By AFRO Staff

Day three of the 2023 CIAA Tournament was a nailbiter for fans in Downtown Baltimore. 

The men of Lincoln University met the Virginia State University Trojans on Feb. 24. 

Lincoln University pulled out a win. 

According to information released by CIAA officials, “the number six seed Lincoln Lions shot 51-percent from the field, connecting on 10-of-18 shots from the field in the second half to knock off the number three Virginia State Trojans, 75-67, in the CIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Thursday night inside CFG Bank Arena.”

Lincoln was unstoppable with the likes of Bakir Cleveland, who scored 24 points, and Korey Williams, who scored 21 points. Reggie Hudson wasn’t far behind, putting up an additional 18 points over the course of the game, which included five rebounds from him. 

But the Lions weren’t the only team with double-digit scorers on hand. 

Virginia State’s Terrence Hunter-Whitfield offered 21 points and six rebounds. He was followed by Zach Newkirk, who scored 13 points and Francis Fitzgerald, who scored 12.

With their Thursday win, Lincoln University advanced to the semifinals for the 2023 CIAA Tournament to face off against Fayetteville State University. 

Also on Thursday Claflin University’s men fell to Winston-Salem State in a 60-52 game. 

For the women, number six seed Shaw University went against Winston-Salem State and won in a match that ended with a final score of 54 to 48. 

The ladies of number five seed Elizabeth City State scored 76 points to Bowie State University’s 54 points. 

ECSU’s NyAsia scored a whopping 30 points, proving why she was named Food Lion Game MVP.