Bowie State junior Duke Crews scored a BSU career-high 25 points to go along with career-high 12 rebounds and two blocks to pace the Bowie State Bulldogs to an 83-74 road win on Thur. Jan. 15 at Johnson C. Smith. Corey Stevens and Andrew Engel scored 13 points each and Stevens added a career-high eight assists.
The first half of the game featured six ties and 12 lead changes. Crews led all first half scorers with 11 points on five-of-nine shooting and gathered half of his rebound total during the first period. Bowie Stateâ€™s Bulldogs shot 34 percent from the field (12-of-35) and 67 percent (six-of-nine) from the free throw line. BSU also controlled the glass during the first period, outrebounding Johnson C. Smith 27 to 21. The guest struggled from long range, making only one-of-eight attempts beyond the arc.
Johnson C. Smith (11-3 / 4-3 CIAA) had a rough first half, connecting on just nine-of-32 from the field. Of that nine, five (out of 14) were behind the arc. The Golden Bulls made one more free throw than the Bowie State in the first half but trailed 31-30 at the break.
Bowie State (8-6 / 5-2 CIAA) extended its halftime lead to 10 (50-40) at the 13:50 mark of the second half on a jumper by senior Curtis Massey. Massey scored seven of nine total points in the second half and ended the game with seven rebounds. Even though JCSUâ€™s Golden Bulls trailed by 10, they did not panic.
Jerry Hollis, James Dillard, Ryan Scott and Brain Mobley were responsible for 9-0 run to pull Johnson C. Smith within one at 50-49. Johnson C. Smithâ€™s Thornhill drilled a 3-pointer that shifted the advantage over to the home team at the 10:22 mark. A pair of free throws by BSU junior Armond Hill (9 points and 6 rebounds) put the advantage back over to the visitorsâ€™ side of the scoreboard, but a Hollis layup put JCSU in front for the last time with 9:39 left in the game and a 54-53 lead.
Back-to-back triples by Engel, a thunderous dunk by Crews and a two-point jumper by Engel were the knock out punches, as the Bowie State lead grew to nine (63-54). The Bulldogs lead increased to a game-high 14 points (77-63) with just under two-minutes to play, ending any hopes of a Johnson C. Smith comeback.
Both teams shot extremely well in the second period as Johnson C. Smith improved to 59 percent on 19-of-32 shooting, which included four-of-10 behind the 3-point line but just two-of-seven from the free throw line. Bowie State burned the twine at a 65 percent clip over the final 20 minutes, hitting 17-of-26 from the field, six-of-10 beyond the arc and 12-of-18 at the charity stripe.
Hollis wrapped up the evening as the leading Johnson C. Smith scorer (18 points) and assists man (5). Other double figure scorers for the Golden Bulls include Dillard with 12 and 11 each from Thornhill and Scott. Dillard grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Hollis pulled down eight rebounds.
Bowie State will wrap up this southern swing with a rematch on Sat. Jan. 17 with Livingstone College. The Bulldogs and Blue Bears will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. in Livingstoneâ€™s Trent Gymnasium.