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Monday, January 30, 2012


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                (LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – January 28, 2012) The Lincoln University men's basketball team rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to force overtime, but the Lions couldn't pull off the upset as No. 19 Bowie State University survived with an 84-76 overtime victory in a CIAA Northern Division contest.

            Bowie State (15-3, 7-2 CIAA, 3-0 North) raced out to a 20-16 advantage after a Travis Hyman dunk with 10:06 remaining, but Lincoln answered and took a 32-31 lead after a Teron Jones jumper with 47 seconds left in the first half. The Bulldogs got a pair of free throws by Jay Gavin with 31 seconds remaining as Bowie State took a slim, 33-32, lead into the break.

            The 19th ranked Bulldogs shot 57 percent from the field (13-of-23) in the first period.  In comparison, the Lions made 13-of-29 first half field goals (45 percent) which included 6-of-9 (67 percent) behind the 3-point line.
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            Lincoln (Pa.) led only twice in the first period, holding a one point advantage (9-8 and 31-30) at the 14:17 and 1:22 marks respectively.  The Bulldogs led by seven (16-9) with 12:24 left in the first half, primarily on the hot long range shooting of junior Byron Westmorland. 

            The Bulldogs followed the lead of the Lady Bulldogs to start the second half, going on a 7-0 run to begin the period.  LUPA’s Derrick Washington stopped the run with a layup at the 17:34 mark.  However, Lincoln would not go away, trimming the deficit to 42-39 a little over a minute later.

            Bowie State pushed the lead back to seven, but Lincoln’s Jai Kellman drained back-to-back 3-pointers that cut the Bulldogs lead back down to four.  A tear drop in the paint by Richard Glover narrowed the gap to 51-49 with 11:22 remaining in the game.

            A Denzel Mooney 3-pointer tied the game at 52 but he was assessed an unsporting technical foul for taunting.  Bowie State’s Westmorland calmly converted the two technical free throws and followed that with a jumper, giving the Bulldogs a 56-52 advantage.

            The Lions took their first lead (58-56) since the first half following a pair of free throws by Kenny Sharpe.  A free throw by senior Darren Clark followed by driving layup by fellow senior Jay Gavin shifted the advantage back to Bowie State at 59-58 with 5:43 left to play.

            Lincoln (8-12, 3-6 CIAA, 1-2 North) had a few chances to win the game in regulation as Washington’s 3-pointer bounced off the front iron with 36 seconds left and his jumper with four seconds remaining hit the back of the rim to end regulation tied at 70.

In overtime, Bowie State out-scored Lincoln 14-6 with Clark, a transfer from Lincoln, scoring eight points in the extra period.

            Clark finished with 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting to lead the Bulldogs.  Westmorland had 20 points and Hyman chipped in with a double-double, 14 points and 16 rebounds. Gavin scored 11 points as Bowie State shot 53 percent (27-of-51) from the floor.

            “At halftime I told Darren (Clark) he had only taken one shot and he wasn’t being aggressive enough … We need him to run our team, but we also need him to score”, said Bulldogs head coach Darrell Brooks.

            Mooney led the Lions with 25 points and tied for team-high rebound honors with eight.  Sharpe added 19 points and matched Mooney’s rebounds with eight.

            “I thought  the biggest difference tonight was us defending pretty well, holding them to 39 percent shooting overall and we out rebounded them by 10 (44-34), allowing us to shoot a bunch of free throws even though we didn’t shoot them very well”, said Brooks.

             Bowie State made 10 more free throws than Lincoln attempted, but made only 26-of-42 free throws (62 percent).  Lincoln converted 11-of-16 free throws (69 percent) with 10-of-11 coming in the second half.

            Bowie State University travels south on Monday (January 28th) for a divisional matchup with the Trojans of Virginia State University.  Game time is 7:30 pm in VSU’s Daniel Gymnasium.
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                (LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – January 28, 2012) Tough defense and second half run made all the difference as Bowie State rolled to a 63-44 divisional win over the Lady Lions of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.  With the victory, the Lady Bulldogs improve their record to 3-13 overall (3-6 CIAA and 2-1 North).  

            The first 20 minutes of the game was nip and tuck but free throws were a problem for both teams.  Bowie State made just 6-of-18 from the charity stripe (33 percent) while Lincoln (Pa.) made 10-of-17 (58 percent).

            It was a slow start for both teams after the opening tip as neither team would score until Lincoln’s Cynthia Johnson hit a jumper at the 17:49 mark.  The lead changed hands six times in the first period and also featured seven ties, including a 32-32 deadlock at halftime.

            Bowie State opened the second half with an 11-0 run until Lincoln’s Brittney Waters drilled a 3-pointer at the 15:45 mark to stop the run.  The Lady Bulldogs defense remained relentless for another four minutes and held a 48-37 advantage midway through the final period.

            The only Lady Lions to score points in the second half were Denyse Moore and Cynthia Johnson.  Moore scored a team-high 16 points (12 in the first half) and led Lincoln (Pa) with three assists and two blocks. Johnson finished with 13 points (five in the second half) and four rebounds.

            Lincoln (5-16, 1-8 CIAA, 1-2 North) shot a horrific 13 percent (4-of-30) from the floor in the second half compared to 44 percent (12-of-27) for Bowie State.  The Lady Bulldogs defense forced 21 Lady Lions’ turnovers and ended the evening with a 40-22 points in the paint advantage.

            Leading the way for the Lady Bulldogs was senior Chanita Jordan with a career-high 20 points to go along with game-highs of nine rebounds and three blocked shots.  Senior Juliette Turner contributed 14 points and eight rebounds.  Sophomore Brooke Miles rounded out Bowie State’s double figure scorers with 10 points.  

            The Lady Bulldogs will conclude a four-game road journey with a 5:30 pm contest at Virginia State University on Monday (January 30th).Call Now: 888-397-3489

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