The Bowie State University Bulldogs won their fifth straight game and advanced to first place in the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (CIAA) North division after holding on to a 63-60 win against the Lincoln University Lions on Feb. 8 at the A.C. Jordan Arena in Bowie, Md.

Lincoln had a chance to tie the score in the final seconds of the game, but missed a three-point shot.

The score was close throughout the game, and Lincoln led by as many as eight points early in the second half. But the Bulldogs battled back with a scoring run to take the lead and hold on for the win.

Bowie State sophomore forward Andre Jackson scored a game-high 20 points, including 17 points in the second half. Senior guard Ray Gatling followed with 15 points, and senior forward Carlos Smith added 10 points while marking a new career high of five blocks.

Freshman guard/forward Timothy McKenzie scored a double-double of 16 points with 14 rebounds for the Lions.

Lincoln, one of the best teams in the CIAA, suffered just its sixth loss of the season, falling to 15-6 overall but 3-3 in the CIAA North. Bowie State advanced to 12-11 overall, and 5-1 in the CIAA North.

Bowie State will next face Virginia Union (6-15 overall, 3-3 CIAA North) at home on Feb. 12.