The Vikings survived a furious, late charge by the Bowie State University Bulldogs
for a 65-60 win Tuesday night at the R.L. Vaughan Center.
Andrew Engel sparked the Bulldogs' comeback by scoring all 17 points in the second
half, including five three pointers. He followed his fourth three-ball of the half
with a steal off the Viking inbounds and a lay-up plus a foul to pull the Bulldogs
to within three point (58-55) with 1:23 remaining. The Vikings pushed the lead back
to five (60-55) after an Anthony Hilliard lay-up with 31 ticks left. Engel nailed
his final three of the night eight seconds later and BSU (14-12, CIAA 10-8) quickly
called a time out.
The Vikings caught a break after burning their final time out with 14 seconds left
when the BSU defense lost DeJuan Morrison off the inbounds play for a stand-alone
lay-up with 7 second to go and a 62-58 lead. The Bulldogs answered quickly four seconds
later via a Curtis Massy lay-up. A Bulldog foul sent Mel Johnson to the free throw
line where he missed both free throws but he rebounded his second miss, scored it
and was fouled with .4 seconds remaining. Johnson completed the three-point play with
the free throw attempt for the final point spread.
Trent Bivens led ECSU with a team high 17 points while DeJuan Morrison chipped in
with 11 points.
The Vikings will close out the regular season with a televised game against Virginia
Union University Saturday at 5 p.m. For more information on ECSU Athletics, visit
In other news . . .
The Lady Vikings didn't fare as well as the Vikings. The Lady Bulldogs of Bowie State
University placed four starters in double figures in a 72-63 victory over the Lady
Vikings on Tuesday.
With the win Bowie State (16-10, CIAA 14-4) captures the 2009 Eastern Division crown
and secures a first round bye for the CIAA Tournament next week in Charlotte.
The Lady Bulldogs took a commanding 15-3 lead to begin the game but a resilient Lady
Vikings' squad battled back to close the deficit to 31-27 at the intermission. BSU
used an 11-0 spurt to push the lead back to double digits within the first few minutes
and would maintain at least a nine -point lead for most of the of the second stanza.
The Lady Vikings committed 26 turnovers in the game which led to 27 points for the
Briana Glover scored a game high 20 points for ECSU while Joyce Freeman and Kearah
Jefferys added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
ECSU (6-20, 3-14) will close out the regular season with Virginia Union University
Saturday at the RL Vaughan Center. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. For more information
on ECSU Athletics, visit www.ecsuvikings.com.