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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bowie State Bulldogs Stumble at Home and Lose 70-66 to Fayetteville State

Bowie State Bulldogs Stumble at Home and Lose 70-66 to Fayetteville State


BOWIE, Md. - The Bowie State University men's basketball team let one slip away as the Broncos of Fayetteville State squeeze out a 70-66 win over the Bulldogs on Monday evening.  The loss moves the Bulldogs to 7-10 on the season and 1-5 in league play.  The Broncos improve to 11-5 overall and 4-2 in the CIAA after the win.

Junior Zafir Williams (Philadelphia, Pa.) and graduate student Brian Freeman (Clinton, Md.) scored 13 and 12 points respectively in the loss.  Senior Ray Gatling (Oxon Hill, Md.) and sophomore Andre Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.) followed with 10 points each. Senior David Golladay (Upper Marlboro, Md.) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, tying his career-best and added six points and two blocks. 

The Broncos had three players score double-digit points to contribute to the victory.  Tyrell Tate (Raleigh, N.C.) led the way with 19 points followed by Travis Marcus (Washington, D.C.) and Torian Showers (Dublin, Ga.) who accounted for 17 and 15 points respectively.  Tate and Showers toed for team-high rebounds with seven apiece.

“We simply didn’t get it done defensively and on the glass in the second half” said Bowie State head coach Darrell Brooks. “I was extremely disappointed in our transition defense … Our number one key to the game … And it still boiled down to free throws and getting a couple of stops.”

Fayetteville State maintained a narrow lead for the majority of the first half of play that featured five ties and five lead changes. Bowie State led by one point three times in the first 20 minutes and managed to take a slim 30-26 lead into the break.

Neither team shot the ball very well over the course of the first half. Fayetteville State made just 9-of 32 field goals (28.1 percent) and Bowie State was slightly better at 37.9 percent on 11-of-29 shooting. The two teams combined for 2-of-18 behind the arc in the first half.

The Broncos opened the second half with an 11-6 run to trim the halftime deficit to 38-37 at the 15:29 mark on a Showers layup.

BSU’s Freeman gave the Bulldogs a three point lead 30 seconds later only to have Fayetteville State’s Marcus tie the game at 40 with a 3-pointer.

Fayetteville State kept the Bulldogs at bay until a Golladay jumper shifted the advantage over to BSU at 53-52 with 6:40 remaining in the game.

The lead would change hands four more times over the next five minutes until a Tate 3-point play put Fayetteville State back on top to stay at 67-66 with 1:39 left on the clock.

Bowie State’s last field goal was a jumper by Zafir Williams and the last Bulldogs points of the night came via a pair of free throws by Jackson with2:01 left in the game.

The Bulldogs will really have to work out the kinks as divisional play begins on Saturday (January 18th) as Bowie State travels to Lincoln to face the second place Lions. Game time is 4 pm in Manuel Rivero Gymnasium.

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