OT win provides Bowie men much-needed tonic

State notebook


January 17, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

There seems to be some basketball magic building at Bowie State.

Just ask defending Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Johnson C. Smith.

Bowie State snatched an overtime victory from near-certain defeat Tuesday night in Charlotte, N.C., leaving the Golden Bulls (11-4, 3-2 CIAA) numb with disappointment in front of their home crowd.

Omarr Smith was the conquering hero for the Bulldogs, hitting an 18-foot jumper from beyond the free-throw line with three seconds left in overtime for a come-from-behind 91-89 win.

To say the victory was special is an understatement.

Bowie (9-6, 5-4 CIAA) had lost the first three games of a nine-day, four-game road trip, and spent all of regulation Tuesday battling from behind for an 80-80 tie to force overtime. Bowie trailed by as many as 14 late in the second half.

In overtime, Tim Washington scored seven of Bowie's first nine points before the spotlight fell on Smith, who had entered the game late in regulation as a defensive stopper. But Smith became a part of Bowie's offensive sets with 44 seconds left in the game when Cornelius McMurray fouled out.

Smith responded with the Bulldogs' biggest shot of the season.

Bowie won despite 33 points from Johnson C. Smith's Antoine Sims, who was held to two points in overtime.

While Sims faded in overtime, Washington flourished for the Bulldogs and finished with 28 points despite shooting 10-for-23 from the free-throw line.

Bowie's senior swingman, 6-foot-5 Jamal Shivers, will hit an important milestone tonight at home against Columbia Union. His first two points will give him 1,000 for his career.

Armstrong is star

Junior swimmer Scott Armstrong captured the 1,000 freestyle (9:39.80) and 500 freestyle (4:43.76) Tuesday night to lead the Johns Hopkins men to a 116-89 victory that ended West Chester's 29-meet winning streak.

Hopkins (5-1) also received top efforts from Justin Brannock, J. P. Balfour II and Scott Pitz.

The Hopkins women (3-3) lost to West Chester, 117-89. But there were some bright spots in last weekend's 162-132 loss to Navy, which was led by senior standout Melissa Hawley.

Hawley captured the 200 butterfly (2:12.03) and the 200 individual medley (2:13.32).

In that loss to Navy, four Blue Jays women each took two events. Stephanie Harbeson won the 1,000 freestyle (10:49.43) and 500 free (5:14.19); Krissy Brinsley captured the 100 backstroke (1:00.53) and 200 back (2:10.94); Nontawan Benja-Athon took the 100 breaststroke (1:08.35) and 200 breaststroke (2:27.59), and Megan Rudinsky won the 50 free (25.16) and 100 butterfly (59.97).

Krause, Irby lead Towson

Sophomore Aaron Krause and freshman Jen Irby led the Towson men's and women's swimming teams last weekend, as they won two of three meets.

The men and women both defeated Davidson and Delaware, but both fell to James Madison. The Tigers men and women have 5-4 records.

Krause took first in three events against Davidson and won two in the tri-meet with Delaware and James Madison. Senior Kevin Weisenborn and junior John Miller both had strong weekends.

Irby captured the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle in both the dual meet and the tri-meet.

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