In the Doghouse
Vikings fall to Bulldogs on homecoming
Elizabeth City State 63 Bowie State 61
By Malcolm Shields
Sunday, February 4, 2018
The Elizabeth City State women’s basketball team could not hold a six-point fourth quarter lead as Bowie State rallied to defeat the Lady Vikings 63-61 on Saturday afternoon at the Vaughan Center.
Jalyn Brown led ECSU (9-12, 2-7 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) with a game-high 21 points, while connecting on 5-of-8 shots from behind the 3-point line in the contest.
Anaya Eason followed with 13 points and six rebounds.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Lady Vikings led 50-44.
Bowie State (14-6, 7-4 CIAA) chipped away at the Lady Vikings lead.
Kyah Proctor, who finished with 18 points, connected on a string of free throws in the frame for Bowie State.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 57-all with less than two minutes to go.
After a Tamara Harvey free throw gave the Lady Vikings a 58-57 lead, Bowie State took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Ty-Nita Baker with less than 40 seconds to go in the game to put BSU up 60-58.
After a pair of free throws by Kyaja Williams put BSU up four, ECSU got an old-fashion three-point play by Alexis Fowler to cut the deficit to a point.
Proctor was fouled and converted on a free throw to put BSU up 63-61.
A half court shot by Fowler hit the back of the iron as time expired to end the game.
Fowler finished with five points and nine rebounds.
Down the stretch, ECSU struggled to convert on free throws and had costly turnovers.
Compounding the fourth quarter woes was Brown went cold from the field and ECSU’s second leading scorer on the season Devona Stell fouled out down the stretch.
“We didn’t execute down the stretch,” ECSU coach Antonio Davis said. “In crunch time, we didn’t execute our offense. Defensively, we just fouled too much. We put them on the line. That is how they got back into the game.”
ECSU was able to weather a strong first 20 minutes from the Lady Bulldogs shooting from behind the 3-point line.
BSU made 6-of-11 shot from deep in the first half.
Brown led the offense for ECSU as the junior scored 15 of her 21 points in the first two quarters.
The Lady Vikings appeared set to deliver the winter homecoming crowd a win with a 32-29 halftime lead and a 50-39 advantage late in the third.
Eason had a strong second half as the sophomore scored 11 of her 13 points in the final two quarters.
“She did a good job for us,” Davis said of Eason. “That’s what we look from her off the bench. She was very aggressive.”
Saturday’s contest was another learning experience for the Lady Vikings against another tough divisional opponent.
“I was proud of our effort,” Davis said. “This was like a tournament atmosphere. We were tested.”
Bowie State 75, Elizabeth City State 70: The Vikings (9-10, 2-7 CIAA) rebounded from a sluggish shooting performance in the first half to take a 63-60 lead with around seven minutes to go in the second half.
Bowie State (11-11, 6-5 CIAA) closed the game on a 15-7 run to secure the win.
In the final moments, the Vikings had costly mistakes and was called for a foul when a Bowie State player shot from the 3-point line.
Bowie State’s Ahmaad Wilson made the three free throws to put the Bulldogs up 72-67.
Zaccheus Hobbs, who was called for the foul on Wilson’s 3-point attempt, redeemed himself with a pull up 3-pointer from near the top of the key to cut the ECSU deficit to 72-70 with 56 seconds to go.
An offensive rebound and basket by Yohance Fleming iced the game for the Bulldogs.
Hobbs finished with a game-high 23 points, while Shyheid Petteway followed with 13 points.
Yohance Fleming led BSU with 15 points and seven rebounds.
“We had a couple of breakdowns,” ECSU coach John Hill said. “I don’t necessary believe that it was the difference in the game. I thought that we made a few plays. We’re just a young team. We continue to make an error here or an error there that really costs us.”
The coach added that he didn’t believe that there was a foul on the Wilson 3-point attempt late in the contest, but acknowledged that those three points likely cost the team the win.
“We’ve played a lot of close games and it seems like, somehow or another at the very end, it gets away from us,” Hill said. “As a young team, hopefully we’ll continue to grow and figure out how to start closing out some of these close ones.”
ECSU returns to action on Monday as Johnson C. Smith comes to Elizabeth City.