CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Senior forward Branden Doughty’s (Upper Marlboro, Md.) clutch offensive rebound and slam dunk with 23 seconds left helped the Bowie State University Bulldogs hang on to knock off the Lincoln University (Pa.) Lions 67-60 in the quarterfinals of the CIAA Tournament on Feb. 28 at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Bulldogs, the fourth seed from the North, advance to the semifinals of the CIAA Tournament where they will battle Winston-Salem State, the No. 2 seed in the South. That game will be played at 9 pm March 1

With the Bulldogs up 59-58, Bowie State’s senior guard Bryan Wilson headed to the free throw line, where he sank just 1-of-2. Wilson missed the second one, which fell into the arms of Doughty. After some ball movement, the ball came back to Doughty, who jammed it to make the score 62-58, which all but put the game out of reach for the Lions.

“Tonight’s game was a war with those guys, just like it was in the other two games,” said fourth-year Bowie State head coach Darrell Brooks. “Anyone could have won the game and I’m proud of my guys for showing the physical toughness in key parts of that game down the stretch. That’s what it takes to win games like these.”

Bowie State was paced by senior forward Bryon Westmorland (Baltimore, Md.) with 18 points. Wilson (Upper Marlboro, Md.) finished with 13 points while junior guard Ray Gatling (Oxon Hill, Md.) and senior forward Dameatric Scott (Hagerstown, Md.) each had 11 points.

Lincoln, the No. 1 seed from the North, ends its season with 17-10 overall record. The Lions were led by Justin Jackson with 18 points. Derrick Washington added 17 points while George Jackson chimed in with 13 in the loss.


Greg Goings

Special to the AFRO