Bowie State University (BSU) sophomore guards Bria Robinson and Channell Mackey combined for 30 points, but Queens College senior guard Bria Jackson’s 49 points—including a buzzer-beater to force overtime—led the Knights to a 72-71 come from behind, double-overtime victory Dec. 29 in Queens, N.Y.

Queens was outmanned from the start with only eight players in uniform, and fell behind early as Bowie State jumped to 13-2 lead over the first eight minutes of the game. Bowie State pushed the lead to 16 points when senior guard Cortney Baynard hit a pair of free throws at the 3:32 mark of the first half to make the score 33-17. Bowie State led at the half, 35-25.

The Knights began to chip away at the deficit early in the second half, as Jackson scored Queens’ first four points of the period to narrow the BSU lead to 36-29. Queens got as close at two points, at 36-34, when sophomore guard Marie Byrnes notched the first of two foul shots at 15:05. From there, Bowie State (3-5) built its lead back up to eight points when Robinson netted one of her team-best 17 points, to make the score 51-43 with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.

Queens (4-5) used a 12-4 run over the final five minutes to force overtime with Jackson scoring all 12 of her team’s points. Her biggest shot was a three-point field goal as time expired to tie the score at 55 to force overtime.

The closing seconds of the first overtime saw the Lady Bulldogs take a one-point lead as senior guard Jasmine Jacobs sliced through the paint for a layup. The Knights responded by getting the ball to senior guard Lisanne Comeau, who was fouled and made one of two free throws with four seconds remaining to force a second overtime.

Mackey, who finished with 13 points, gave Bowie State a little breathing room at 67-64 with 3:24 left. A layup by freshman guard Joya McFarland on the subsequent Queens possession pulled the Knights back within a point at 67-66. BSU’s Mackey responded with a pair of free throws to give Bowie a 69-66 lead. However, Jackson closed out the game with a pair of buckets and two foul shots to ensure the one point win for the Knights.

Bowie State shot 24-of-59 from the floor (41 percent) compared to 22-of-75 from the floor (29 percent) for Queens. The Lady Bulldogs shot a blistering 63.2 percent in the first half (12-of-19) and were led in the first 20 minutes by junior guard Brooke Miles with nine points (12 overall). The Knights out-rebounded the Lady Bulldogs 54-41 and forced BSU into 21 turnovers.

Bowie State will return home to open conference play on Jan. 3, hosting Livingstone College at 5:30 p.m. in BSU’s A.C. Jordan Arena.

Greg Goings

Special to the AFRO