Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Back on February 2, the Virginia Union men's basketball team upset then-17th ranked Bowie State on the road, snapping the Bulldogs' 22 game home winning streak. Monday saw the two teams rematch in Richmond, and Bowie State made it very clear down the stretch that it had no intention of being upset again.
Five Bulldog players scored in double-figures and the visitors shot 53 percent from the floor as Virginia Union fell to Bowie State, 101-82. Early on, it looked as though the Panthers might be on track for a regular season sweep, opening the game on a 10-0 run in front of an energetic home crowd. However, Bowie State chipped away and by halftime held a 45-41 lead.
The second half saw the Bulldogs open up the deficit and put the Panthers in a hole they were unable to climb out of. Bowie State opened up the frame on a 12-0 run and never looked back en route to the 19 point victory.
Darren Clark led the Bulldog scoring attack with 23 points, while Jay Gavin had 20. Virginia Union was led by Jamaal Blalock's 13 points. Calvin Brown had eleven and Juan Richards scored ten points.
Bowie State clinches the CIAA Northern Division with the victory, while Virginia Union falls to 15-12, 10-5 in conference play. The Panthers close out their regular season on Thursday at Elizabeth City State.