On Wednesday January 4th the Chowan Hawks went to Brayboy Gymnasium (Charlotte, NC) to face their CIAA opponent, the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith. Both teams needed a win and were at .500 in the standings before the game. The score of the game was 27-24 then JCSU took advantage with 3:43 remaining before halftime and that’s when JCSU took full control of Chowan’s defense. The Golden Bulls went on a 10-2 run to close out the first half.
JCSU head coach Stephen Joyner, Sr. said after the game: “The level of competition at the tournament in Illinois forced us to examine our own talents. I was pleased to see how we have responded and gelled in some areas. I still have some concerns about our rebounding and team defense, but ultimately we’re positively progressing.”
Midway through the 2nd half, JCSU used a 16-3 spurt to take an 83-49 lead and seized control of the game. Chowan would score the final 11 points of the game, and held JCSU scoreless over the final 3:28. Four Golden Bulls finished the game in double-digits for points, led by Phillip Wood. Wood concluded the evening with a game-high 24 points and eight rebounds. Rickey Lamb for Chowan led his team with a career high 16 points. The final score of the game was 95-69. The Hawks fall to 6-7 overall, and 0-1 in CIAA play. JCSU is now 6-5 (1-0 CIAA).