Sports Samplings – 5/30
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.