It has not been a pleasant 2017 so far for the Bowie State Bulldogs men’s basketball team. The Bulldogs lost a home game to Lincoln University, 67-62, on Jan. 14 in Bowie, Md. It marked the third loss in the four games Bowie State has played thus far in the new year.

The Bulldogs now carry a 7-10 overall record, 4-3 against the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA).

The Bulldogs started off the new year on a tour of North Carolina, facing St. Augustine on Jan. 5, Fayetteville State University (FSU) on Jan. 9 and Shaw College on Jan. 11. Bowie State beat Shaw, but fell to both St. Augustine and Fayetteville State.

Junior guard Ahmaad Wilson led Bowie State in scoring in both losses, including a career-high 28-point performance against FSU. Wilson also had a team-high 19 points against Lincoln, Jan. 14. But the Bulldogs still lost those games because they couldn’t come up with key stops on defense down the stretch.

Lincoln grabbed 17 offensive rebounds against Bowie State, extending offensive possession with second-chance scoring opportunities. The Bulldogs also couldn’t keep Lincoln from the free-throw line, where they haunted Bowie State with easy points late in the game.

It’s the same way they lost to Fayetteville State and St. Augustine.

Bowie State will attempt to shake its losing funk on Jan. 18 when it faces Virginia Union University (VUU) in Bowie. It won’t be an easy feat as VUU leads the CIAA with a 13-4 overall record, 5-0 against the CIAA. The Bulldogs then take on Chowan University (10-3, 4-1 CIAA) on Jan. 21 in Murfreesboro, N.C.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor