BOWIE, Md.– Five seniors played their final home game in a Bulldogs uniform and came away on the positive side of the scoreboard, defeating the Chowan University Hawks of Murfreesboro, NC, 60-53. With the win, the Bowie State University Bulldogs record improves to 10-13 overall, 6-8 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and 3-5 in the North.

“I really happy for my seniors and really proud of this team for sending them out the right way”, said head coach Darrell Brooks.

Chowan sophomore guard Kyree Bethel started the game off with a three-pointer for the Hawks. A 13-4 run by the Bulldogs gave Bowie Sate a 13-7 lead at the 14:49 mark in the first half.

Bowie State held onto the lead until another three-pointer from Bethel gave the Hawks a 20-19 lead with 6:36 remaining in the half. The Bulldogs regained the lead 45 seconds before halftime after a dunk from senior forward Brandon Doughty gave Bowie State a 27-26 advantage. Chowan was unable to answer back and trailed 29-26 heading into halftime.

The Bulldogs pressure defense held the Hawks to 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) field goal shooting in the first half. Five of Chowan’s eight first-period field goals came behind the three-point line with all the triples coming from Bethel.

Bowie State made 10-of-24 first-half field goals (41.7 percent) and was led by Scott’s seven points.

The Bulldogs led by as much as 11 points (47-36) at the 13:50 mark of the second half only to see the Chowan Hawks cut the lead to 53-52 with 6:10 left to play in the game. Bowie State countered with a 10-4 run to give the Bulldogs some breathing room at 63-56.

“The key point and time for us tonight was midway through the second half through the end of the game where we really did a good job defending the 3-point line,” said Brooks.

Senior forward Byron Westmorland, of Baltimore, Md., led the Bulldogs with 15 points (all 3-pointers) to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Senior forward Najee White , of Jamaica Queens, N.Y., and junior guard Ray Gatling, of Oxon Hill, Md., added 11 points each and contributed three assists apiece. Doughty of Upper Marlboro, Md. chipped in nine points on three-of-four shooting and added two rebounds, two blocks and one steal. BSU’s other two seniors, forward Dameatric Scott of Hagerstown, Md. and guard Bryan Wilson of Upper Marlboro, Md., recorded eight and seven points respectively.

Chowan’s Bethel led all scorers in the contest with 24 points–seven of them three pointers– and senior forward Quinton McDuffie added 15 points before fouling out of the game. The loss keeps Chowan winless in the CIAA 0-14 (0-8 North) and sets their season record at 6-17.

Bowie State hits the road for the final two regular season games, making stops at Virginia State on Feb. 20 at 7:30 pm and Elizabeth City State to play on national television on Saturday Feb. 23 at 4 pm.


Greg Goings

Special to the AFRO