Virginia Union settles score with Bowie, 92-67 Avenges last year's loss to Bulldogs

January 31, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

BOWIE -- Bowie State learned last night that monumental upsets are usually once-in-a-career occurrences.

Virginia Union, the defending NCAA Division II champion,

pounded that lesson into the Bulldogs, as the Panthers avenged one of their three 1991-92 losses with a 92-67 rout at A.C. Jordan Arena.

Virginia Union made amends for its visit here last February, when Bowie State controlled the tempo and pulled off a 51-48 victory. It was the Panthers' only loss in their last 26 games of 1991-92 and rates as one of the biggest upsets in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association history.

Bowie State coach Ty Hart again wanted to slow the pace against the CIAA Northern Division rival, but Virginia Union moved out to a nine-point lead in the first six minutes, and baskets don't come easy against a veteran Panther team that set a Division II record last year when opponents made only 37.0 percent of their field-goal attempts.

The Bulldogs made just 12 of 37 shots in the second half, and the only thing that came easy was the ceremonial game ball given Chuck Gholston after he became the No. 2 scorer in the program's history.

"We were a lot better team than we showed here last year," said Panthers coach Dave Robbins, whose 16-year record is 359-89. "We learned a lot from that game, however, and it was one of the best things that happened to us. Our guards shot 0-for-24 last year, but they were a little better this time."

How about a lot better. Warren Peebles, a junior point guard, had 20

points on 8-of-12 shooting, loosening up the Bulldogs' zone with four three-pointers. Bowie State had to collapse its defense against a bigger, deeper team.

The Panthers don't have an A.J. English or Charles Oakley like they did in the 1980s, but they are balanced, with six players averaging from 9.1 to 12.7 points.

Virginia Union (15-2, 8-0) opened in Alaska, where it lost to two-time NAIA champion Oklahoma City.

They've won 10 straight since a Jan. 2 loss at Bridgeport, the team they beat in last year's NCAA final.

Bowie State (6-14, 0-6) lost for the seventh straight time, but the biggest margin of defeat in its four previous setbacks was five points.

Forty minutes after the game, Hart was still lecturing the Bulldogs, who got 20 points and nine rebounds from Aquila Matthews and 19 points from Gholston, who has 1,521 in his career.

Virginia Union had a 17-8 lead after the first six minutes, but Bowie State righted itself and went ahead 27-26 with 8:01 left in the first half on a steal and dunk by Matthews.

The Panthers came back with a 15-6 blitz, however, and did not trail again.

Gholston brought the Bulldogs to 62-53 with 9:03 left, but Virginia Union went on an 18-4 roll that featured seven points by 6-7 guard/forward Troy Phillips.

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