By AFRO Staff

Day two of the 2023 CIAA Tournament was full of excitement for those who flocked to Baltimore for a second day of games and activities on Wed., Feb. 22. Some of the top historically Black colleges and universities faced off on the court, while historically Black organizations like Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity engaged in fellowship opportunities off of the court. 

Day two included matchups between the ladies of Virginia State University and Lincoln University. Number two seed, Lincoln University, beat out number seven seed, Virginia State, in a 78 to 57 finish for the quarterfinals. 

Emerging victorious, the Lincoln Lions will now move on to the semifinals of the 2023 CIAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, which take place Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. The Lady Lions of Lincoln will meet up with Shaw University, which pulled out a win against Winston-Salem State in the Feb. 23 quarterfinal game.

Other women’s games on day two  included the meeting of Johnson C. Smith (JCSU), ranked as the number eight seed, and Fayetteville State, the top seed of the women’s tournament. After a riveting game, the final score on the board recorded 62 points for JCSU and 54 for Fayetteville State.

For the men’s games, top seed Virginia Union (VU) met up with the men of Elizabeth City State University, ranked as seed number nine. The game ended with VU taking home the “W” with a 75 to 64 final score. 

Other CIAA quarterfinal scores for men included the 82- 50 final score between Lincoln and JCSU, which kicked off the opening round of games on Feb. 22. The Winston-Salem State men’s basketball team finished on top against Saint Augustine with a score of 65 to 49, and the men of Fayetteville State also had a close game against Shaw. The final score in the Fayetteville State v. Shaw University match up closed out 58 to 53, with Fayetteville taking the lead. 

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