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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bowie State Cruises to 95-82 Chick-fil-A ClassiC Win over Virginia Lynchburg

Bowie State Cruises to 95-82 Chick-fil-A Classic Win over Virginia Lynchburg

ETTRICK, Va. – Seniors Cameron Knox (Baltimore, Md.) and Carlos Smith (Baltimore, Md.) scored 18 points each to lead five Bowie State players in the Bulldogs 95-82 win over Virginia Lynchburg. The win evens the BSU record at 4-4 while the Dragons drop to 4-8.

BSU’s Bulldogs trailed 2-0 before going on a 20-8 run to take complete control of the game. The Bowie State lead grew to a first half high of 26 points at 55-31 and took a 57-33 advantage into halftime.

The Bulldogs knocked down 24-of-43 first half field goals (58.1 percent) and the Bowie State defense held Virginia Lynchburg to just 11-of-28 field goals (39.3 percent). Bowie State hit 5-of-13 first period 3-pointers and made 2-of-4 free throws. Senior Ray Gatling (Oxon Hill, Md.) scored 14 of his total 16 points in the first half for the Bulldogs.

The Dragons had no success from long range, missing all five of their first half 3-pointers but converted 11-of-15 free throws. Chris Calvin scored 13 points for Virginia Lynchburg on 5-of-7 shooting.

Virginia Lynchburg improved their field goal shooting in the second half, making 17-of-30 from the field (56.7 percent) and out-rebounded Bowie State 26-14 over the final 20 minutes.

Bowie State’s largest lead of the afternoon (75-58) came with 10:39 left in the contest on a jumper by junior Zafir Williams (Philadelphia, Pa.). Williams handed out a game-high six assists for the fifth straight game to go along with 15 points and four rebounds.

Bulldogs junior Justin Beck (Baltimore, Md.) contributed a career-high 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and added three assists, two steals and one assist. Knox grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for Bowie State and shared the ball well, handing our four assists to tie Gatling for second best on the team.

Bowie State ended the day shooting 51.9 percent from the floor (40-of-77), which included 7-of-22 beyond the arc and struggled again from the free throw, making a season low 8-of-17 (47.1 percent).

The Dragons were led in scoring by 30 from Calvin with 12 of those points coming via the charity stripe. Dennis Gravely and Irving Cato joined Calvin in double figure scoring, recording 14 and 12 respectively.  Cato was the games’ top rebounder with 10 caroms.

Bowie State will take on Bluefield College at 4:30 pm Saturday (11/30) to end their participation in the Chick-fil-A Classic. Bluefield dropped 77-65 decision to host Virginia State in the nightcap.
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