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Sunday, November 3, 2013

George Washington Beats Bowie State 85-68 in Bulldogs' Final Exhibition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bowie State University seniors Carlos Smith (Baltimore, Md.) and Ray Gatling (Oxon Hill, Md.) led the Bulldogs with 15 and 13 points respectively, but George Washington University tasted victory with an 85-68 exhibition victory at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday afternoon.

Nemanja Mikic, Maurice Creek and Isaiah Armwood combined for 42 points to lead a balanced offense. Mikic led all players with 19 points and five 3-pointers, while Creek and Armwood both posted double-doubles. Creek finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, and Armwood stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks.

George Washington trailed by four early against a Bowie State team that is picked to win the CIAA Northern Division and visited Duke for an exhibition last week, but quickly took the lead for good with back-to-back threes from Mikic and Armwood during a 10-0 run for a 13-7 advantage 3:38 into the contest.

The Colonials' first-half lead peaked at 13 twice - first at 43-40 on Creek's 15-foot bank shot, then at 49-36 on a Cartagena jumper - before settling at 12 points, 53-41, at intermission. GW shot 50 percent (17-34) and had six players score at least eight points by the break, led by nine from Mikic and Savage, as well as eight points and nine boards by Armwood and eight points and eight rebounds by Creek.

Bowie State shot 36 percent from the floor in the first half (13-36) with Gatling scoring 10 points in the first 20 minutes while senior Julian Williams (Washington, D.C.) added nine first half points.

GW opened the second half with an 8-2 run capped by a pair of Creek free throws for its largest advantage of the game at 61-43 with 17:19 left.

Bowie State utilized relentless pressure - scoring 25 points off 30 George Washington turnovers in the game - and an up-tempo offense to stay within striking distance throughout the second stanza, climbing to within single digits at 66-57 with just over 11 minutes to play.

However, the Colonials allowed just 11 points over the final 11 minutes, while Cartagena and Mikic both hit key triples, and Creek and Armwood each broke loose for fast-break dunks to clinch the 17-point victory.

George Washington dominated the glass with a 54-34 rebounding advantage, and finished 46 percent (27-59) from the field, including 8-of-21 from deep, and 74 percent at the foul line (23-31), while holding BSU to 34 percent shooting (24-70) and 5-of-18 behind the arc (0-7 in the second half).

The Bulldogs begin the regular season on Friday, November 8th against host Fairmont (W.Va.) State in the opening round of the Fighting Falcons Classic. Game time is 3 p.m.

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