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Friday, November 22, 2013

BSU Squeaks By Holy Family

Gatling Layup Lifts Bowie State to 70-69 Come From Behind Victory at Holy Family


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Bowie State University men’s basketball got back on the winning track on Thursday night, defeating Holy Family University by a score of 70-69. Senior Ray Gatling (Oxon Hill, Md.) scored the game-winning basket with 4.7 seconds left on the Campus Center clock.

Senior David Golladay (Upper Marlboro, Md.) scored a career-high 13 points, all in the second half, on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with a career-high five rebounds. Fellow senior Carlos Smith (Baltimore, Md.) chipped in ten points and a game-high 14 rebounds, his second consecutive double-double of the season.

Holy Family is now 3-3 overall, while Bowie State improves to 2-3 overall with the victory.

Albert Munoz paced the host Tigers with a game-high 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Derrick Stewart recorded a double-double of 12 points and ten rebounds and added a pair of blocks. Ervin Ezell and Isaiah Gans contributed 11 points apiece.

The Tigers opened the game with a 5-0 run and held a lead until the 4:08 mark of the first half on a jumper by senior Donald Williams (Hyattsville, Md.), giving BSU their first lead at 19-18. Holy Family took the lead right back on their next trip down the floor and used a 9-4 run to close the first half with a 27-22 advantage. 

Holy Family led 69-68 after a pair of free throws by Golladay pulled Bowie State to within one point of the Tigers' lead with 22 seconds left in regulation.  On the ensuing possession, the Bulldogs forced a key turnover in the Holy Family end of the court giving the visiting team a chance to take the lead with 14 seconds left on the clock.

Bowie State quickly ran down the court and called a timeout with 11 seconds showing.   Out of the timeout, Gatling drove through the lane scoring a layup between Holy Family defenders to give the Bulldogs a 70-69 lead with 4.7 seconds left.

On the inbounds play Holy Family got up the court quickly as Munoz was able to get a last second three-point attempt off before time expired.  However, the shot bounced off the rim as the Tigers last second attempt came up short.

In a game that saw only three different lead changes, the Tigers led majority of the way and by as many as eight points on two separate occasions in the second half.  The later coming with 3:15 remaining in regulation after Munoz drained a three-pointer to make the score 62-54.  The three by Munoz capped an 8-0 run after the game was tied for the first and only time at 54-54.

Both teams struggled from the field in the first half with Bowie State shooting 30.8 percent (8-of26) and Holy Family at 28.9 percent (11-of-38).  However, in the second half the Tigers came out firing shooting 55.6 percent from the floor on 15-of-27 shooting. The difference in the game was at the free throw line as the Bulldogs finished 19-of-22 (86.4 percent) where as Holy Family only converted 12-of-24 from the line.

The Bulldogs return home on Saturday (11/23) to host the Clippers of Concordia (N.Y.) College at 4 pm in BSU’s Leonidas S. James Complex (A.C. Jordan Arena). This game has been designated as BSU Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. All staff that presents their BSU ID card will be admitted free of charge.

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