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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bowie State Men's and Women's Basketball Post Game Story


BOWIE, Md. - The Bowie State University men's basketball team appeared a bit out of sync and 23rdranked Winston-Salem state took advantage as the Bulldogs dropped a 77-72 cross-division decision to the Rams in CIAA action on Monday night at A.C. Jordan Arena.

Bowie State senior Byron Westmorland (Baltimore, Md.) led the Bulldogs with 22 points to go along with eight rebounds before fouling out late. Junior Ray Gatling (Oxon Hill, Md.) took advantage of his first start of the season, scoring 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Senior Najee White (Jamaica Queens, N.Y.) contributed 16 points, eight rebound, two blocks and two steals and fellow senior Dameatric Scott (Hagerstown, Md.) tallied eight points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

Bowie State (5-7 overall, 1-2 CIAA) shot 14-of-28 (50.0 percent) from the field in the first half but played from behind the majority of the first 20 minutes. The lead changed hands seven times in the first half before a layup by Joseph Thompson (Lillington, N.C.) at the 8:28 mark shifted the lead over to Winston-Salem State.

The Rams pushed the lead to seven points (35-28) with three minutes left in the first half, only to have the Bulldogs close to within two (35-33) 24 seconds later. Winston-Salem State responded with a 7-0 run to enter halftime with a 42-35 lead.

WSSU didn’t shoot bad from the field in the first stanza, hitting 16-of-39 from the field and were led by Justin Glover (Siler City, N.C.) with 14 points. Of the Rams’ first half points, 22 were in the paint and 16 came off 13 Bulldogs’ turnovers.

The Bulldogs narrowed the deficit to 50-49 by the 14:36 mark of the second half on a traditional three-point play by Gatling. A pair of free throws by Bowie State senior Bryan Wilson (Upper Marlboro, Md.) shifted the advantage over to the Bulldogs and the duo of White and Scott pushed the lead to 58-50 with 10:29 remaining in the game.

Unfortunately, the turnover bug bit the Bulldogs again and the Rams seized the opportunity. “We went up eight with about eight minutes left and were doing a terrific job, limiting them to one offensive rebound in the second half and then committed turnovers at a crucial time against a good team”, said Brooks.

Winston-Salem State (10-2 / 3-0 CIAA) went on an 11-2 run, capped off by a pair of free throws by Glover, putting the defending CIAA Champions back in front 61-60.

A Gatling jumper created another lead change on the next Bulldogs possession, but a deep 3-pointer by WSSU’s Wakefield Ellison (Ashville, N.C.) was the games’ final lead change at 64-62 Rams, with 5:06 left to play.
 “Winston-Salem played with a lot more poise down the stretch and as the saying goes in order to be the champion you must be the champion”, stated Bulldogs head coach Darrell Brooks.

Glover paced the Rams with a game-high 31 points, which included 9-of-14 from the charity stripe. WyKevin Bazemore (Kelford, N.C.) made 9-of-16 free throws (15 total points) and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Thompson scored in double figures as well, contributing 10 points in just 14 minutes.

Brooks wrapped up his post-game comments by saying, “We’re nowhere near being the team I think we’re going to become … We’re an athletic team, we’re quick, but we have to pay attention to details which we’re getting better at and take better care of the basketball”.

Bowie State will travel south for its next three games, beginning Thursday (January 10th) at Saint Augustine’s University. Following the 7:30 pm contest against the Falcons, the Bulldogs make a stop at Shaw University on Saturday (January 12th) for a 4 pm battle with the Bears. The Bulldogs will conclude the southern swing on Monday (January 14th) at Fayetteville State University with tip time set for 7:30 pm.


BOWIE, Md. - The third contest of a three-game home stand started slow for the Bowie State University women’s basketball team and ended the same as the Lady Bulldogs fell to Winston-Salem State, 66-41, Monday evening at the A.C. Jordan Arena.

The Lady Rams scored the first seven points of the game and never looked back as they improved to 7-6 overall and 2-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs fell to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the CIAA.

The Lady Rams’ defense stifled the Lady Bulldogs’ offense, as no Bowie State player scored in double figures.

Junior guard Alessandra Flores Conway (Hagerstown, Md.) led all Lady Bulldogs’ scorers with eight points. Senior guard Jasmine Jacobs (Baltimore, Md.) score seven points and had a team-high six rebounds. Sophomore guard/forward Bria Robinson (Richmond, Va.) chipped in seven points.

On the other end, the Lady Rams had four players score in double figures as junior guard Taylar Wells (Stafford, Va.) led the way with 14 points and four rebounds. Lady Rams’ Schatavia Gray (Atlanta, Ga.) had a solid effort with 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds. WSSU sophomore Jovonah Graham (Fayetteville, N.C.) had 12 points along with six rebounds and junior guard Tereka Cesar (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had 11 points and five rebounds. Junior guard Keyrra Gillespie (Statesville, N.C.) had a game-high seven assists along with seven points for the Lady Rams.

Barely six minutes into the game, the Lady Bulldogs trailed, 13-2, but would cut the lead to 16-10 at the 8:16 mark of the first half after a three-point field goal by Flores Conway.
That would be the closest the Lady Bulldogs would get for the remainder of the game.
With just under a minute remaining in the contest, the Lady Rams led by 28 as the Lady Bulldogs’ second-leading scorer Brooke Miles (Upper Marlboro, Md.) was held to just five points while third-leading scorer Jasmine McIntosh (Bowie, Md.) was contained to just two points.

“We didn’t execute at all … They (WSSU) came to play and we didn’t right out of the gate”, said second year head coach Renard Smith. “Not making excuses, we only brought back four players from last season and only two of them were starters … We have a really young team.”

The Lady Bulldogs will hit the road for the next three conference games, making a Thursday (January 10th) stop at St. Augustine’s University.

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