BOWIE – The Bowie State University Bulldogs fell short in their comeback attempt Saturday night, dropping their home opener to Alderson Broaddus 73-72 at A.C. Jordan Arena. “I thought (Alderson Broaddus) did a terrific job. We knew they were good and well coached. They proved that,” said Bowie State head coach Darrell Brooks. “I thought […]
BOWIE – The Bowie State University Bulldogs fell short in their comeback attempt Saturday night, dropping their home opener to Alderson Broaddus 73-72 at A.C. Jordan Arena.
“I thought (Alderson Broaddus) did a terrific job. We knew they were good and well coached. They proved that,” said Bowie State head coach Darrell Brooks. “I thought we had a team that really wanted to win badly but we didn’t go about it the right way. I thought at times guys were trying to win it on their own and it caused us to be impatient offensively and impatient defensively. We missed layups, free throws and we did not do a good job of running our offense. We were still right there at the end to win the game. But give them all the credit.”
Freshman guard Ahmaad Wilson led the team in scoring with 16 points, as Bowie State shot only 42.6 percent from the field and trailed by as many nine points with just over two minutes left in the game.
The Bulldogs put a rally together down the stretch. Trailing 66-57, junior forward Andre Jackson nailed a three pointer while getting fouled. He then nailed the free throw to cut the lead to four points.
Then, Bowie State forced a turnover and senior guard Cameron Knox made a shot to cut the lead to 67-64.
Alderson Broaddus missed several free throw attempts down the stretch to allow Bowie State back into the game.
Bowie State cut the lead to one after junior guard Zafir Williams made two free throws following an intentional foul call on Alderson Broaddus. With .6 seconds left, Bowie State had a chance to win the game but Jackson missed the game-winning shot.
Bowie State took 28 three-point shots in the game, making only eight of them. Brooks said many of the shots did come in the flow of the offense.
“That’s not who we are,” Brooks said. “We have guys that can make threes, but we are not a three-point shooting team. A third of our shots cannot be from three. That is just not who we are.”
The team is young, Brooks said. While the team plays with a lot of energy, the players are still learning the game, he said, and they make what he calls “boneheaded turnovers.” However, he said the team will improve as the season goes and he expects the offensive ball movement to improve.
“I think we can be an equal-opportunity offense,” Brooks said. “(Enuoma) Ebinum can score a little bit from the post. We have guys that can shoot the ball. We are a pretty good shooting team. And we have guys that can drive it. I just want the shots we are taking to come out of our offense. It is early in the season and we are four games in. You just have to learn. I think we will. We have very willing guys and I love this team.”
Alderson junior guard Malcolm Tatum scored 23 points to lead all scorers.