The Bowie State men’s basketball team made the best of its weekend with a surprise victory over one of the best teams in the country. Heading into Nov. 20, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks were ranked No. 2 in the entire Division II conference of the NCAA, but that didn’t help them stop the BSU Bulldogs from claiming a 71- 68 home victory.
The Bulldogs may have won by only three points, but the game wasn’t as close as the score suggests. BSU led by as many as 14 points late in the second half, and kept the Crimson Hawks away from any chance of wining the game.
Darryl Webb led Indiana with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, while teammate Ashton Smith followed with 17 points. The Crimson Hawks also out-rebounded BSU, 45-28, but it wasn’t enough to match the overall balanced attack from the Bulldogs.
Five BSU players scored double-digits in points, including senior Eric Vann who led his squad with 14 points.
Sophomore Bryan Wilson followed with 12 points, while also contributing a game-high five assists. Though Bowie State only recorded 28 rebounds, seven of them were snatched by junior Ali Djim, who also added 10 points and two blocks.
Bowie State shot 48.3 percent from the field (28-of-58) as a team, and turned the ball over only 11 times the whole game.
BSU now sits at 2-0 on the season and will prepare for a weekend matchup against Johnson C. Smith during the Fresh Coast Classic.