FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Bowie State University men's basketball team got its 20-16-2017 season started on a positive note, topping West Virginia Wesleyan 59-52 in Friday's (11/11) nightcap of the Joe Retton Classic hosted by Fairmont State.
Senior Enuoma Ebinum paced the Bulldogs with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds to go along with a game-high four blocks. Junior Ahmaad Wilson also scored in double figures, chipping in 13 points and added four rebounds in the season opening win.
Juniors Dayshawn Wells (Baltimore, Md.), Omari George (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Michael Briscoe (Waldorf, Md.) tallied eight points apiece while senior Brian Kelley (Lanham, Md.) and redshirt freshman David Belle (Hyattsville, Md.) contributed seven and two points respectively. Freshman Yohance Fleming (Bowie, Md.) rounded out Bowie State's scorers with one point.
As a team, the BSU Bulldogs shot 36.2 percent from the field (21-of-58), 73.3 percent at the free throw line (11-of-15) and out-rebounded the WVWC Bobcats 41-40.
West Virginia Wesleyan was led by Mo Berchie with 14 points and teammate Fred Bronsted tacked on 12 points in the loss. Luke Layhew and Berchie led the Bobcats on the glass with nine and seven rebounds respectively.
West Virginia Wesleyan made 19-of-59 field goals (32.2 percent), which included 3-of-19 beyond the arc and converted 11-of-14 free throws.
Bowie State returns to action on Saturday (11/12) evening facing host Fairmont State at 7 p.m.