Hawks halt skid

Published 5:06 pm Tuesday, December 21, 2021

MURFREESBORO – After numerous heartbreaking losses, the Chowan University men’s basketball team and their first-year head coach Rob Burke finally have something to smile about.

The Hawks used a late offensive surge to battle back from an eight-point deficit with four minutes remaining to gain their first win of the season, 79-76, over King University here Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday afternoon.

Head coach Rob Burke encourages his players in a recent game. On Saturday, Burke and Hawks notched their first win of the season after beating King University, 79-76, at home. Photo courtesy of Chowan University

In his first action of the season, Marcus Elliott did not disappoint with a 22-point performance, going 8-14 from the floor. Donavon Martin added 15 points and nine rebounds to go along with three blocks and five steals. Daylen Askew contributed 12 points.

RJ Wilson tallied nine points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. The Hawks limited their turnovers to just eight after averaging 16.7 per game.

The win marked the first victory for coach Burke at Chowan.

King held a 74-66 lead with 4:04 remaining before the Hawks went to work on their game-winning effort.

Christian Koonce and Cheick Traore sparked a 13-2 run with a pair of buckets. Askew knocked down a triple from the corner to even the score with 1:46 remaining.

Elliott gave the Hawks the lead with a pair of freebies that were answered by King. Following a Chowan timeout, Elliott posted a pull up jumper from the elbow with 30 seconds remaining to give the Hawks the lead.

At the other end following a King timeout, Martin came up strong with a block. Askew gave the Hawks the one possession lead hitting 1-2 from the stripe.

King’s final attempt from three-quarter court was unsuccessful.

A pair of buckets from Martin, an Askew three-pointer, and a basket each by Jaylen Dilliard, Wilson, and Elliott staked the Hawks to a 16-13 lead in the game’s early stages.

After King rallied with a 9-2 run, Chowan matched it with one of their own to lead 29-24. Martin started the run with a jumper before Elliott scored the next five points and Chase Barnett hit a jumper.

King rallied again and led 39-37 at halftime.

Barnett opened the scoring in the second half with a layup followed by a three-pointer from Jay Estime to give the Hawks a 42-41 advantage.

The Tornado countered with a 10-2 run, but the Hawks answered with a dunk by Martin in transition, two free throws by Wilson and an Elliott jumper to close the deficit to one point (51-50), setting up a back-and-forth battle until Chowan’s late run sealed the victory.

Chowan (1-8 overall; 1-6 in league play) will take the rest of 2021 off as the Hawks will return to the court on Jan. 4 against nationally-ranked UNC Pembroke on the road.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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