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Monday, November 7, 2011



(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Bowie State University men’s basketball team dropped a 92-65 exhibition decision to Division I George Washington University Sunday night. GW’s Colonials are a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and the former employer of Bulldogs head coach Darrell Brooks.

"We never gave ourselves a chance to win the game because we turned the ball over so much", said Brooks. "I thought we played pretty hard, the rebounds were even and I thought when we ran our offense we got good stuff out of it."

Junior Bryan Wilson (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and senior Jay Gavin (Seat Pleasant, Md.) and led Bowie State in scoring with 16 and 13 points respectively. Preseason All-CIAA selection Travis Hyman (Annapolis, Md.) struggled on offense, going 2-for-11 from the field but pulled down a game-high nine rebounds before fouling out with 7:57 left in the contest.

The Colonials jumped out to an early 8-2 advantage on three layups and a dunk. Bowie State pulled to within five at 16-11 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the first half, but would get no closer.

George Washington held a 51-26 lead at the half, shooting 60.6% from the floor (20-of-33). Bowie State shot 35.0% from the field (7-of-20) and committed 14 first period turnovers. Free throws were Bowie State’s main weapon in the first 20 minutes with the Bulldogs hitting 10-of-13 (76.9%).

The Colonials began the second half with a 15-4 run to open a very comfortable 66-30 cushion. George Washington’s largest lead of the night (84-43) came at the 5:41 left to play following a three-pointer by Bryan Bynes. Bynes came off the bench and hit 3-of-3 field goals to go along with four rebounds.

Points in the paint and points off turnovers were big for George Washington as the Colonials recorded 46 and 33 respectively.

Bowie State committed 31 turnovers overall and ended the night with a shooting percentage of 40.8. The Bulldogs did shoot free throws pretty well, converting 21-of-26 (80.8%). Bowie State won the battle on the glass, outrebounding George Washington 32-31.

Lasan Kromah paced George Washington with 23 points to go along with six assists. Tony Taylor and Aaron Ware added 12 points each for the Colonials. Taylor dished out a game-high nine assists. Other top scorers for the Colonials include John Kopriva and David Pellom with nine points apiece.

Brooks concluded his post game press conference saying, "I know we're going to be a better team come Friday ... taking care of the basketball and knowing what we're doing ... I'm excited about starting the regular season ... Tonight was a tough game but we've got to move on and get ready for the next one."

The Bulldogs officially tip-off the 2011-2012 season Friday, November 11th versus West Virginia State University at 6 pm on opening day of the Clarion Hotel Classic hosted by Shepherd University.

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