The 2011 CIAA Tournament first round game between Livingstone College and St. Paul’s College was full of spurts. Livingstone started the game and end with one to hold off St. Paul’s 77-61.
The Blue Bears jumped out to an early 15-0 run before St. Paul’s got on track. The Tigers went on a 9-0 run themselves and would eventually close the score to 19-15.
It was Livingstone’s turn to go on a run, this time 7-2. St. Paul’s chipped at the Blue Bear’s lead to pull within two just before the end of the half.
With just seconds left in the first half, St. Paul’s Kedrick Williams stole the ball near midcourt. Right before the buzzer, he threw up a 40 foot shot and it banged in. St. Paul’s took the lead for the first time 32-31.
It was a good battle to start the second half. Then Livingstone went on another spurt and outscored St. Paul’s 13-2. The Tigers would fight back, but could never recover.
Greg Henry was the top scorer for Livingstone with 20 points. Nasir Austin and Trone Jackson added 18 points and 11 points respectfully.
St. Paul’s got 17 points out of Maurice Reevey and 15 points out of Kedrick Williams. Ibn Rassoull added 11 points for the Tigers.
Livingstone will next face Virginia Union University in the quarterfinal round. They will play Thursday at 3pm in the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC.