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Thursday, February 14, 2013

BOWIE STATE FALLS AGAIN TO VIRGINIA UNION PANTHERS 79-68



RICHMOND, Va. – The Bowie State University men’s basketball team fell behind on the road early against Virginia Union University and fell, 79-68, Wednesday night. The Bulldogs never led and suffered their first season sweep against the Panthers since the 2009-2010 season.

As a result, the Bulldogs fell to 9-13 overall and 5-8 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Panthers improved to 9-12 overall (6-7 CIAA).

Bulldogs’ senior forward Byron Westmoreland (Baltimore, Md.) was dominant as he scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Senior Najee White (Jamaica Queens, N.Y.) scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. No other Bulldogs players scored in double figures.

On the other side, the Panthers had a balanced scoring effort as four players scored in double figures and were led by 19 points and 11 rebounds from junior center Omar Briggs (Richmond, Va.).

For the game, the Bulldogs shot just 33.9 percent from the field while the Panthers shot over 49 percent.

Within two minutes of the game’s start, the Panthers led, 5-0. After a turnover by White, the Panthers took a, 12-5, lead after a layup by Juan Wilson at the 15-minute, 21-second mark.
The Bulldogs went on a 7-2 run over the next 1:10 and pulled to within, 14-12, after two free throws by Westmoreland. The Bulldogs would never get any closer.

A, 6-0, run of their own helped the Panthers jumped out to a, 20-12, after a jumper by Briggs at the 12:18 mark of the first half.

The Panthers extended their lead to, 33-19, by the 6:34 mark of the first half after two free throws by Cordero Holt and went into the half with a 46-36, lead.

But the Bulldogs hung tough early into the second half and trailed by only seven, 49-42, with 15:51 remaining after a steal and layup by junior guard David Golladay (Upper Marlboro, Md.).
A Golladay layup at the 15:27 mark pulled the Bulldogs to within, 51-44, but the team would get no closer following that.

Over the next six minutes the Panthers extended their lead to, 68-52, and never looked back.

The Bulldogs will wrap up the home portion of their 2012-2013 season on Saturday (February 16), hosting the Hawks of Chowan University. Prior to the 7:30 pm tipoff, seniors Dameatric Scott, White, Branden Doughty, Bryan Wilson and Westmorland will be honored in a special pregame ceremony.

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