BOWIE, MD–Coming off a slight two-game losing streak, the Bowie State Men’s Basketball squad looked for its remedy against Johnson C. Smith. They found it as they won, 67-65.
Their defense set the tone as the Bulldogs held the Bulls to 28% shooting in the first half. The Bulls kept up through the free throw line and aggressive rebounding. Keith Duffin led everyone with 12 points. He shot perfect from the floor during the first half and made 50% of his free throws.
The Bulldogs momentum slowed down in the second half as the Bulls scored 35 points in the second half compared to 26 of the Bulldogs. BSU was held to 23% shooting in the second half. They outrebounded the Bulls but could not add on to their lead. Their 16 made free throws kept them in the game. JCSU forced 16 BSU turnovers and their efforts pushed the game to the last seconds.
With 15 seconds left in the game, Roddric Ross of JCSU was fouled by David Belle of BSU. Ross made his two free throws and the game was tied at 65 points. With three seconds left in the contest, David Belle rebounded a miss from his teammate, he was fouled two seconds later; with .4 seconds left in the contest. He made his two free throws and that’s how the Bulldogs escaped with the win.
Yohance Flemming was everywhere for the Bulldogs. He gained seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and six points. Duffin finished with 16 points, only scoring four points in the second half. Roddric Ross gave BSU some real issues. He scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds during the contest. Cayse Minor’s 10 points were crucial down the stretch as well.
Overall, the Bulldogs had a tough night shooting; their free throw shooting kept them afloat and delivered them a close win at home.