BALTIMORE—The Bowie State University men’s basketball team won its home finale with a 68-66 victory over Chowan University on Feb. 16.
Bowie State has now won four straight games and is 16-10 overall, 12-3 in league play plus 6-2 in the division. Coach Darnell Brooks said the Bulldogs aren’t looking for perfection on the court, but he’ll take it.
“We’re not playing pretty basketball right now but we’re finding ways to win,” he said. “We wore them down in the second half, and I thought our heart showed through, especially in the second half.”
Rinardo Perry led the Bulldogs with 16 points while Keith Duffin, Jr. added 11. Saiquan Jamison also finished eight points and 13 rebounds.
Chowan (12-12, 5-10 in CIAA, 2-6 North) led for much of the first half and even had a 10-point edge before Bowie State cut it to five at the break.
The Bulldogs tried to take over in the second half, using a 10-1 run for a 56-47 lead thanks to a Perry lay-up with just over nine minutes left.
But Chowan bounced back again and eventually took the lead back. The Hawks took a 64-60 lead late before Jamison made a free throw, and Cameron Hayes nailed a three-pointer with 1:02 left.
Chowan took the lead again before Duffin sank two free throws that evened the score at 66 with 15.9 seconds remaining. The Hawks then tried to call time-out when they couldn’t get the ball inbounds, but they were out of them and were hit with a technical foul.
That gave the Bulldogs a free throw, which Hayes hit. Later, Perry made one free throw with four seconds left to lock up the win.
MARYLAND MEN FALL TO MICHIGAN
No. 24 Maryland got off to a slow start on Feb. 16 and never recovered as No. 6 Michigan handed the Terrapins a 65-52 loss in Big Ten action.
The Terps have been on a tough stretch of seven road games out of nine, and that was scheduled to finish up earlier this week (Feb. 19) at Iowa.
In the Michigan game, Maryland fell behind by 15 points and could not shoot well early in the game. Aaron Wiggins led with 15 points while Bruno Fernando ended with 12 points and eight rebounds scoring scored all of his points in the second half. He had double-doubles in the seven previous games.
Michigan held a 27-18 halftime lead and went on to its 22nd straight home victory. The Terrapins cut the lead to three at one point but could come no closer.
PGCC MEN’S B-BALL FALLS IN MD JUCO TOURNEY
The Prince George’s Community College men’s basketball team suffered a surprising early exit from the Maryland JUCO tournament, losing to Cecil College in the quarterfinals on Friday in Hagerstown.
Cecil handed PGCC an 81-78 defeat despite a strong performance from Alex Morales, who finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds.
Morales now has 12 double-doubles in his last 13 games and 17 overall this season for the Owls.
Tunde Scrivener added 11 points and five rebounds.
The game was tied at 74 late, but the Seahawks took the lead with two free throws and never looked back as the Owls were eliminated from the 46th and final Maryland JUCO tournament.
Up next for PGCC is the region tournament, which starts on Feb. 23. The Owls will be the No. 1 seed.