Center Earl Jones made a superb offensive and defensive effort as the University of the District of Columbia routed Elizabeth City State University, 115-99, last night at UDC.
UDC raised its record to 7-2; Elizabeth City is winless in 10 games.
Jones controlled the pace of the game from the start until he was replaced with 6:38 left in the second half. By then, UDC led, 90-70.
"I concentrated on rebounding," said Jones, a 7-foot junior. "I tried to open up fast breaks. I played back a lot and most of the shots were taken before I even reached half court."
Michael Britt led all scorers with 29 points and eight rebounds. Jones had 22 points and nine rebounds.
Benjamin Brown scored a team-high 21 points for Elizabeth City, and Rudy Burton scored 18.
Leading, 45-36, at the half, UDC outscored the Vikings, 13-4, to take a 58-40 lead early in the second half. The closest the Vikings could come after that was a 14-point difference with 20 seconds left.
"We controlled them on the inside game," said UDC Coach Wil Jones. "We're quick and we caused them to turn the ball over. We controlled the pace. When we wanted to push into a fast break, we did."
UDC pulled ahead in the first half on the strength of Jones' inside game, and Britt's alert defensive play. Jones and Britt each led all scorers with 16 points at the half.
UDC took advantage of the Vikings' turnovers and got ahead 12-6 five minutes into the game. The Firebirds opened the margin to seven, 20-13, midway through the half.
The Vikings, led by Erwin Harris (eight points) and Ellis Everett (10 points) then scored seven unanswered point to draw even at 26 with 6:20 left.
Jones' 20-foot jumper and Britt's steal and subsequent reverse slam-dunk lifted UDC to its biggest lead in the half with four minutes remaining, 37-26.