Cinderella wore blue and white sneakers Saturday night as seventh-seeded Elizabeth
City State knocked off top-seeded Virginia Union, 63-60, to win the 2007 CIAA Men's
The Vikings won their fourth game in as many days to capture their first conference
title since 1981 thanks to stellar performances by C.J. Pigford and Anthony Hilliard.
Pigford finished the contest with 23 points and 14 rebounds while Hilliard, tabbed
Tournament MVP, dropped in 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds of his own.
"It's amazing what you can accomplish when you have good players," said Viking head
coach Shawn Walker.
The ECSU alum and former all-conference selectee had never tasted victory over the
Panthers as a player and a coach including a heart breaking, double-overtime, 95-94,
loss to VUU a week ago in Elizabeth City.
The third meeting this season proved to be the charm for the Vikings.
Pigford and Hilliard were able to counter VUU's Chris Green (19 pts) and Brad Byerson
(15 pts, 12 rebs).
ECSU controlled the boards outrebounding VUU, 53-33 turning a three point halftime
deficit into a three point championship victory.
They entered the tournament with a 12-15 record. Ten of those losses were by seven
points or less.
The Vikings leave Charlotte on a four game winning streak where three of those wins
were by five points or less.
Their CIAA Championship earns them an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II playoffs.
See the Athletics Department website for more details:http://ecsuvikings.cstv.com/
Photo by Kesha Williams/University Relations & Marketing
Photo caption:Anthony Hilliard rushes in the lane to score as C.J. Pigford wards off
the defending Panthers.