15-game winning streak, 99-96, in overtime, last night in a pulsating Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association game at the A.C. Jordan Arena.
It was only the second defeat of the season for the Bulldogs, who last week became the No. 1 team in the South Atlantic Region of the NCAAs Division II.
Virginia Union (10-7, 8-3 CIAA) thus avenged an overtime loss to Bowie at its arena on Jan. 21 by refusing to capitulate to a Bulldog comeback in the second half of regulation.
A jumper by Chris Moore from the top of the key with 0.5 of a second remaining in regulation sent the game into overtime and the lead swayed back and forth until two free throws by Ralph Brown gave the Panthers a 97-96 advantage.
Bowie (19-2), 11-1) turned the ball over and Luqzman Jaaber then made two more foul shots to boost the advantage to 99-96. The Bulldogs had two attempts to tie with three-pointers but Tim Washington and Al Van Norden misfired and Bowie was denied its 20th victory, a school record it set last season.
The game was delayed nearly 1M-= hours after a power outage believed to be caused by downed electrical wires yesterday afternoon at the university threatened a postponement.
Bowie was stale at the outset, going 1 for 8 from the field with four turnovers while the Panthers shot into a 15-4 advantage which increased to as many as 13 points (19-6).
But some assistance from the bench was helpful as Allen Van Norden entered to make two three-pointers to fuel a Bulldogs rally that sliced the margin to 29-27 with 5:35 left in the first half.
Virginia Union remained in charge, primarily because of the inside play of forward Spencer Alston, who scored 14 points before the break. Those were crucial in the absence of the Panthers 6-foot-9 center Wayne Wallace, who had 19 points and 22 rebounds in their first meeting.
Wallace missed the game because of the death of his aunt and the mother of the Detroit Pistons Ben Wallace.
At the break, the Panthers led, 42-39, thanks to 52.9 percent shooting from the field. Omarr Smith (City) topped the Bulldogs with nine first-half points.
Bowies only defeat this season was Dec. 10 against the University of the District of Columbia, 97-95, in double overtime when one of the Bulldogs big men, Shawn Hampton (St.Frances) was not yet eligible.