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BALTIMORE— The Prince George’s Community College men locked up the top seed in the upcoming NJCAA Region XX Division III Basketball tournament thanks to a 72-56 victory over Anne Arundel Community College on Jan. 18 at home.
Tunde Scrivner came off the bench and scored 20 points, 13 of which came in the second half. He also finished with five rebounds, four assists and four steals. The freshman now has scored in double figures in 16 of the 17 games this season.
He is second on the team in scoring, averaging 16.5 points per game, after Alex Morales who leads the Owls in scoring with 19.3 points per game. Morales averages 11.4 rebounds per game, and in this contest, he finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
That was his seventh double-double this season. He has scored in double figures in all 17 games this season to that point.
The Owls improved to 6-0 in Region XX Division III play and got that top seed for the February tournament which will be at PGCC.
BOWIE STATE MEN EDGE LINCOLN (PA)
Bowie State’s men’s basketball team got big games from David Belle and Juwan Smith as the Bulldogs edged out Lincoln (Pa.), 78-73, on Jan. 19 in CIAA action at home.
Belle led the way with 17 points while Smith pitched in with 16.
Saiquan Jamison helped with his double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Cameron Hayes gave Bowie State 13 points off of the bench.
Lincoln (11-8, 4-4, 0-1) played well inside but could not hold off the Bulldogs and their balanced offense.
The victory improved Bowie State’s record to 11-8 overall, 7-1 in the league plus 1-0 in Northern Division action. That win also made coach Darrell Brooks a happy man.
“It’s a rivalry game, emotions were high on both teams, and it brought out the biggest crowd (1,362) we’ve had this year,” he said. “Early on, our guys were a bit skittish offensively, but we settled down and stayed the course.”
UM WOMEN’S B-BALL TOPS PENN STATE
The Maryland women’s basketball team used a solid late push to beat Penn State when the teams first met earlier this season. In the second meeting, on Jan. 20, the Terrapins found success with the same formula.
Taylor Mikesell, a freshman, finished with 23 points while Kaila Charles scored 19 as No. 9 Maryland pulled out a 79-67 victory over Penn State in College Park.
The Terrapins were holding on to a 61-56 lead with just under seven minutes remaining before Mikesell made a three-pointer. Shakira Austin (13 points, 10 rebounds) later added back-to-back baskets from the paint that gave Maryland a 12-point edge with three minutes remaining.
Brianna Fraser scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half of the win as Maryland outscored the Nittany Lions, 22-16, in the fourth quarter.
“One of our game goals was to start the game strong…I think our next step is being able to sustain that for 40 minutes,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said in a post-game press conference. “I loved the response out of the locker room. We talked about going inside and evaluating the possessions. I thought we did a great job of responding to that in the second half.”
The Terrapins used a 21-4 run in the fourth quarter to beat Penn State 77-61 when they played in December.