CIAA game between WSSU and Elizabeth City postponed

A Saturday showdown between Winston-Salem State and Elizabeth City State was postponed due to a strange set of circumstances. The bus transporting the WSSU men’s team broke down on the highway while en route. The news was first reported by the Winston-Salem Journal.

The bus broke down around Rocky Mount, North Carolina stranding the players for two hours according to the report. Interim Athletic Director George Knox didn’t want to compromise the player’s ability to perform for a 4 pm tip-off.

“The Holiday Tours bus that we contract with to take our teams to road games broke down,” Knox told the paper. “I just don’t want to put the stress on our team like that sitting on the side of the road and waiting for another bus, then having to go play a game.”

The Men’s Basketball game against ECSU scheduled for today at 4:00 PM has been postponed for a later date. #WeSeeRed

— WSSU Athletics (@WSSU_Athletics) December 7, 2019

There is currently no information on when the game will be rescheduled. It’s been a tough week on the road for Winston-Salem State. The Rams lost to Claflin 60-53 on Monday before Saturday’s transportation woes.

The game was supposed to be the final home game in 2019 for the Vikings. ECSU will close out the remainder of December with five consecutive away games before returning home in January. The Vikings are playing lights out with a 6-2 record, and the two losses are by a combined eight points.

The WSSU women travel separately and made it to Elizabeth City State with no issues. The Lady Rams (5-4, 2-2 CIAA) also didn’t have any issues with the Lady Vikings (2-5, 2-2 CIAA). WSSU won its game 55-45 over Elizabeth City State. WSSU senior Taylor Daniels scored a career-high 17 points in the win.

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Alcorn State wins second straight SWAC Championship, headed to Celebration Bowl again

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Alcorn State defeated Southern in the SWAC Championship for the second straight year on Saturday, 39-24. With the win, the Braves (9-3, 6-1) are headed to the Celebration Bowl for the second consecutive year.

— Alcorn Sports (@BRAVESSPORTS) December 8, 2019

ASU Quarterback Felix Harper finished 12 for 15 with 225 yards and a touchdown. Receiver LeCharles Pringle was the premiere target with five catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. Niko Duffey led all rushers with 72 yards on 15 carries. De’Shawn Waller and Trey Turner each contributed a rushing touchdown.

After a mostly quiet first quarter, Southern struck first with a 32-yard rushing touchdown. ASU defensive back Javen Morrison ran SU’s kickoff 89 yards to the house to tie the game with 1:56 left in the quarter. A Southern holding penalty deep in its own territory resulted in a safety to give the Braves a 9-7 lead to close the quarter.

SU rushed in the end zone again in the second quarter to retake the lead, but a 3-yard responding score from Turner on the following drive sent ASU into halftime leading 16-14.

SU put up the only third-quarter points with a field goal with 6:44 left to take a 17-16 lead. The Braves set the pace for the final quarter. A 56-yard touchdown pass from Harper to Pringle in the first minute gave the Braves a 22-16 lead after a failed two-point attempt.

Southern responded on its following drive with a rushing touchdown to cut the lead to two but didn’t find the end zone again. The Braves closed out regulation with 16 unanswered points through a field goal, a rushing touchdown from Waller and a 53-yard pick-six to win the SWAC Championship, 39-24

Third time’s the charm?

ASU will represent the SWAC in the Celebration Bowl for the second straight year. This is also the Braves’ third appearance through the Bowl’s five total games. Reflective of last season, ASU will again face the repeating MEAC Champions, North Carolina A&T. The Braves fell to the Aggies last season but will get their chance at redemption this year on December 21. Kick-off is scheduled for 12 PM at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

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