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Bowie State and PGCC men fall, Maryland men bounce back

BALTIMORE – The Bowie State University men's basketball team dropped their lone game last week, falling at the hands of Virginia Union University 67-60 last Saturday.

Omari George scored a game-high 18 points for the Bulldogs, who fell to 8-11 overall, 3-5 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and 1-1 in division play.

Cameron Hayes and Ahmaad Wilson both added nine points, but it was not enough.

The game remained close most of the way. Bowie State took a 30-29 halftime lead despite shooting just 35 percent from the field. However, the Panthers slowly took command in the second half.

They pushed ahead in the early minutes and then scored eight straight points to take a 54-43 lead with more than nine minutes remaining.

However, the Bulldogs slowly fought back.

They cut the lead to 58-55 on David Belle’s short jumper.

Bowie State could not get any closer. The Bulldogs notched just one basket in the final minutes of play (3:13), and that helped Virginia Union hold on for the victory.

Bowie State will finally get to slow down on the road trips. Beginning this week, the Bulldogs were set to play five of their last eight games this season at home.

Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) seemed to have scored enough points in its game with Howard Community College last week. The Owls just could not quite match what the visitors did as Howard came away with a 103-94 victory in a Maryland JUCO game on Wednesday.

PGCC had plenty of offense, led by James Hagins. He finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds. That tied his career high for points and set a new career best for boards.

The sophomore nailed 11-of-13 shots from the field for his second career 20-point game. It was also his fifth career double-double.

Kennith Ford also pitched in with 23 points. Mykal Johnson added 20 points plus a career-best 15 rebounds right after coming up with a triple-double in the team’s previous game.

Gus Stone became the fourth Owl to finish with at least 20 points. His 20 points was the 12th time he reached that level this season, and the 19th time he’s done it while at PGCC.

PGCC took a 26-14 advantage halfway through the first half and still were up 12 with just over six minutes remaining before halftime.

After that, the Dragons scored 26 of the next 37 points for a 50-47 halftime lead. Howard fought off PGCC in the second half and scored 53 more points to pull out the victory.

In College Park, the injuries have been mounting for the University of Maryland basketball team, but the Terrapins finally got back on track last week with a big home win versus Minnesota.

Maryland suffered two significant conference losses to Michigan State University and Ohio State University before turning in a solid effort in the second half to defeat the Gophers 77-66 last Thursday.

The Terps scored 48 points in the second half and shot 68 percent from the field (13-for-19) in those final 20 minutes. Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon said afterward that his team’s offense looked good in that second half.

“Our offense was really clicking,” he said. “We were able to build the lead because we were good defensively for about the first 10 minutes of the second half, but we were really good offensively.”

Overall, Kevin Huerter led the way with 19 points while Anthony Cowan Jr. handed out a career-best 10 assists. Michal Cekovsky finished with 17 points as Maryland (15-6, 4-4) moved to 12-1 in home games.

 

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