Bowie State University senior guard Ray Gatling scored a game-high 18 points, including two game-winning free throws, as the Bowie State University Bulldogs edged past the Shaw University Bears, 60-59, in a Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) contest on Jan. 11 in Bowie, Md.

The win ended a dreadful five-game losing slump for Bowie State that extended back to Dec. 16.

Shaw got off to a hot start, making 54.7 percent of their shots in the first half en route to a 37-33 halftime lead, according to BSU Sports Information. However, Shaw eventually cooled off in the second half, making barely 32 percent of their shots. That gave Bowie State an opening to retake the lead late in the game with a pair of clutch free throws by Gatling.

Gatling led two other Bowie State players who scored double digits in points. Senior forward Carlos Smith scored 15 points and senior guard David Golladay added 11 points for the Bulldogs. Senior guard Derek Hunter led Shaw with 17 points.

Bowie State improved to a 7-9 record and will face CIAA opponent Fayetteville State on Jan. 13 in Bowie, Md.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor