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Blue Bears Receive CIAA Highest GPA Award

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Livingstone College men’s basketball team was honored by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association on Monday afternoon as the winners of the league’s Highest Team Grade Point Average Award during the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament Tip-Off Luncheon at the Charlotte Convention Center.

With a cumulative 3.02 GPA, the Blue Bears received the highest GPA award among all of the CIAA’s men’s basketball teams. The award is based on the overall GPAs of the returning players from the previous season throughout the conference.

After receiving the CIAA Highest GPA Award, the Blue Bears were awarded for their most recent achievement—a back-to-back CIAA Southern Division title. The Blue Bears earned first and second round byes after finishing their season 18-7 overall and 11-5 in the conference.

Livingstone etched another “First” mark in their history books with Mark Thomas’ (Sr., Saginaw, MI) performance this season. Ranked #1 in points per game in the CIAA, Livingstone’s Mark Thomas was honored as the 2013-14 CIAA Player of the Year. A 2013-14 All-CIAA Preseason Team selection, Thomas’ performance this season was enough for him to be named CIAA Player of the Week twice. Thomas led the Blue Bears to their second consecutive CIAA Southern Division title, starting every game during the 2013-14 season and averaging 21.2 points per game to lead the conference.

Playing three seasons as a Blue Bear, Thomas joined the 1,000-point club after aiding Livingstone in its 79-47 win over Lincoln (PA) University. This season, Thomas has recorded 22 double-figure games, including a career-high 42 points against Fayetteville State. Also being named to the 2014 All-Conference team, Thomas was joined by Jody Hill, Jr., (Sr., Detroit, MI). Hill finished the season ranked fourth in the CIAA in point per game, averaging 18.9 per game. He finished with 20 double figure games, including a career high 37 points against Chowan University and nine games where he scored 20 points or more.

Livingstone men’s basketball team will receive a first and second round bye before beginning play on Thursday, Feb. 27 in the quarterfinals of the CIAA Tournament, at 1:00 p.m.

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