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Sunday, January 22, 2012

NCAA Basketball: Bowie State Vs. Chowan Mens and Womens Post Game Stories

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                (MURFREESBORO, N.C. – January 21, 2012)  The size of #1 Bowie State University proved too much for Chowan University, as the Bulldogs defeated the Hawks 81-71 in the CIAA divisional opener for both teams.  Bowie State improves to 13-3 overall (5-2 CIAA, 1-0 North) while Chowan falls to 6-13 overall (0-7 CIAA, 0-1 North).

                “Any time you can win a game on the road in this league, it’s a steal”, said Bowie State head coach Darrell Brooks. 

                A 13-2 run midway through the first half gave Bowie State a 22-12 lead, but Chowan answered with a 10-3 run of their own to cut the deficit to three with 5:47 remaining in the half.  Chowan’s Quinton McDuffie drained a jumper at the 3:29 mark to keep the scoring gap at three.  That basket, however, would be the last for the Hawks over the next 9:05; a drought that extended deep into the second half.

                After taking a 35-31 lead into halftime, the Bulldogs opened a 41-31 lead, five minutes into the second period.  Not until the 14:24 mark, when Kyree Bethel connected on a three, did Chowan get on the scoreboard.

                The Bulldogs extended its lead to 15 with 10:16 to play, before Chowan cut it down to eight at 62-54.  Chowan could not maintain that momentum and Bowie State slowed pulled away late in the game.  Bowie State’s largest lead of the afternoon (19 points) came with 3:32 remaining and all the Bulldog starters on the bench.

                Bethel scored a game-high 27 points on 8-13 shooting behind the arc and 3-4 from the free throw line.  McDuffie rounded out Chowan’s double figure scorers with 19 points.

                “I’m really pleased how we’re defending and now we’re starting to rebound the basketball, and if we continue to do those two things well, we become a tougher team to beat”, said Brooks.

                Chowan committed just 11 turnovers compared to 18 for Bowie State.  The Hawks were held to 41 percent shooting from the field (24-59), which included 12-27 (44 percent) behind the arc. 

The Bulldogs shot 28-58 from the floor and 23-of-34 from the free throw line.  Bowie State ruled the backboards, outrebounding Chowan 51-31.

Senior Darren Clark scored a team-high 15 points to go along with seven rebounds and two assists.  Senior Travis Hyman and juniors Bryon Westmorland and Najee White chipped in a dozen points each.  Hyman led both teams in rebounds with 11.

Bowie State returns to action on Monday (January 23rd), taking on the Vikings of Elizabeth City State at 7:30 pm in ECSU’s R.L. Vaughan Center.

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                (MURFREESBORO, N.C. – January 21, 2012)  The Bowie State University Lady Bulldogs used a quick second half burst to defeat Chowan University 70-65.  BSU picked up their second victory of the season and now sit at 2-12 overall (2-5 CIAA, 1-0 North).

            Chowan (7-10, 2-5 CIAA, 0-1 North) took a 10-6 lead following a Ransheda Jennings layup with 13:31 to play in the first half.  A 13-6 Bowie State run shifted the advantage over to the Lady Bulldogs only to have the Hawks fight back to regain the lead (22-21) with 5:51 left in the opening half. 

            The Hawks maintained a slim lead throughout the remainder of the half, but Bowie State junior Cortney Baynard nailed a jumper with just four seconds on the Helms Center clock to give the Lady Bulldogs a 33-32 lead going into intermission.

            Bowie State went on a 12-2 run to open the second half to open a 45-34 lead.  Chowan did respond, eventually taking the lead, 53-51, with 7:34 left in the divisional contest.  Bowie State kept in close the entire second half and regained the lead (62-61) following a layup by senior Chanita Jordan with 1:28 on the clock.

            “Having Chanita (Jordan) back with us and making our free throws made the difference”, said Bowie State first-year head coach Renard Smith.

            The Lady Bulldogs made eight of their final nine free throw attempts down the stretch to seal the road victory.  In total, Bowie State knocked down 23-30 free throws compared to 15-23 for Chowan.

            Talaya Lynch paced the Hawks with 24 points, with six field goals coming beyond the 3-point line.  Lynch also grabbed six rebounds and handed out three assists.  Jennings chipped in 14 points and Summer Curtis pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

            Senior Juliette Turner led the Lady Bulldogs with 19 points.  Junior Jasmine Jacobs scored a personal season-best 15 points and Jordan added 14 points and tied her career-high in rebounds with 13.

            Bowie State out-scored Chowan 22-3 on second chance points, thanks to 14 offensive rebounds and converted 16 Hawks turnovers into 18 points.  Chowan finished the game shooting 43 percent from the field (22-49) with Bowie State hitting 23-62 from the field (37 percent).

            The Lady Bulldogs will take on the Lady Vikings of Elizabeth City State – Monday (January 23rd) at 5:30 pm in the R.L. Vaughan Center.
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