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By Scott Rouch

Both Johnson C. Smith University teams sent their Brayboy Gymnasium fans home happy Thursday night as they beat back the Bulldogs of Bowie State University.

basketball_bouncesThe Lady Golden Bulls (13-1) overcame a double-digit second-half deficit to win 61-51 while the men ran their win streak to nine, outlasting the Bulldogs 80-75.

The men’s game was everything as advertised with two of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s top teams squaring off for the second time this season.

The Golden Bulls (11-4, 7-0 CIAA) evened the season series after falling to the Bulldogs 95-81 in Milwaukee Nov. 26.Trevin Park’s 3-pointer gave the Golden Bulls a 76-75 lead with 42 seconds left to play and they tacked on four free throws for the final margin.

The loss ended the Bulldogs five-game win streak as they fell to 10-3, 5-1 CIAA.

"I didn’t think we would go undefeated in the league this year," said Bulldogs head coach Darrell Brooks ruefully." "(The Golden Bulls) were really good. You have to tip your hat to them." Like a pair of heavyweights in the middle of the ring exchanging blows, the game featured 13 lead changes with neither team ever holding a double-digit advantage.

Parks entered tied for the conference lead in scoring at 22 point-per-game and led the Golden Bulls in the first half with 17 points, finishing with 25, while shooting 4-for-6 from behind the arc. Delonta Boyd had a big night inside with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Ronald Thornhill and James Otey scored 17 and 11, respectively.

Boyd’s persistence in the paint was key as the Golden Bulls out-rebounded the Bulldogs 55-41 to offset a 35 percent shooting night.

"They out-rebounded us tonight and that’s disappointing," Brooks said. "When we rebound, we’re an explosive team." Travis Hyman was a dominant force once again inside for the Bulldogs, scoring 21 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking six shots.

"Hyman was terrific tonight," Brooks said.

In double figures for the Bulldogs were Jay Gavin with 16 points, Byron Westmorland with 15 and Eric Vann with 10.

Heading into the women’s game, on paper it looked like a mismatch with the 12-1 Lady Golden Bulls at home against a Bowie State women’s squad entering with a 7-5 mark and a two-game losing streak.

The Lady Bulldogs threw a scare into their hosts in the second half as they turned a tie at 28 into a 40-28 lead. The Lady Golden Bulls would regroup, however, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 33-11 the rest of the way. Brittane Neely’s basket with 3:37 to go gave the Lady Golden Bulls the lead at 45-44 and they would not trail again.

"We’re a pretty good team but not where we’d be considered a good team," said Lady Bulldogs head coach Donna Polk. "We’re still struggling to find ways to win." LaQwesha Gamble entered the game as the only Lady Golden Bull averaging in double figures at 11.4 points and 10.1 rebounds-per-game. The Bulldogs shut Gamble down, holding her to four points and six rebounds, but senior guard Tyra Breaux well surpassed her yearly averages as she scored 18 points and dished out eight assists. Junior Terrica Jones also helped pick up the slack as she scored 11 points.

The Lady Bulldogs’ leading scorer Teaunsha Robinson played just 11 minutes and scored two points. Juliette Turner led the way with 17 points, Chanita Jordan had 11 points and Brittney Jackson chipped in with 10.

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