By JEFF HARVEY
The Concord University men’s basketball team traveled to Virginia State Tuesday to face the home-standing Trojans.
The Mountain Lions used a first-half surge and a strong second half to subdue the Trojans, 94-78, raising CU’s record to 3-2.
The contest featured four ties and four lead changes early, until freshman point guard
Mike Boyd sank a three-point shot to put CU ahead 26-25 with 9:37 left in the first half. Boyd’s triple triggered a 14-3 rally that put the Mountain Lions ahead 37-28, and CU took a 50-43 lead into halftime.
Concord scored the first four points of the second half, and would methodically pull away to lead by as many as 22 points on two occasions, the last at 79-57 with 8:57 left.
The Mountain Lions shot a robust .548 from the field (34-62), including 8-16 from three-point range. Another encouraging sign came from the free throw line, where Concord finished 18-21 (.857). CU had shot just .604 percent from the line in its first four games.
Concord showed balance on offense, with eight players scoring at least six points and five reaching double figures.
Charles Brooks led the way with 21 points, 18 in the second half. Boyd and Javaughn Acree-Manuel scored 13 points apiece, with Cory Willard and Romel Kemp adding 11 points each. Kemp also grabbed ten rebounds to post a double-double.
Division I transfer Kenny Mitchell topped Virginia State with 22 points.
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