ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.- The Trojan men’s basketball team jumps to a perfect 4-0 CIAA Northern Division record after defeating the Elizabeth City State University Vikings on January 24 with a final score of 67-52.
VSU shot 49.0 percent (25-51) from the field, 31.3 percent (5-16) from behind the arc and 70.6 percent (12.17) from the free throw line.
Taking the wheel for the Trojans was senior Tyrece Little with 15 points while collecting 4 rebounds. Rookie Tyler Peterson was not too far behind with 13 points and 4 assists.
Junior Ken Pankey stepped in with 11 points for the team.
The scoring remained close in the beginning of the first half as the Trojans fought to keep the Vikings down.
After a tied game with 6:04 left in the half, VSU’s persistence paid off with them taking the lead and never looking back. A shot from behind the arc by Pankey gave the Trojans an edge going into halftime with a score of 28-23.
VSU continued to overpower the ECSU in the second half with no ties or lead changes.
Peterson had two great free throw shots, putting the Trojans at a 20 point lead with 3:20 left in the game. The Vikings attempted to rally back at the 2 minute mark, but fell short. VSU took the win, 67-52.
The Trojans shot 24 points from inside the paint and secured 23 points off of Viking turnovers.
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