Junior forward Phoenix Butler-Poole posted a game-high double-double of 26 points with 13 rebounds to lead Chowan College to a 65-62 upset win over the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) North division leading Bowie State Bulldogs on Feb. 15 in Murfreesboro, N.C.

Bowie State (12-12 overall, 5-2 CIAA) was hoping to make light work of Chowan (11-12 overall, 3-4 CIAA), who ranked only fourth in the CIAA North standings. Instead, it was Chowan who controlled the lead for a majority of the game before holding off the Bulldogs for the tight win. Chowan led by as many as 10 points in the second half but Bowie State managed to tie the score with only 5 minutes left in the game, according to BSU Sports Information. Chowan, however, made clutch shots down the final stretch of the half to secure the victory.

Bowie State senior guard Ray Gatling led his team with 22 points in the loss; sophomore forward Andre Jackson followed up with 10 points.

Chowan’s sophomore guard Kortez Smith scored 14 points and senior forward Ashante Ross added 12.

Bowie State will next take on another CIAA opponent, Virginia Union, on Feb. 17 in Bowie, Md.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor