The No. 19 Bowie State men's basketball team avenged a loss earlier this season to Virginia Union, rallying to defeat the Panthers, 101-82, on Monday and clinch the top spot in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Northern Division.
This was the largest margin of victory against Virginia Union this season, the most points scored against the Panthers this season and the first 100-plus-point game this season for the Bulldogs (20-5, 12-5 CIAA).
Darren Clark led all scorers with 23 points in the win for Bowie State. Travis Hyman added 14 points.
Mount St. Mary's 60, Monmouth 56: Ashley Christie scored on a layup with 42 seconds remaining and Kayla Grossett grabbed a defensive rebound with 24 seconds remaining to lift the host Mount (13-14, 9-7 Northeast Conference) to a spot in the upcoming conference tournament.
Sydney Henderson led the Mount with 19 points, including 13 in the second half. Henderson had five of the Mount's seven second-half field goals, while the Mountaineers drained 16 of 18 free throws in the second half. Jessie Kaufman scored all of her 13 points in the first half.
Christie added eight points, including a three-point play with 42 seconds left that gave the Mountaineers the lead for good.
A back-and-forth first half that saw nine lead changes ended with the score tied at 29-29. Both teams shot the ball well, with the Hawks (15-12, 10-6) taking a 45.8percent to 40.7 percent edge from the field. But the Hawks were plagued by 11 first-half turnovers, while taking it away from the Mount five times. Kaufman led all scorers in the half with 13 points, while Womack countered with nine points for the Hawks.
After the Hawks scored the first six points of the second half to take their largest lead, 37-31, the Mountaineers countered with the next 13 points. The lead grew to 10 points before the Hawks went on a 13-2 spurt to take a one-point lead on Alexis Canady's runner off the glass with 1:14 remaining in regulation. On the next play, Christie converted from close range while being fouled with 42 seconds remaining. The free throw made it 57-55 Mount St. Mary's. Martin was fouled on the following Monmouth possession but converted just one of two free throws to cut the deficit to 57-56. Grossett made both free throws on the other end and Womack's 3-point attempt to tie the game with six seconds left bounced off.
The Hawks turned the ball over 20 times, leading to 19 Mount St. Mary's second-chance points. The Mountaineers turned the ball over 11 times, leading to 12 Monmouth second-chance points. The Hawks outrebounded the Mount 40-31.
Virginia Union 66, Bowie State 39: The Panthers put themselves in position to regain the top seed in next week's CIAA tournament by beating the division-leading Bulldogs.
It was the first time the Panthers (11-13, 8-7 CIAA) had beaten the Bulldogs (8-15, 8-8) since the 2005-06 season.
Turnovers hurt the Bulldogs in the first half, when they committed 12.
Both teams struggled from the field. The Panthers shot 38 percent, and the Bulldogs shot 27 percent.
Virginia Union extended itslead to 45-28 midway through the second half and cruised from there.
The Panthers hit 52 percent of their shots in the second half and were led in scoring by Valentina Wheeler with 19 points. Danielle Ferguson and Vicki Collier also scored in double figures for Virginia Union, adding 16 and 15 points.
Bowie State shot 8-for-27 in the second half and ended the game at 29percent from the fieldCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun