|Livingstone falls in NCAA|
|Fairmont State stops Blue Bears 91-73 in Atlantic Region|
|Published Sunday, March 17, 2013 11:59 am|
Livingstone’s first trip to the NCAA Division II tournament ended with a first-round loss.
No. 4 seed Fairmont State (23-8) beat the fifth seed Blue Bears 91-73 in the Atlantic Region on Saturday in Wheeling, W.Va. The Blue Bears (22-7) was led by Jody Hill's 18 points, one of four Blue Bears to score double figures. Fairmont State will play top seed West Liberty in the second round.
“We dug a big hole, and fought back tremendously, but it wasn’t enough,” coach James Stinson said.
Reserve Anthony Welch scored 12 points for Livingstone, connecting on two-of- three shots from behind the three-point line. Mark Thomas scored 11 points while Omar Ford-Bey added 10.
The Blue Bears got off to a very slow start against Fairmont State. The Falcons went on an 8-0 run to open the game and lived behind the three-point line in the first half, hitting six-of-six shots to build a 31-point lead.
Fairmont State’s Isaiah Hill and Tommy Scales were the top scorers, finishing with 16 and 14 points apiece. Hill and Chase Morgan paced the Falcons’ offense to end the first half 54-27.
In the second half, the Blue Bears began to pick up the pace and forced the Falcons into a double bonus foul situation early. However, the Falcons scored 14 second-chance points while the Blue Bears only scored five. The Falcons also outrebounded the Blue Bears 29-18.
Livingstone shot 42.6 percent from the field, connecting on 26-of-61 shots from the field.
“We’ve checked off a lot of things on our list of goals as a team,” Welch said.
“I’m ready to come back next season and push past what we accomplished this season,” said Hill.
Some of those accomplishments being the first team in Livingstone history to win the CIAA Southern Division championship, and the best single-season record.
“I’m very proud of our guys. Our goal was to get to the NCAA tournament,” Stinson said. “Although we fell short these young men played very well through it all the entire season.”
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