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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Bowie State Trumps Cheyney Wolves 87-73 to Earn First Win

CHEYNEY, Pa. – Bowie State University (1-2) picked up its first win of the season with an 87-73 victory at Cheyney University (0-1) on Wednesday night.

“I feel we did a pretty good job with our defensive pressure, especially at the start of the second half” said Bulldogs head coach Darrell Brooks. “I was not satisfied with our focus, losing the big lead and we have to do a better job maintaining focus for the full 40 minutes as a team … If we do that, I think will continue to get better as a team.”

The Bulldogs were led by junior Cameron Knox (Baltimore, Md.) with career-highs of 23 points and nine rebounds and added three assists and two steals. Senior Ray Gatling (Oxon Hill, Md.) registered 18 points before fouling out and junior Zafir Williams (Philadelphia, Pa.) added 11 points and five assists in his first game of the season. Sophomore Brian Freeman contributed a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cheyney Wolves were led by Deshawn Curtis (Augusta, Ga.) with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Calvin Brown (Trevose, Pa.) also accounted for a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Two other Wolves scored in double figures as Jerrod Johnson (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Darius Collins (Chester, Pa.) added 19 and 11 points respectively.

Cheyney jumped out to a 15-9 lead. Collins hit three three-pointers to open the scoring and Curtis netted the next six points for the Wolves. The Bulldogs battled back to tie the game at 16 on back-back field goals by Freeman and Williams. With the score tied at 27, the Bulldogs went on a 14-5 run over the final 4:15 of the first half.

Bowie State held a 41-32 advantage at halftime with Gatling pacing the Bulldogs with 13 points at the break. The Bulldogs shot 48 percent (13-27) from the field in the first half but struggled at the free throw line (12-20). 

Bowie scored the first seven points of the second half and the lead ballooned to as many as 28 before the Wolves were able to regain some composure. With11:32 remaining and the Bulldogs nursing a lead, Cheyney went on a 24-7 run to cut the deficit to 11 with just over four minutes to play. However, the Wolves would not get any closer.

Next up, the Bulldogs will host Georgia Regents University Augusta on Saturday (11/16) afternoon in their home opener at 4 pm in the A.C. Jordan Arena.

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