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Sunday, January 27, 2013


MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Bowie State University (8-10, 4-5 CIAA, 1-2 North) had a battle on their hands all afternoon, but pulled through in overtime to defeat Chowan 78-71. The victory was the first CIAA Division win of the season for the Bulldogs and marked the 10th straight loss for Chowan University.

BSU’s Bulldogs were led by junior Ray Gatling (Oxon Hill, Md.) with 16 points, while seniors Dameatric Scott (Hagerstown, Md.) and Bryan Wilson (Upper Marlboro, Md.) along with junior Carlos Smith (Baltimore, Md.) scored 14 points apiece. 

Quinton McDuffie (San Diego, Calif.) and Ashante Ross (Las Vegas, Nev.) each tallied 16 points in the loss. Ross hauled in 13 rebounds to earn his second consecutive double-double.  Kortez Smith (Waldorf, Md.) notched 15 points, and Kyree Bethel (Fayetteville, N.C.) added 10 for the Hawks.
The Hawks maintained the lead through the majority of the first half.  Gatling's lay-up for Bowie State put the Bulldogs ahead 14-12 at the 6:57 mark.  From there, the Bulldogs grabbed the momentum and closed out the first half with a 30-23 advantage over the Hawks.

Chowan (5-12, 0-9 CIAA, 0-3 North) fought back early in the second half to regain the lead and were in front 40-35 at the 13:45 mark.  Both teams traded baskets until Ross' made free throw put the Hawks ahead 65-61 with just 14 seconds left on the clock.

The Bulldogs answered back with a lay-up from Smith to bring the Bulldogs within two.  After being fouled on the next play, Ross knocked down 1-of-2 free throws for the Hawks to make the score 66-63 with seven seconds remaining.  Bowie State would not give in as Gatling sank a critical three pointer with two seconds left to send the game into overtime.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 72-66 lead early in overtime.  The Hawks pulled within three points after a Rickey Lamb (Jacksonville, Fla.) lay-up made the score 74-71 with 22 seconds left to play.  It was the Bulldogs that prevailed, holding on to the lead to clinch a key divisional victory. 

Bowie State made 3-of-4 overtime field goals (75 percent) compared to 1-of-7 for Chowan (14.3 percent) in the extra period.

The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday (January 30th), playing host to Virginia State University at 7:30 pm in BSU’s A.C. Jordan Arena. 

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