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Sunday, February 10, 2013

OVERTIME UNKIND AS BOWIE STATE FALLS 60-59 TO LINCOLN (PA)



LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. - Lincoln (Pa.) junior Derrick Washington (Washington, D.C.) hit a free throw with 1.8 seconds left to lift the Lions to a 60-59 overtime win over Bowie State. The overtime loss, BSU’s second of the season to Lincoln, drops the Bulldogs season record to 9-12, 5-7 in the CIAA and 2-4 in the conference’s Northern division.

Washington paced all scorers on the night with 19 points, including going 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Will Cole (Newark, N.J.) had 12 points and eight rebounds before fouling out in the extra period as the Lions (13-9 overall, 6-6 CIAA, 4-2 CIAA North) were 21-of-58 shooting for 36 percent.

Bowie State raced out to a 16-9 advantage after a Dameatric Scott (Hagerstown, Md.) layup with 9:12 remaining, but Lincoln (Pa.) answered with a 12-4 run, capped by a Richard Glover (Baltimore, Md.) three-point play, giving the Lions a 21-20 lead with 4:09 left.

With the score knotted at 27-all, Lincoln closed out the first half with buckets by Cole and Washington to give the Lions a 31-27 lead at the break.

The Lions appeared to have the game in hand with 12:08 remaining in regulation as Washington sank a pair at the free-throw line to give Lincoln a 46-38 advantage. But the Bulldogs refused to go quietly in this intense rivalry and used a 13-2 run over next eight minutes to grab a 51-48 lead after a jumper by junior Carlos Smith.
 
The Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 46-45 at the 10:35 mark of the second half following a traditional three-point play by senior Bryan Wilson (Upper Marlboro, Md.). Bowie State missed several opportunities over the next three plus minutes to regain the lead. However, a steal by junior Ray Gatling (Oxon Hill, Md.) and fast break dunk by senior Byron Westmorland (Baltimore, Md.) shifted the advantage over to Bowie State at 49-48 with 6:53 left in regulation.

A Ray Gatling bucket with 35 seconds remaining gave Bowie State a 53-50 advantage, but Washington's 3-pointer with 25 seconds tied the contest at 53. The Bulldogs had a few chances to win the game in regulation as Westmorland's 3-pointer was off the mark and Wilson's putback attempt banged off the back iron, sending the contest into overtime.

In the extra period, Westmorland's free throw with 44 seconds left gave the Bulldogs a 58-57 lead and a free throw by Wilson extend the margin to 59-57, which set the stage for Washington's heroics.


With Lincoln trailing, 59-57, Washington drove to the line and lifted a soft jumper over two Bowie State defenders to tie the game at 59 as he was fouled on the play with 1.8 seconds left. After a timeout by the Bulldogs, Washington sank the free throw and Bowie State's final attempt by Wilson at the buzzer was short as the packed house erupted onto the court.

Senior Najee White (Jamaica Queens, N.Y.) led the way for the Bulldogs with 14 points. Wilson added 11 points, six rebounds and a career-high seven steals, while Westmorland chipped in with nine points and nine boards as Bowie State shot 33 percent (19-of-57) from the field.

The Bulldogs will see their next conference action on Wednesday (February 13th) at Virginia Union University. Tip-off versus the Panthers is set for 7:30 pm in Barco-Stevens Hall.

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