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Saturday, November 15, 2014

BSU Men and Women Open Season With Wins

Wilson Leads Bowie State with 20 Points in Bulldogs 76-64 Season Opening Win Against Millersville



LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – The Bowie State University Bulldogs erased an early deficit and went on to defeat the Millersville Marauders 76-64 in the opening contest of the Lincoln University (CIAA-PSAC) Challenge.

“This game was very important to us and I told our guys we wanted to get off to good start”, said Bulldogs Head Coach Darrell Brooks. “We played some good basketball at times but turned the ball over (21 times) way too much, but I’m really pleased overall and thought we played hard.”

Bowie State (1-0) was led by freshman Ahmaad Wilson (Baltimore, Md.) with a team-high 20 points off the Bulldogs bench. Seniors Cameron Knox (Baltimore, Md.) and Zafir Williams (Philadelphia, Pa.) tallied 18 and 10 points respectively. Junior Andre Jackson (Baltimore, Md.) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for the Bulldogs and freshman Dayshawn Wells (Baltimore, Md.) dished out a game-high five assists in the win.

Eddie Callender (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the Millersville Marauders was with 22 points to go along with eight rebounds and seven steals. Shawn Williams (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Kelvin Parker (York, Pa.) contributed 15 and 12 points respectively.  

Millersville (0-1) jumped out to a 9-6 lead over the CIAA Northern Division preseason favorite on a Tommy Peterson (Baltimore, Md.) 3-pointer. Bowie State, however, reeled off an 18-2 run over the next seven-plus minutes to put the Marauders behind 24-11 with 8:25 left in the half. Millersville never recovered after that.
The Marauders trailed by as many as 17 in the first period but whittled the deficit to eight before Bowie State scored the final four points of the half. The Bulldogs shot a blistering 62 percent from the field in the first half and 51.9 percent for the game. Millersville countered with 36 percent shooting including 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) from deep.
Williams opened the second half with a triple for Millersville, making the score 44-35, but that was as close as the Marauders would get the rest of the way.

When asked about playing East Stroudsburg, a 92-72 winner over Lincoln in the nightcap, Brooks said, “We have to be prepared for pressure … They pressure the basketball for 40 minutes and our guards a going to have to be tough with the ball, be smart, attack when we have it and run our offense when we don’t attack … Their a relentless team defensively and we have to be prepared for that.”
The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday (November 15th) versus PSAC powerhouse East Stroudsburg University. Tip-off is set for 4 pmin The Lincoln University’s Manuel Rivero Hall.


Lady Bulldogs Basketball Opens Season with 69-60 Victory over Lock Haven



SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – Bowie State University women’s basketball got their season started on a positive note, defeating Lock Haven University 69-60 in the opening game of the Wolf’s Bus Lines Classic.

Lady Bulldogs junior Ty-Nita Baker (Houston, Miss.) scored a game-high 22 points and added eight rebounds to lead Bowie State. Senior Donia Naylor (Washington, D.C.) picked up where she left off last season, recording a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds and junior Sheldeen Joseph (Belair St. Vincent and the Grenadines) contributed 10 points.

Rachael McDaniel paced Lock Haven with a team-high 14 points to go along with seven rebounds. Emily Daugherty and Sami Lane scored in double figures for the Lady Eagles, tallying 11 and 10 points respectively. Marrysa Moyer grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with seven points.

Both team struggled at the charity stripe as Lock Haven went 19-for-32 (59.4 percent) compared to 20-for-34 (58.8 percent) for Bowie State.

 "We really struggled with free throws in this game. But down the stretch from about the four-minute mark on, we made them count. The kids fought, and fought, and fought. Their ability to sink those free-throws down the stretch really made the difference and it counted and I'm excited about the win", said Bowie State Head Coach Renard Smith.

A competitive first half saw eight ties and eight different lead changes, resulting in an even, 31-31 score after 20 minutes of play.
The second half mirrored the first, as the two teams battled back-and-forth with neither able to gain a substantial advantage.

Bowie State rallied late, however.  With the game tied, 55-55 with 2:59 to play, the Bulldogs went on a, 14-5 run to secure the win.

The Lady Bulldogs play host Shippensburg at 6 pm Saturday (November 15th) to close out Bowie State’s participation in the Wolf’s Bus Lines Classic. Shippensburg dropped their season opener, falling 73-67 to Johnson C. Smith University.

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