Livingstone College

Blue Bears Defeat Broncos

SALISBURY, N.C. — The Livingstone College men’s basketball team defeated the Broncos of Fayetteville State University 116-101 on Monday night, thanks to a career-high effort from senior Mark Thomas and an explosive first half.

Thomas capped his final home game with a career-high 42 points as the Blue Bears held on to the No. 1 position in the CIAA Southern Division. Livingstone also improved its record to 17-6 overall and 10-4 in the conference. The Blue Bears are 7-1 in the CIAA Southern Division.

After being honored for hitting the 1,000-point mark in the Winston-Salem State game on Feb. 1, Thomas showed Livingstone exactly how he reached the milestone, going 12-for-19 from the field and making seven of nine shots from behind the arc.

The Blue Bears have won five of their last six games with the help of Jody Hill, who finished the game with 35 points thanks to seven 3-pointers of his own. By the end of the first half, Thomas and Hill scored 22 points each, accounting for more offense themselves than Fayetteville State – and helping the Blue Bears pour in 71 points in the first half.

The Broncos may have dominated in the paint, outscoring Livingstone 20-12, but the Blue Bears’ success came from not only shooting 54 percent in the first half, but their defense held the Broncos to a poor 39.5 percent shooting in the field.

Eric Dubose’s presence on the court was a big reason why the Blue Bears lead the Broncos by as much as 30 points, recording 11 points and dishing out nine assists. Eric Mayo dominated the paint for Livingstone, scoring 15 points and snatching seven rebounds.

The Blue Bears finished the game shooting 52.3 percent from the field and 86.1 percent from the 3-point line.

Livingstone will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 19, as they travel to Raleigh, N.C. to face the Falcons of Saint Augustine’s at 7:30 p.m.

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