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Vikings end Bowie State's 2012 CIAA tourney run

On March 12, 2012

  • BSU senior G No. 20 scored 20 points in the 66-63 loss to ECSU in the 2012 CIAA men’s tournament March 2.

CHARLOTTE, NC - Elizabeth City State took advantage of a poor shooting night at the free-throw line by Bowie State as the Vikings stunned the Northern Division top seed, 66-63 in overtime to advance to the CIAA Tournament Championship game on Friday night (March 2) at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Bowie State finished the night by shooting 30 percent (8-of-27) from the foul line. "It is tough right now to lose a hard fought game," Bowie State head coach Darrell Brooks said. "It was like a heavyweight fight. I am proud of my basketball team and we gave our best in a losing effort. We just didn't do a good job making free throws tonight and that was the difference in the game."

Angelo Sharpless led the Vikings (15-13) with a double-double, 27 points and 15 rebounds. Quintin Spady and Marquie Cook had 12 and 10 points, respectively, as Elizabeth City State, which had 18 second-chance points, shot 31 percent (21-of-67) from the floor and 71 percent (17-of-24) from the free-throw line.

Bowie State, which swept the regular season contests with Elizabeth City State, fell behind, 5-0, within the first minute, but the Bulldogs used a 7-0 run, capped by Byron Westmorland 3-point to take their lead of the night at 7-5 with 16:26 remaining in the opening half.

The Vikings, who have defeated Bowie State to reach the CIAA Championship game three times, quickly responded with a 12-4 run, capped by Blake Price jumper to give Elizabeth City State a 16-11 advantage with 12:45 left.

The Bulldogs (22-6) couldn't get much going on offense and Elizabeth City State extended the lead to 22-16 after a Price layup with 7:58 remaining. The Vikings managed just one field goal in the final 7:58 as Bowie State climbed back into the game with a 13-2 run to close out the first half and take a 29-24 advantage into the break.

Early in the second half, the Vikings went on a 13-2 run during a six-minute stretch to regain the lead, 44-40, after a Sharpless 3-pointer with 10:01 left. The Bulldogs answered and tied the game at 44 with buckets by Najee White and Gavin, but a three by Spady quickly broke the 44-all tie with a 3-pointer to give the Vikings a 47-44 advantage.

The Vikings took a 7-point lead before the Bulldogs went on a 7-2 run to the game at 54.

Sharpless put Elizabeth City State back on top with a jumper with 1:47 left, but Clark drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Bulldogs a 57-56 advantage with 1:24 remaining.

Sharpless hit a free throw with 8.1 seconds left to force overtime.

A Sharpless bucket with 47 seconds left put Elizabeth City State back on top, 64-63.

After an offensive foul by the Bulldogs with 29.1 seconds remaining, Bowie State was forced to foul. Cooke sank both shots at the foul line with 20.2 seconds left to give Elizabeth City State a 66-63 advantage. Compiled from BSUSID

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