BOWIE, Md. – Bowie State men’s basketball picked up a non-conference home win on Saturday afternoon, knocking off Claflin by a final score of 67-53. With the win, the Bulldogs even its record at 6-6 overall.
“We were ready for this game tonight and our guys really stayed connected defensively, we communicated well and I thought our zone really kept them off balance”, said Bowie State Head Coach Darrell Brooks.
Senior Cameron Hayes (Upper Marlboro, Md.) led four Bulldogs in double-figure scoring with 13 while seniors David Belle (Hyattsville, Md.) and Saiquan Jamison (Upper Marlboro, Md.) along with junior Justin Route (Washington, D.C.) were responsible for 11 points apiece in the win. Route’s 11 points tied his career-high.
The Bulldogs led the entire first half and carried a 33-22 advantage into intermission. Bowie State dominated in the paint over the first 20 minutes, outscoring Claflin 20 to 4 and held 22-15 rebound advantage.
Bowie State’ lead grew to a game-high 20 points (46-26) at the 15:59 mark of the second half but Claflin used a 9-0 run to close the Panthers deficit to 46-35 with 12:37 to go. However, Bowie State 13-5 run that gave the Bulldogs a comfortable 59-40 lead by the 6:36 mark of the second half closing the door in any thoughts of a comeback by Claflin.
“Our focus today was to play hard, compete, finish the game and not turn the ball over as much as we did in our previous game”, said Brooks.
Sweeping the stats
As a team, Bowie State finished the contest shooting 45.8 percent from the floor (22-of-48), which included 7-of-19 beyond the arc and the Bulldogs made 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) at the charity stripe. The Bulldogs dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Panthers 40-25.
As for Claflin as a team, the Panthers finished with a field goal shooting percentage of 35.3 percent (18-of-51) and 62.5 percent at the free throw line, making 10-of-16.
Latrell West (New Brunswick, N.J.) paced (Claflin (4-7) with a game-high 16 points. Romero Hill (Memphis, Tenn.) chipped in seven points and the Panthers trio of Ojeh Nkem (Atlanta, Ga.), Jailen Williams (Salisbury, N.C.) and Mykal Johnson (Capital Heights, Md.) added six points each.
The Bulldogs return to action on Monday (December 16) hosting Livingstone College at 7:30 p.m. in the A.C. Jordan Arena.
Written by Moussa Traore (Bowie State Graduate Assistant)
BOWIE, Md. – Bowie State University’s senior Kyaja Williams (Baltimore, Md.) scored a game-high 21 points while recording a new career-high 17 rebounds with fellow senior Dynaisha Christian (Pocomoke, Md.) tallying 14 points and seven rebounds in the Bulldogs easy 67-37 home victory over the Claflin Lady Panthers. The win raised Bowie State’s record to 9-0 while Claflin falls to 0-9.
As a team, Bowie State shot 37.1 percent (22-of-69) from the floor while holding the Lady Panthers to shooting just 28.6 percent (14-of-49) from the floor. Dionna Long was the only bright spot for the Lady Panthers scoring a team-high 20 points and added five rebounds.
The Bulldogs looked good early when they jumped out to a 14-4 after a deep ball from senior Amel Duggins (Largo, Md.) with 5:26 left in the first period. After holding on to their lead, the Bulldogs allowed Claflin to get within 16-9 after a Long 3-pointer at 1:49. BSU’s Bulldogs led the Lady Panthers 20-11 at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter belonged to the Bulldogs. The team opened up the period by going on an 11-0 run before Long snapped the scoring drought at 2:11. Once in control, the Bulldogs never looked back. BSU held a double-digit lead for the remainder of the half and pulled away from Claflin. The team went ahead by as many as 20 points, 34-14 with 1:13 to go.
In the second half, the Bulldogs continued to dominate. The team never had to fend off the Lady Panthers attack while pushing their lead to 41-23 after Williams’s layup with 4:12 remaining. The Bulldogs allowed four unanswered points to the Lady Panthers to take a 46-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the early fourth period, the Bulldogs went on a rampage scoring the first 11 points and stretching its lead to 59-28 after Williams knocked down another jumper. Long once again stopped the bleeding after hitting a jumper. From there, the team never let up and only gave up seven points the remaining 5:30 of the game. A layup by senior Leah Whitehead (Odenton, Md.) gave Bowie State its largest lead of the game at 67-37 with 1:29.
Bowie State will return to action on Monday (12/16) when they host Livingstone College at 5:30 p.m. This will be second game of the season between the Bulldogs and Lady Blue Bears and is a designated non-conference game.