Bowie St. beaten in OT, 99-96

Bulldogs' 15-game run ended by Virginia Union

College Basketball

February 05, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

BOWIE-An inspired Virginia Union team ended ninth-ranked Bowie State's 15-game winning streak last night, 99-96, in a pulsating Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association overtime 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-ranked team in the South Atlantic Region of the NCAA's Division II.

Virginia Union (10-7, 8-3 CIAA) avenged an overtime loss to Bowie at its arena on Jan. 21 by turning back a comeback in the second half of regulation.

"I told our kids this was by far the best win for us in four or five years," said Panthers coach Dave Robbins. "It keeps us in the hunt for the bye in the tournament."

The Panthers accomplished it without their big man, 6-foot-9 center Wayne Wallace, who was not with the team because of the death of his grandmother. Wallace stung Bowie for 19 points and 22 rebounds in their first meeting.

"Our coach told us they'd be more dangerous without him [Wallace]," said Bowie's Omarr Smith (City, CCBC-Catonsville). "We weren't looking for this to be a cakewalk."

A jumper by Virginia Union's Chris Moore from the top of the key with 0.5 of a second left 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 CIAA) then committed a crucial turnover, and Luqman Jaaber followed with two more foul shots to make it 99-96 with 22 seconds to go.

The Bulldogs had two attempts to tie with three-pointers, but Tim Washington and Allen Van Norden misfired, and Bowie was denied its 20th victory, the school record it set last season.

"We're having too good a season to let this loss bother us," said Smith, who fouled out with 47.1 seconds to go in overtime with 21 points and seven rebounds. "It hurts right now, but we'll get over it. We're still going to win the [CIAA's] Eastern Division."

The game was delayed nearly 1 1/2 hours after a power outage, believed to be caused by downed electrical wires yesterday afternoon at the university, threatened a postponement.

VIRGINIA UNION - Jaaber 4-9 5-6 14, Crockett 10-20 5-9 25, Alston 7-13 5-9 19, Woolen 9-17 1-2 19, Moore 4-9 2-2 10, Kidd 1-3 3-3 6, Brown 1-2 2-2 4, Davis 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 37-74 23-33 99. BOWIE STATE - Washington 8-13 6-10 22, Moss-Kelley 4-12 2-2 12, J. Smith 3-7 11-12 17, McMurray 4-8 0-0 11, O. Smith 6-17 4-4 21, Van Norden 3-5 0-0 9, Lewis 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 30-67 23-28 96. Half - Virginia Union, 42-39. End of regulation -89-89. Rebounds - VU 42 (Crockett 9), BS 38 (Washington, O. Smith 7). Assists - VU 9 (Jaaber, Crockett 3), BS 21 (McMurray 10). A - 3,900.

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