FINAL SCORE: Elizabeth City State 90, Apprentice School 77
RECORDS: Apprentice School 3-4, Elizabeth City St. 4-5
LOCATION: RL Vaughan Center / Elizabeth City, NC
EVENT: ECSU Thanksgiving Classic
IN BRIEF: An early 17-1 deficit proved too much to overcome on Sunday afternoon as the Apprentice School dropped a 90-77 decision to homestanding Elizabeth City State.
ON THE COURT
- The homestanding Vikings raced out to a quick start as a Darrell Ward jumper with 16:47 left in the first half gave them a 12-0 lead.
- A Jamal Curry free throw 32 seconds later put the Builders on the board to trail 12-1. The lead grew to 17-1 on a 3-pointer from Glenn Patterson with 15:38 left in the half.
- The Builders trimmed the deficit to 40-34 as Johnnie Ferebee hit one-of-two from the foul line with 1:07 left in the half. ECSU scored eight of the last 10 points in the half to take a 48-36 lead into halftime.
- In the second half, the lead grew to 65-47 on a Brachon Griffin layup with 11:48 left. The Builders had one last run scoring 11 of the next 13 as a Jay Melednez dunk with 8:55 left brought them to 67-58. That was as close as they got the rest of the game.
BEHIND THE BOXSCORE
- Ferebee was the leading scorer in the game with a career-high 30 points. He was 10-of-19 from the floor, 2-of-3 from 3-point land and 8-of-9 from the foul line. His previous high was 29 points in a home win over Virginia Wesleyan College as a sophomore.
- Lavonte Thomas had 13 points and four steals, while Curry had a double-double of 13 points, 12 rebounds and blocked four shots.
- Elizabeth City State had four in double figures as Ward was high with 19 points going 8-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the foul line. Patterson chipped in 17 points , Miykael Faulcon scored 13 and Elon Edwards added 11 for the hosts who were a blistering 33-of-59 from the floor (55.9%) and 10-of-17 from 3-point range (58.8%).
The men will hit the home floor for the first, and only time, in the 2014 portion of their schedule on December 6 when they face another NCAA Division II opponent in the University of District of Columbia at 2 pm.