Benedict Loses At Elizabeth City St.
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (BC SID) — The Elizabeth City State University Vikings scored the final seven points of the game to take a 77-72 victory over the Benedict College Tigers on Tuesday night.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 4-3 with their second straight loss. Elizabeth City State improved to 4-5.
Benedict had a 72-70 lead after a three-point play by Brennan Reynard with 2:32 left in the game. But the Tigers missed their final five shots of the game and the Vikings were able to pull out the victory.
Lamar Adkins, playing in his first game of the season, led the Tigers with 18 points. Andrew Crawford added 14 points, while Brennan Reynard had 10.
Benedict had as much as an 11-point lead in the first half, 30-19, but the Vikings rallied back and Benedict had a slim 38-36 lead at the half.
Benedict had its biggest lead in the second half, 44-38, after a fast-break layup by Lynden Davis with 18:19 to play. But the Vikings scored eight straight points for a 46-44 lead with 17:37 left in the game.
The rest of the game was a tight, back-and-forth contest. There were 16 total lead changes and the game was tied four times.
The Tigers shot 62.5 percent from the floor in the first half, but cooled off in the second half, shooting 43 percent to finish at 50 percent for the game. ECSU shot 50.9 percent for the game. Benedict had a 32-30 advantage in rebounding, but the Vikings had a 16-5 advantage in second-chance points.
The Tigers committed 20 turnovers, and the Vikings were able to convert those into 29 points.
The Tigers are now off until Jan. 2, when they will take on Stillman in their SIAC opener. Game time is 7:30 p.m.