The Bowie State men and women each suffered losses Friday in their Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association semifinal games at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. The men were ousted by Elizabeth City 66-63 in overtime and the women fell to the defending champion Shaw 59-44.
The Bowie men held a 29-24 lead at the half only to see Elizabeth City put a up a big second half effort to force overtime and eventually grab the victory. The Bulldogs’ lead by as much as 38-31 with 16:50 left in regulation following a Jay Gavin three-pointer and then the Vikings (15-13) started whittling away at the Bowie advantage. A 9-2 Elizabeth City run tied the score 40-40 after Paul Goldsmith jumper.
Bowie (22-6) fought back to go ahead 57-56 with 1:24 left in regulation on a Darren Clark three-pointer. But Angelo Sharpless hit one of two free throws to tie the contest 57-57 and send it into overtime. In the extra period, Jay Gavin sank a short jumper to tie the score 60-60 with 2:54 left only to have the Vikings’ Glenn Patterson hit the first of two free throws to give Elizabeth City a 61-60 lead .
Moments later, Clark put the Bulldogs ahead 63-62 on a three-pointer with 1:09 left in overtime, but Sharpless soon answered with a jumper to put the Vikings ahead for good 64-63 with 47 seconds left in overtime. After a pair of free throws by Marquie Cooke gave Elizabeth City its 66-63 advantage, a couple of missed free throws sealed the Bulldogs’ fate. Elizabeth City will play Winston-Salem Saturday at 8:30 p.m. for the conference championship.
Clark led Bowie with 20 points, Old Mill’s Travis Hyman added 14 points (17 rebounds) and Mergenthaler’s Byron Westmorland finished with nine points (10 rebounds). Sharpless led all scorers with 27 points (15 rebounds), his teammate Quintin Spady chipped in 12 points and Cooke had 10 points.
The Bulldog women only trailed by three at halftime (23-20) and held a 24-23 lead with 18:23 left to play after a Kim Jones lay up. But Shaw soon took control of the contest after regaining the lead 25-24 on two Victoria Tanner free throws with 17:40 left and never trailed again. The Bears led 39-29 with 11:17 to play on a jumper by Crystal Harris (17 points) and pushed the advantage to 46-31 with 8:04 left on Aslea Williams jumper before going on to capture the win.
Chanita Jordan topped Bowie (9-16) with 16 points (nine rebounds) and Juliette Turner added nine points (nine rebounds). Williams finished with 13 points ( eight rebounds) for Shaw (22-6) and Kyria Buford had 11 points (eight rebounds). Shaw will play Johnson C. Smith in the title game at 5 p.m. Saturday night.