ASU Wins A Close One Over Bowie State 75-72

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(BOWIE, Md.) Daniel Dixon drilled a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the game to lift 10th ranked (NABC Poll) Augusta State to a 75-72 non-conference victory over Bowie State.

Bowie State (5-5) shot a horrific 6-of-23 (26 percent) in the first half and trailed the nationally ranked Jaguars of Augusta State 44-22 at intermission. The teams played fairly even in the first four minutes of the contest before Augusta State went on a 17-4 run over the next seven minutes to take a 24-12 advantage at the 9:56 mark. Bowie State was held to just one shot attempt per possession in the first half and turned the ball over 10 times. Augusta State converted those turnovers into 14 points with nine of those points coming on fast breaks.

Augusta State hit 16-of-32 first half field goals, which included 7-of-11 behind the arc. Of the 44 Augusta State first half points, 21 points were in the paint and 16 were 16 were contributed by the bench.

Augusta State extended their lead to 24 points (48-24) four minutes into the second half and maintained a double digit lead until late in the final half. Bowie State junior Andrew Engel hit a 3-pointer with four minutes left in the game to pull Bowie State within nine at 70-61. Augusta State came up blank over the next 2:16 allowing the Bulldogs to narrow the gap to 70-68 by the 1:44 mark. Junior Armond Hill played a key roll for BSU’s Bulldogs during this stretch, scoring four points (all free throws) and Engel added another 3-point bucket.

Bowie State’s Hill tied the game at 72 with 43 seconds remaining on a conventional thee point play. Turnovers were a thorn in Augusta State’s side in the final period of play, as the Jaguars committed eight (11 total) compared to just three for Bowie State. Bowie State capitalized on those miscues, scoring 13 second half points off those Augusta State turnovers.

Augusta State's hot shooting cooled off slightly in the second half with the Jaguars going 11-of-25 from the floor (44 percent). Bowie State knocked down 15-of-28 second half field goals (54 percent) and went to the charity stripe 21 times in the final 20 minutes, making 16.

Augusta State (5-1) was led by junior Ben Madgen with 18 points and fellow junior Fred Brathwaite added 17 points off the bench. Dixon ended the evening with 15 points to go along with a game-high five assists. Sophomore Caleb Brown chipped in 12 points, hitting 5-of-7 field goals.