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Sports Samplings – 5/30

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Bethune-Cookman fans will see a familiar face running the sideline during the NBA Finals, which start tonight. Eric Lewis, a B-CU alum and husband of women’s basketball coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis, is one of 12 referees selected to officiate the Finals. This will be the 15-year veteran’s first Finals. “Words cannot express how proud I am of my husband," Blair-Lewis said. "One of the best 12 in the NBA and OFFICIALLY in the white jacket." Visit NBA.com/official to find out which games Lewis will officiate.

Aggie Pride. For the first time since the 2015-16 season, one university has captured both the Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s All-Sports Award and the Talmadge Layman Hill Men’s Award, which goes to the athletics program that performed the best during the season.

North Carolina A&T earned $40,000 – $20,000 for each award – at a reception Wednesday night in Hilton Head. The Aggies also were honored for earning the MEAC’s highest academic performance rate over the past four seasons, an additional $10,000.

Howard had the highest graduation success rate at 81 percent, which earned it a $25,000 check. Norfolk State and Bethune-Cookman were second and third, respectively, in the women's award rankings, while the two flipped on the men’s side, with the Wildcats coming in second and the Spartans third.

Play ball! MEAC baseball champs Florida A&M will take on Georgia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Baseball Championship. The matchup will be streamed on ESPN3 May 31 at 7 p.m. Over in the SWAC, Southern will take on Mississippi State at 1 p.m. Friday. The contest will also stream on ESPN3.

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