Hawks Pull Away Late; Halt Vikings Win Streak at Three Games
January 4, 2010
MURFREESBORO, NC - A layup by Jaleel Nelson with 1:08 remaining followed by free throws by Mark Brown and Charles Rhodes gave the Chowan University Hawks enough cushion to pull out a 63-54 win over Elizabeth City State University Monday night at the Helms Center.
“Chowan is a veteran team and we are a team with four sophomores and seven freshmen,” said Head Coach Shawn Walker. “Tonight we played like a young team. We got all the looks we wanted but were not able to make shots. You don’t beat veteran teams on the road if you don’t make shots. Hat’s off to Chowan for grinding out a win tonight.”
Prior to the final minute of play the Hawks, who trailed by a bucket at the half (26-24), could not put more than a seven point spread between themselves and the Vikings. In the second half two free throws by Nelson put Chowan up 35-28 at the 16:30 mark. However ECSU, behind the inspired bench play of Angleo Sharpless, rallied back to tie the game at 40 all with 7:52 left in the game.
Ultimately the Vikings could not overcome the amount of time the Hawks (6-4, CIAA 5-2) spent at the charity stripe in the second half. Chowan hit only 9 shot from the field in the second stanza but took 27 trips to the line converting 20 shots. For the game the Hawks made more free throws (28) than ECSU attempted (26). Nelson, who honored prior to the game for netting his 1,000th career point, made the most of his time at the line going 17-20 en route to a game high 31 points.
Paul Goldsmith was the only Viking starter to register double figures with 14 while Sharpless finished with a 10 point 9 rebound effort as a reserve.
ECSU (6-5, CIAA 2-4) will return to the court on Saturday when they host Johnson C. Smith at the RL Vaughan Center. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 pm. For more information on ECSU Athletics, visit www.ecsuvikings.com