One day after the Bowie State women’s basketball team won their season opening game on their home floor, it was the men’s turn to win their home opener defeating the Gannon Golden Knights 66-53. The win improves the Bulldogs’ record to 2-2 on the young season.
The second half was a key turning points in the game as the first half ended with the Golden Knights leading 27-24. The Bulldogs would turn it around in the second half outscoring Golden Knights 42-26 on their way to victory.
Senior guard Cameron Hayes led the Bulldogs scoring a season-high 21 points on 5/10 shooting from the field, 3/6 from three-point range and 8/9 from the free throw line. Senior guard David Belle finished the game with 12 points with seven coming from the free throw line.
Free throw shooting was key in the win for the Bulldogs as they shot 26/36 from the line while Gannon attempted only eight free throws though they did connect on all eight attempts. After only going 4/8 from the free throw line in the first half, the Bulldogs got more aggressive in the second half getting to the line 28 times connecting on 22 attempts.
Defensive effort was also key in the win for the Bulldogs as they forced 12 steals and blocked seven shots in the game.
The Bulldogs will be back on the road to North Carolina for their next two games as they will first face Winston Salem State University next Saturday then Livingstone College the following Monday.