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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pressure Defense Make the Difference in Bowie State’s 81-61 Win over Concordia (N.Y.)

BOWIE, Md. – Senior Brian Freeman (Clinton, Md) scored a team-high 13 points to lead four Bowie State players in double-figures to defeat Concordia (N.Y.) 81-61 Saturday afternoon at the A.C. Jordan Arena.

Seniors Carlos Smith (Baltimore, Md.), David Gollalday (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and Ray Gatling (Oxon Hill, Md.) all reached double-digits as the Bulldogs pulled away late in the game to win their second straight game.

The Bulldogs led most of the first half, but the Clippers were able to tie the game three times over the first 20 minutes and actually led by one twice. With the score knotted at 17, Bowie State went on a 19-6 run to push the score to a game-high 13 point lead at 36-23 at the 4:04 mark.

Concordia’s Douglas Souter (Hartford, Conn.) and Norman Pope (Washington, D.C.) scored back-to-back buckets to narrow the gap, but the Bulldogs led at the break 41-33.

Concordia (0-7) did manage to trim the deficit to three points twice in the second half, as Bowie State held the visitors to just 28 points, the second lowest the Bulldogs have allowed an opponent this season.

Bowie State (3-3) forced 21 Concordia turnovers and converted those turnovers into 31 Bulldogs points.

Smith finished the game with 12 points, five rebounds and three blocks, while Golladay and Gatling added 11 points each for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Justin Beck (Baltimore, Md.), freshman Tai Marshall (Atlantic City, N.J.) and Freeman tied for game-high rebound honors with six apiece.

Jamie Holder (Milford, N.H.) led the Clippers with 20 points while Pope added 14. As a team, Concordia shot 35.7 percent from the field for the game, making 20-of-56 and 19-of-24 from the free throw line (79.2 percent).

The Bulldogs made 15 field goals in each half and finished the afternoon going 30-of-64 (46.9 percent) and converted 19-of-29 free throws (65.5 percent). Bowie State held a 46-32 advantage on the glass and the Bulldogs bench outscored Concordia’s bench 29-11.

“Our press wore them down creating 21 turnovers and allowing them only five assists and our bench was tremendous today”, said Bulldogs head coach Darrell Brooks. “We missed too many layups and we really need to do a better job at the free throw line, but getting a 20 point win at home and not playing our best … I’ll take that!”

The Bulldogs travel to West Chester University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Nov. 26 for a 7 pm tip against the Golden Rams.

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