FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Bowie State men’s basketball team built a large lead but had to weather a late Fayetteville State charge before claiming a 74-66 victory on Monday night in FSU’s Capel Arena. With the win, BSU’s Bulldogs improve to 13-5 overall and 5-1 in the CIAA.
The Bulldogs tandem of senior Cameron Knox and freshman Ahmaad Wilson led Bowie State in scoring with 19 and 11 points respectively. Junior Andre Jackson grabbed a team-high six rebounds to go along with nine points, one assist and one block. Senior Zafir Williams came up one short of his career-high in assists, dishing out eight of the Bulldogs’ 14 total assists.
Fayetteville State (9-7, 3-3 CIAA) got a heavy dose of Miles Jackson in the first three minutes of the game as the redshirt junior scored Bowie State’s first seven points.
Bowie State’s lead grew to 18-8 by the 12:58 mark of the first half after a 3-pointer by junior Julian Livingston and increased to a 20 point advantage at the intermission, leading the Broncos 42-22 as the 1,175 in attendance stepped out for a hot dog and a cold beverage.
The Bulldogs defense held the Broncos to 8-of-30 shooting from the field in the first half (26.7 percent) and extended the defensive pressure to hold Fayetteville State to 1-of-7 behind the arc. Rebounds are a key component to Bowie State’s success as the Bulldogs held a 28-18 advantage on the glass at halftime.
Fayetteville State trailed by a game-high 24 points (51-27) at the 14:53 mark of the second half before battling back with a 34-10 run to create the games first tie of the night at 61-all with 2:03 remaining in the game.
Fortunately for Bowie State, Fayetteville State was never able clear that last hurdle. Bulldogs senior Justin Beck knocked down a pair of free throws to give the visitors a little breathing room at 63-61.
A Juwan Addison layup pulled the game even again at 63, but a 5-0 Bowie State run was all the cushion the Bulldogs would need to seal the victory.
Joshua Dawson paced Fayetteville State’s Broncos with 19 points and Addison tallied 13 points, 11 in the second half. FSU’s Quentin Underwood was the games’ top rebounder with 11 to go along with eight points.
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