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Sunday, February 17, 2013

FIVE SENIORS CLOSE OUT HOME CAREER WITH 67-63 DIVISION WIN OVER CHOWAN



BOWIE, Md. – Five seniors played their final home game in a Bulldogs uniform and came away on the positive side of the scoreboard, defeating Chowan University 60-53. With the win, the Bowie State record improves to 10-13 overall, 6-8 in the CIAA and 3-5 in the North.

“I really happy for my seniors and really proud of this team for sending them out the right way”, said head coach Darrell Brooks.

Senior Byron Westmorland (Baltimore, Md.) led the Bulldogs with 15 points (all 3-pointers) to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Senior Najee White (Jamaica Queens, N.Y.) and junior Ray Gatling (Oxon Hill, Md.) added 11 points each and contributed three assists apiece. Senior Branden Doughty (Upper Marlboro, Md.) chipped in nine points on 3-of-4 shooting and added two rebounds, two blocks and one steal. BSU’s other two seniors Dameatric Scott (Hagerstown, Md.) and Bryan Wilson (Upper Marlboro, Md.) recorded eight and seven points respectively.

Chowan’s Kyree Bethel (Fayetteville, N.C.) led all scorers in the contest with 24 points (seven of them three pointers) and Quinton McDuffie (San Diego, Calif.) added 15 points before fouling out of the game. The loss keeps Chowan winless in the CIAA 0-14 (0-8 North) and sets their season record at 6-17.

Bethel started the game off with a three pointer for the Hawks. A 13-4 run by the Bulldogs gave Bowie Sate a 13-7 lead at the 14:49 mark in the first half. Bowie State held onto the lead until another three pointer from Bethel gave the Hawks a 20-19 lead with 6:36 remaining in the half. The Bulldogs regained the lead 45 seconds before halftime after a dunk from Brandon Doughty gave Bowie State a 27-26 advantage. Chowan was unable to answer back and trailed 29-26 heading into halftime.

The Bulldogs pressure defense held the Hawks to 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) field goal shooting in the first half. Five of Chowan’s eight first period field goals came behind the 3-point line with all the triples coming from Bethel.

Bowie State made 10-of-24 first half field goals (41.7 percent) and was led by Scott’s seven points.

The Bulldogs led by as much as 11 points (47-36) at the 13:50 mark of the second half only to see the Chowan Hawks cut the lead to 53-52 with 6:10 left to play in the game. Bowie State countered with a 10-4 run to give the Bulldogs some breathing room at 63-56.

“The key point and time for us tonight was midway through the second half through the end of the game where we really did a good job defending the 3-point line”, said Brooks.

Bowie State hits the road for the final two regular season games, making stops at Virginia State on Wednesday (2/20) at 7:30 pm and play Elizabeth City State on national television on Saturday (February 23) at 4 pm.

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