BOWIE, Md. - Bowie State University men's basketball jumped out to a very comfortable first half cushion and mauled the Blue Bears of Livingstone College 72-60 on Saturday afternoon in BSU's A.C. Jordan Arena. The win snapped a two-game slide for the Bulldogs, setting Bowie State's record at 4-5 overall and 1-0 in the league.
Senior Brian Kelly (Lanham, Md.) came off the Bulldogs bench to lead all scorers with a personal career-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Senior Enuoma Ebinum (Greenbelt, Md.) notched a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Senior Khary Doby (College Park, Md.), junior Ahmaad Wilson (Baltimore, Md.) and redshirt freshman David Belle (Hyattsville, Md.) contributed 11 points each while senior Michael Briscoe (Waldorf, Md.) and junior Dayshawn Wells (Baltimore, Md.) chipped in 8 and five points respectively.
Bowie State broke the game open midway through the first half, holding a 21-10 lead at the 10:59 mark. The Bulldogs pushed that lead to 20 points (48-28) and were in complete control, closing out the first half with a field goal shooting percentage of 55.2 (16-of-29) that included 4-of-9 behind the arc. Almost half of the Bulldogs' first half points (25) came from the bench.
The Bulldogs kept their foot on the gas in the second half and never allowed the Blue Bears to get closer than 12 points which occurred at the very end of the game.
Bowie State and Livingstone were about even in second half field goal shooting with the Bulldogs making 10-of-31 over the final 20 minutes compared to 9-of-31 for the Blue Bears. In total, the Bulldogs ended the afternoon, making 26-of-60 from the floor (43.3 percent) while the Blue Bears wrapped up the game hitting 20-of-60 from the field (33.3 percent).
Livingstone (2-3, 0-1 CIAA) was led by Jimmy Wilson's (Columbus, Ga.) double-double of 13 points and game-high 11 rebounds. David Duncan (Seat Pleasant, Md.) also scored in double figures, contributing 10 points to go along with six rebounds. And teammates Roger Ray and Ramel Belfield, both of Raleigh, N.C. along with Eric Dortch-Jones (Washington, D.C.) chipped in eight points apiece.
The Bulldogs return to competition on Tuesday (December 13th), travelling across town to take on the Firebirds of the University of the District of Columbia in a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup in the UDC Sports Complex.