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Junior guard Julian Livingston scored a career-best 25 points to help the Bowie State Bulldogs edge out the Elizabeth City State University Vikings, 88-86, on Jan. 31 in Bowie, Md.

The Bulldogs improved to 17-6 overall and 9-2 against the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA), the second-best record in the CIAA behind Virginia State (15-5 overall, 9-2 CIAA).

It was a pure battle between the two teams in a game that featured 15 different lead changes. The Bulldogs couldn’t create a substantial cushion until the final seconds of the game, when junior guard Justin Beck nailed two free throws to give Bowie State a five-point lead with 12 seconds left. Elizabeth City made a three-pointer at the buzzer to set the final score at 88-86.

Most of Livingston’s career-high 25 points came from beyond the arc, as the junior guard made 8-of-9 three-point shots. Senior guard Cameron Knox followed Livingston with 15 points, while senior guard Zafir Williams and Beck each added 11 points for Bowie State. Junior guard Miykael Faulcon led Elizabeth City State with a game-high 29 points.

Next: Bowie State will travel to Lincoln University to take on the Lions (13-8 overall, 7-4 CIAA) on Feb. 7. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.