BOWIE, MD – Bowie State University men's basketball let one get away on Sunday afternoon, falling 85-79 to #16 Kutztown University in the A.C. Jordan Arena. The loss drops the Bowie State Bulldogs season record to 4-7 overall.
Junior Ahmaad Wilson (Baltimore, Md.) pumped in a team-high 22 points while senior teammates Michael Briscoe (Waldorf, Md.) and Dayshawn Well (Baltimore, Md.) contributed 14 and 11 points respectively in the setback. Briscoe was Bowie State's leading rebounder with eight.
Bowie State jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and pushed out to a 13-5 advantage in the first five minutes of the game. However, Kutztown went on a 13-5 to create the games' first tie at 18-all at the 9:43 mark via a Ricky Hicks (Coatesville, Pa.) layup. A Wilson 3-pointer followed by a Briscoe dunk put the Bulldogs back on top at 23-18 and Bowie State maintained that lead until KU's Hicks toed the game at 27-all with 3:37 to go in the first quarter.
Kutztown's Ethan Ridgeway (West Chester, Pa.) gave the Golden Bears their first lead of the contest at 31-29 and helped assist the visitors to a 38-36 lead at halftime. The Golden Bears made 16-of-29 first half field goals (55.2 percent) and were led by Josh Johnson's (Norristown, Pa.) 14 points and nine rebounds.
Enuoma Ebinum (Greenbelt, Md.) opened the scoring for the Bulldogs in the second half and a traditional 3-point play by Wells shifted the advantage back over to Bowie State at 41-38 early in the second half.
A Johnson tip-in at the at the 18 minute mark shifted the advantage back over to Kutztown at 42-41 only to see the lead shift back to Bowie State following a Wilson jumper. The Bulldogs went on to lead by as much as eight (59-51) at the 12:39 mark but could not hold on to the lead.
The Golden Bears battled back to regain a 66-65 lead after a pair of Ridgeway free throws with 8:32 remaining in the game. The lead would change hands five more times before Kutztown was able to put the Bulldogs away in the final five minutes of the game.
Kutztown (8-1) was led by Ridgeway with a game-high 24 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Johnson ended the afternoon with a double-double of 22 points (on 10-of-13 shooting) and 11 rebounds and Howard Sellers (Coatesville, Pa.) came off the Golden Bears bench to add 10 points.
The Golden Bears held advantages in rebounds (36-35) points in the paint (42-22), points off turnovers (20-17) and bench points (20-15). Kutztown shot well throughout the game, ending the non-conference contest with a 53.4 field goal shooting percentage, which included 6-of-8 behind the 3-point line. However, the Golden Bears only made 17-of-25 free throws.
The Bulldogs will be back in action in less than 24 hours, hosting the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University at 6 p.m. in BSU's A.C. Jordan Arena as part of a conference doubleheader with the women.