RALEIGH, NC - Bowie State University men's basketball picked up a much needed conference victory on Wednesday night, taking down the Shaw University Bears 64-61 before a packed house at the C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. The victory halted a three-game Bulldogs slide and set their season mark at 7-9 overall and 4-2 in league play.
Juniors Ahmaad Wilson (Baltimore, Md.) and Dayshawn Wells (Baltimore, Md.) along with senior Khary Doby (College Park, Md.) accounted for 14, 13 and 11 points respectively for the Bulldogs. Senior Enuoma Ebinum (Greenbelt, Md.) was responsible for nine points, seven rebounds and two assists while junior Omari George (Baltimore, Md.) came off the bench to add six points, four rebounds and a steal.
Redshirt freshman David Belle (Hyattsville, Md.) started his second consecutive game, chipping in nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 free throws and pulled down three rebounds to go along with one assist and one steal. Senior Brian Kelley (Lanham, Md.) rounded out Bowie State's scorers with two points to go along with season-best four assists and a pair of steals.
Joshua Cassady (Raleigh, N.C.) led the Bears (6-9, 2-3 CIAA) with 15 points and seven rebounds while senior Benji Bell (Gainesville, Fla.) tallied 12 points and dished out six assists. Junior Khaliq Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored 11 points and three assists to round out the double-digit scoring for Shaw.
For the contest, Shaw shot 52.2 percent (24-of-46) from the field, 23.5 percent from the three-point line and 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from the foul line as Bowie State connected 23-of-49 field goals (46.9 percent), 9-of-17 three-pointers (52.9 percent) and converted 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) free throws.
The Bears opened up the game shooting fairly well, knocking down three three-pointers to lead 12-9. An 11-5 run for BSU following that capped off the Bulldogs three-point lead before a basket by Williams pulled Shaw within one midway. From there, the contest became tied twice with the last occurring at the 2:31 mark before the Bears scored eight-straight led by Cassady who charted six points in that spurt to lead 40-32 at halftime.
The Bulldogs groomed a 11-3 run to tie the game at 43-43 in the second half's first 5:55; however, the Bears responded by planting an 8-2 run to lead by six points with 9:10 remaining in the game. Down the stretch, Shaw went completely cold for 4:27 which resulted in the Bulldogs not only tying the game but also taking the lead that eventually they would not relinquish. The Bears pulled within one point after a layup from Cassady but BSU quickly responded with a layup and jumper to extend its lead to five points as the clock showed 56 seconds left to play.
A go-ahead bucket from junior DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, Fla.) cut the deficit to three points as Shaw had an opportunity to send the game into overtime after a missed three-pointer from BSU with 23 seconds remaining. Fortunately for Bowie State, a Stephens-Bell three-ball that hit the back of the iron which would preserve the win for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs return to the hardwood on Saturday (January 14th) hosting the Lions of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania as part of a CIAA Northern Division doubleheader with the women. Game time in BSU's A.C. Jordan Arena is set for 4 p.m.