38-24 lead. The Golden Bulls connected on 59.3 percent of their first-half shots (16-of-27) with Pratt leading the way with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. J.C. Smith also exploited the paint for 27 points inside compared with Elizabeth City State’s eight.

J.C. Smith’s full-court pressure disrupted the Vikings in the first half, limiting them to 9-of-24 from the floor (36 percent) and running out on Elizabeth City State misses for quick transition baskets. The Vikings leaned heavily on the perimeter with limited success at 4-of-12 beyond the arc. Glenn Patterson hit both of his attempts to lead Elizabeth City State with six points.

J.C. Smith is on its best streak of the season.

The Golden Bulls won their third straight with a 74-68 CIAA victory Saturday night against Elizabeth City State at Brayboy Gym. They were consistent early and held off persistent Vikings challenges.

“I saw some consistency and holdover value in terms of how to play from the game the other night,” J.C. Smith coach Steve Joyner said of Thursday’s 87-77 win against Chowan. “The second half, I didn’t like how we started the ballgame. We just made some poor decisions, had some turnovers.”

Elizabeth City State (9-9, 2-3) was responsible for the Golden Bulls’ second-half woes. The Vikings hammered the ball inside to reserve forward Darrell Ward, who scored 11 of his team-high 14 points after the break to cut J.C. Smith’s advantage.

The Vikings’ defense forced 18 turnovers, but when Kyree Marshall (11 points) made two free throws to trim the deficit to 70-68 with 51.5 seconds left, J.C. Smith responded. The Golden Bulls (9-7, 3-2) closed out with Robert Davis (10 points) and Stedmon Lemon (13 points) each converting two free throws to seal the win.

“I was glad to see the team have some intestinal fortitude to fight through it,” Joyner said. “I think we’re beginning to show some characteristics about us and how we need to play to win. Coming out of first semester, we didn’t know who we were, what we wanted to be.”

J.C. Smith guard Diondre Pratt had a game-high 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and forward Emilio Parks added 13 points and seven rebounds as the Golden Bulls shot 57.1 percent (28-of-49). Miykael Faulcon added 12 points for Elizabeth City State, and Brachon Griffin had 11.

J.C. Smith went on a 21-9 flurry to close the first half with a 38-24 lead. The Golden Bulls connected on 59.3 percent of their first-half shots (16-of-27) with Pratt leading the way with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. J.C. Smith also exploited the paint for 27 points inside compared with Elizabeth City State’s eight.

J.C. Smith’s full-court pressure disrupted the Vikings in the first half, limiting them to 9-of-24 from the floor (36 percent) and running out on Elizabeth City State misses for quick transition baskets. The Vikings leaned heavily on the perimeter with limited success at 4-of-12 beyond the arc. Glenn Patterson hit both of his attempts to lead Elizabeth City State with six points.

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