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Saturday, November 24, 2012

BOWIE STATE BULLDOGS SLAY VIRGINIA LYNCHBURG DRAGONS 101-83


BOWIE STATE BULLDOGS SLAY VIRGINIA LYNCHBURG DRAGONS 101-83


PETERSBURG, Va. – Four of five Bowie State starters score in double figures as the Bulldogs pummel Virginia University of Lynchburg 101-83. The win improves the Bulldogs record to 2-4 overall.

The Bulldogs were paced by senior Byron Westmorland with a game-high 28 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists. Senior Najee White put together another solid game, recording a double-double of 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Bowie State controlled the glass, holding a 54-31 advantage, with 21 coming on the offensive end.

Justin Wilson led the Dragons with 24 points and Egor Shakhmetov contributed 17 points. Shakhmetov tied for team-high rebound honors (7) with Dennis Gravely.

The game started slow but the Bulldogs put together a 6-0 run to take a 26-17 advantage following a deep 3-pointer by Westmorland, forcing the Dragons to call a timeout with 10:17 left in the first half. Virginia Lynchburg actually led most of the first seven minutes of the game, holding a 13-7 lead at the 14:49 mark.

A layup by Bowie State senior Bryan Wilson a little over a minute later shifted the advantage over to the Bulldogs for good at 14-13. The Bulldogs put together another run, outscoring the Dragons 12-5 to push the Bowie State lead to double-digits at 28-18.

Bowie State’s lead ballooned to 40-22 at the 5:25 mark following a 3-pointer by junior Carlos Smith. The Bulldogs knocked down 47 percent of their first half field goals (18-of-38), which included 6-of-16 beyond the 3-point line. BSU converted 9-of-10 first period free throws.

Virginia Lynchburg (4-6) cut into the lead slightly by the half, but Bowie State still had a 51-36 cushion at the break. VUL scored at a 37 percent clip from the field in the first 20 minutes (13-of-35).

The Dragons trimmed the deficit to 15 points twice in the second half, but would get no closer.

The Bulldogs will make their first home appearance on the season on Tuesday (November 27), hosting the Wolves of Cheyney University at 7:30 pm in BSU’s A.C. Jordan Arena.

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