BOWIE, Md.–The Bowie State University Bulldogs used a huge second-half run to claim a 84-80 victory in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) contest against Charlotte, North Carolina’s Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) on Jan 5 in Bowie, Md. The victory improves Bowie State to 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the conference. JCSU’s Golden Bulls move to 7-5 overall and 0-2 in the CIAA.

“We did a tremendous job defending in the second half,” said an elated Bowie State head coach Darrell Brooks. “We didn’t press full court as much tonight as we normally do, but we thrive off of turnovers that lead into fast breaks.”

The opening half was close until JCSU grasped an advantage resulting in Bowie State going into the locker room at halftime trailing 51-43. The Bulldogs were outscored 34-18 in the paint for the first half.

Johnson C. Smith stayed on the attack initially in the second half. After a three-point play from junior forward Robert Williams the Golden Bulls held a 64-51 advantage with 13:56 remaining. 

But Bowie State turned the tide from that point with a 19-0 run over the next six minutes to regain the lead for good at 70-64.The Golden Bulls got within two (76-74) with 3:05 left to play, but would not get any closer. Bowie State was able to close out the game from the foul line for the win.

JCSU senior guard Trevin Parks had a team-high 24 points, but he also had nine turnovers. Sophomore forward/center Emilio Parks contributed a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds for JCSU. Williams added 13 points and four assists, while Washington had a contribution of 10 points, four rebounds, and a game-high four blocks.

Senior forward Najee White had a game-high 27 points to lead the Bulldogs; and junior guard and Oxon Hill, Md. resident Ray Gatling had a career-night with 21points. Senior forward Byron Westmorland ended the night with 14 points for Bowie State.

Johnson C. Smith only shot 32 percent (8-of-25) from the field in the second half, including 0-6 from the three point line.

Bowie State closes out its three-game home stand Jan. 7 versus the defending CIAA Champion Winston-Salem State University. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. in the A.C. Jordan Arena.


Greg Goings

Special to the AFRO