Jan. 5, 2012
BOWIE, Md. - In their first game in three weeks, the Fayetteville State Broncos gave the 15th-ranked Bowie State Bulldogs all they could handle - for a half.
But a brilliant 6-minute stretch spanning the halftime break was enough for the Bulldogs to prevail 97-85 in the CIAA opener for both teams on Thursday night.
In a matchup of the CIAA's top two scoring teams, Bowie State was able to overcome a sterling shooting performance by Fayetteville State's Jarmel Baxter (Sr., Davidson, N.C.). Baxter finished with a game-high 18 points, setting a new career-high for 3-point field goals made in a single game with six.
Paced by Baxter's four 3s and 12 points, Fayetteville State (2-6, 0-1) trailed just 45-42 at the half. The teams traded the lead several times, with the Broncos recovering from an early seven-point deficit to take a 40-36 edge with 2:41 to go in the half after Tyrrel Tate's(So., Raleigh, N.C.) jumper.
But Bowie State (9-1, 1-0) was only getting started.
The game was tied entering the final seconds of the half before Jay Gavin buried a deep 3 as the shot clock was winding down to give Bowie State the 3-point advantage, closing the first half on a 9-2 spurt.
Gavin added another 3 in the opening minute of the second period while Darren Clark put together a three-point play, stretching the Bulldogs' run to 14-2 and the lead to 51-42 just 67 seconds into the half.
In all, the Bulldogs scored 14 unanswered points to open the period, stretching the scoring run to 23-2 for a 59-42 lead just over 3 minutes into the second half.
Fayetteville State managed to recover midway through the period, and on Baxter's sixth 3, the Broncos trailed 79-67 with 7:59 remaining. But the Bulldogs, who shot 53 percent from the field for the game, quickly pushed the lead back to 16 to regain control.
Gavin and Travis Hyman led five Bowie State players in double figures with 16 points apiece. Julian Williams and Byron Westmorland added 12 points each while Dameatric Scott chipped in 11.
(Sr., Apex, N.C.) added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Broncos while Tate chipped in 13 points and a game-high three steals.
Fayetteville State returns to the floor to play Chowan at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Felton J. Capel Arena in Fayetteville.