The No. 4 ranked Bowie State Bulldogs improved their overall record to 15-5 after defeating visiting Virginia Union  74-68.
The Bulldogs, winners of three straight and seven of the last eight improve to 7-1 in the league and 2-0 in the CIAA Northern Division.”I simply liked the toughness the guys played with tonight but our depth was tested”, said sixth-year head coach Darrell Brooks. “The difference in the game was our ability to make three’s and VUU’s inability to make 3-pointers.”

Playing without two starters, junior Andre Jackson came off the bench to lead Bowie State in scoring  with 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds . Senior Zafir Williams  contributed 14 points  while junior Justin Beck  tallied dozen points which included a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. Williams was also perfect at the charity stripe, knocking down 5-of-5.

Freshman Ahmaad Wilson  and junior Julian Livingstone, made their first starts of the season and scored 11 and eight points respectively. Freshman Dayshawn Wells chipped in a personal season-best 10 points for the Bulldogs.

Virginia Union (4-14, 0-8 CIAA, 0-3 North) had three players score in double figures with Ray Anderson  leading all scorers with 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor and added six rebounds. Karo Adejekughele  was responsible for 12 points for the Panthers and Colton Lewis scored 11 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

Bowie State shot 42.9 percent from the floor in the first half, hitting 12-of-28 field goals that included 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) beyond the 3-point line. The Bulldogs made 6-of-7 free throws over the first 20 minutes of action.

Virginia Union made 13-of-34 first half field goals (38.2 percent) but struggled from long range, making 2-of-10 triples and trailed Bowie State 36-29 at the half.

The Bulldogs held their largest lead (39-29) of the game at the 19:27 mark of the second half only to have the Panthers battle back to regain a 43-42 lead via a 14-3 run following a layup by Avery Jirmnson (Harlem, N.Y.) with 15:55 remaining on the clock.

Bowie State answered with a 13-6 run to push the home team to a 55-48 advantage by the 11:16 mark.

The Bulldogs offense went a little cold as the outside temperature, allowing the Panthers to pull even at 60-all with 5:34 remaining in the game. Following the final media timeout of the contest, Bowie State dashed any hopes Virginia Union may have had, outscoring Virginia Union 14-8 to seal the win.

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