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Winston-Salem State gets NCAA D-II playoff berth

Published On: Nov 18 2013 08:41:08 AM EST

Winston-Salem State has received a first-round berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs two days after its CIAA championship game against Virginia State was canceled following an altercation between players from both schools.

The fourth-seeded Rams (9-1) will host fifth-seeded Slippery Rock (9-2) next Saturday.

The Rams were to face Virginia State for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship on Saturday. Winston-Salem State Chancellor Donald Reaves says quarterback Rudy Johnson was "viciously beaten" by Virginia State players in a bathroom during a luncheon Friday before the scheduled championship game.

Forsyth County authorities say Trojans running back Lamont Daniel Britt is charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

Late Saturday, the CIAA ruled Virginia State ineligible for postseason play.