PHOTO – 2013 Big Apple Classic Logo


Brooklyn’s Barclays Center will be the host arena for the 2013 Big Apple Classic, featuring MEAC rivals Hampton University and Howard University, and CIAA rivals Virginia State University and Virginia Union University.

Winston-Salem State Earns 5th Seed in NCAA Division II Tournament

The Winston-Salem State University Rams will open the 2012 NCAA Division II Men’s Tournament against West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday, March 10th.

The Rams will be making their second consecutive trip to the NCAA DII Tournament. WSSU the #5 regional seed, 21-8 and winner of the CIAA Tournament, will be face the Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan, 21-8 and the #4 regional seed.

Winston-Salem State University won the 2012 CIAA Tournament with a 62-51 victory over the Elizabeth City State University Vikings Saturday, capturing the school’s 11th CIAA Tournament Title.

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HBCU Legends Earl Monroe, Willis Reed and Dave Robbins to Enter College Basketball Hall of Fame

CIAA basketball legends Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Dave Robbins along with Grambling State icon Willis Reed were today announced as part of the 2012 College Basketball Hall of Fame class. Monroe, who earned the nickname ‘Black Jesus’ as standout guard for Winston-Salem State, led the Rams to the Division II national championship in 1967, averaging 41.5 points per game.

Reed led the Tigers to conference titles in each of his four years at GSU, one in the NAIA and three in the SWAC. In 1996, both he and Monroe were named among the 50 greatest players in NBA history and are members of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Dave Robbins, former men’s head basketball coach at Virginia Union and the first white coach in CIAA history won more than 700 games and three national Division II titles with the Panthers.
The three will be inducted on Nov. 18 in Kansas City, MO.

#6 Shaw Finishes CIAA Season Undefeated

CIAA Player of the Year Malik Alvin and his All-CIAA teammate Tony Smith paced Shaw as they downed Saint Augustine’s 64-62 in a thriller played at a packed Emery Gymnasium on Thursday night. With the win, #6 Shaw completes an undefeated CIAA season and wins their 20th in a row.

The Bears improve to 24-2 on the season, 16-0 in the CIAA and 10-0 in the Southern Division. The Falcons even their record at 13-13, 8-8 in the conference and 3-7 in the division.

“This means we have a very good team and a very good coaching staff,” said Shaw head coach Cleo Hill, Jr. “This has been a magical season and I didn’t think we’d come this far and lose to a cross-town rival. That said, they (Saint Augustine’s) played with a lot of pride and a very good game plan.”

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#6 Shaw Finishes CIAA Season Undefeated; Downs Saint Augustine’s 64-62 – Shaw University Athletics

CIAA Announces Basketball Players and Coaches of the Week – 1/16/12

The CIAA yesterday announced its weekly award winners for men’s and women’s basketball through the week ending January 14. Shaw’s Malik Alvin and Chowan’s Talaya Lynch earned player of the week awards.

Malik Alvin continued to pace the Shaw offense this week, averaging 22 points a game in Shaw’s three victories.  On the week, he shot for 65.7 percent, including 52.9 percent from beyond the three-point arc. In Shaw’s 103-89 win over Chowan, Alvin scored 28 points – the fourth time this season he hit the 28-point mark. He also added six assists in that performance.

Lynch averaged 23.5 points and nine rebounds a game this week. She was 10-12 from the free throw line to put her at 86% at the line this season. Against Shaw, Lynch scored 27 points (including five threes) and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Virginia Union Defeats Virginia State in Freedom Classic

Virginia Union University’s Wesley Simmons scored 18 points while Calvin Brown scored 16 points to lead VUU to a 63-61 win over Virginia State University in the 2012 Freedom Classic, played on Sunday, January 15, in the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.

The win was the 23rd straight time that the Panthers downed Virginia State in a streak that reaches back to January, 2002.

VUU was led in rebounding by Simmons, Brown and Damion Harris, each of whom had five rebounds apiece.

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VUU Downs VSU in Freedom Classic 

Fayetteville State Leading Scorer Jamel Carpenter Dismissed From Team

Jamel Carpenter, a maligned-yet-talented forward for the Fayetteville State Broncos men’s basketball team, has been dismissed from the program by head coach Alphonsa Kee for “behavior detrimental to the team.”

Carpenter, a 6-foot-3 senior forward from Salisbury, is still enrolled in classes at FSU. Kee said the decision had nothing to do with academics.

“No, this was a basketball decision,” Kee said Monday. “(Former FSU) Coach (Rick) Duckett told me a long time ago that discipline is something you do for someone, not to someone. Part of my job is to make sure young men learn about life here, and sometimes these things happen. (Fayetteville Observer)

Carpenter was averaging 17.7 points per game for the Broncos through three games.