Chowan men lose in first round

Published 9:36 am Friday, March 2, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Mark Thomas paced Livingstone with a career-high 28 points, hitting 11 of 15 shots from the field — five-of-seven from thee-point range — to lead the Blue Bears to a 67-52 victory over Chowan University on Tuesday night in the 67th Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The loss in Charlotte, N.C., ended Chowan’s season.

The sixth-seeded Hawks (8-21) put together a 7-0 run late in the opening period to trim the deficit back down to four, but Southern Division No. 5 seed Livingstone answered with six quick points in just over a minute, and entered the break up 30-22.

Chowan was led by Kyree Bethel’s 13 points, 11 of which were scored in the first half.