by Bulldogs Sports Information Department
BOWIE, MD – Virginia Union's Tavon Mealy (Richmond, Va.) threw up an over-the-shoulder layup as time expired to lift the Panthers to a 70-69 overtime victory at Bowie State on Wednesday night. The loss, Bowie State's second in a row, drops the Bulldogs season mark to 7-11, 4-4 in league play and 0-1 in the Northern Division.
Bowie State junior Omari George (Baltimore, Md.) came off the Bulldogs bench to pace the team with a team-high 18 points, on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and added five rebounds, one block and a pair of steals. Junior Ahmaad Wilson (Baltimore, Md.) contributed 17 points and senior Enuoma Ebinum (Greenbelt, Md.) hauled down a team-high 12 rebounds to go along with nine points and two blocked shots.
Virginia Union (14-5, 6-1 CIAA, 1-1 North) was led by Ray Anderson (Wilmington, Del.) with a game-high 24 points, which included a perfect 9-of-9 at the free throw line. Kory Cooley (Washington, D.C.) also scored in double figures, chipping in 11 points for the Panthers. VUU's Mealy led all players on the glass, ripping down 13 boards and tallied eight points.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 6-0 lead via back-to-back 3-pointers by redshirt freshman David Belle (Hyattsville, Md.) and Wilson and led the Panthers 7-2 over the first four minutes of the contest.
Virginia Union's Panthers responded with a 9-2 run to take their first lead (11-9) at the 12:26 mark of the opening half. The Panthers stretched its lead to ten points twice in the first 20 minutes with the last coming (23-13) with 6:08 to go.
The Bulldogs defense really intensified and the Bowie State offense answered with an 8-0 run to pull within two at 23-21 with just over five minutes left before halftime. Bowie State would regain the first half lead at 30-29 after a Wilson triple and went into the break holding a 37-34 advantage.
The lead would change hands three times in the second half and resulted in regulation ending at 65-all.
Mealy scored the first points of overtime for Virginia Union and Bowie State's George drove the paint for layup to tie the game at 67-67 with 2:39 left in the extra period.
VUU's John Mitchell (Harlem, N.Y.) shifted the advantage back over to the Panthers at 68-67 after making 1-of-2 free throws.
BSU's George made a twisting layup on the Bulldogs next possession to shift the lead back to the home team at 69-68 with 1:48 remaining in overtime. Unfortunately, the Panthers were able to steal a win after Mealy's stick back as time expired.