ELIZABETH CITY, N.C., DEC. 5 -- Tim Stanfill scored 19 points coming off the bench as the Firebirds captured the Elizabeth City Invitational tournament tonight over host Elizabeth City, 86-79.
The victory was the fourth consecutive win by the Firebirds over their CIAA rival.
UDC's Richard McLean, who leads the team in rebounding this season, grabbed a game-high 14. Lyndon DeBellotte scored 17 points and had five rebounds to help pace the Firebirds (5-0).
Stanfill, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, hit eight of nine field goal attempts and had nine rebounds.
Stanfill scored 13 first half-points as UDC took a 51-38 halftime advantage.
Elizabeth City's Kevin Dickens kept the Vikings close with three crucial three-point jump shots midway through the second half. The Vikings closed to 57-52 with 15:09 remaining in the half, but couldn't close the gap any further. Elizabeth City (3-1) moved to within 78-72 with just over five minutes remaining.
The Firebirds, however, pulled away as Stanfill scored on two straight dunks to squelch the final Vikings rally.
Melvin Satchell led the Vikings with 22 points. Dickens finished with 16 points. UDC Min FG FT R A PF T Dellotte 26 6-9 3-5 5 2 2 17 McLean 24 3-8 3-5 14 3 1 10 E. Johnson 24 2-2 1-2 6 0 2
Halftime: UDC, 51-38
Three-poin goals: UDC 4 (DeBellotte 2-3, McLean 1-3, Harris 1-4); Elizabeth 5 (Dickens 3-5, Walker 1-2, Wil
Technical fouls: Copeland 2, Stanfill
A -- 2,300.