The Raiders men’s basketball team limited host Bowie State to just three points in the final 8:16 Sunday to come away with a 47-39 victory over the Bulldogs in a matinee at A.C. Jordan Arena.
How it happened
Shippensburg (4-3) limited Bowie State (1-8) to 28-percent shooting and closed the game on a 16-3 run to raise its record above .500. The Raiders trailed 37-31 with 8:16 remaining but allowed just one field goal the rest of the way, as the Bulldogs did not score a point in the final 5:18 of the game.
SU maintained a 23-20 lead at the intermission after a low-scoring first half. The two teams combined for 21 first-half turnovers. There were also no free-throw attempts in the first half. Overall, the two teams combined to shoot 5-for-30 (17 percent) from three-point range.
The Raiders won despite shooting just 34 percent (31 percent in the second half) and totaling its fewest points in a game since December 2013. The SU defense, meanwhile, allowed its fewest points since November 2016. Bowie shot 23 percent in the second half and not have a player score in double figures.
In the box score
Redshirt-sophomore Rashon Johnson (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz (Highland C.C.)) was the only player on either team to post double figures. Johnson was 6-of-11 off the bench and scored 12 points. He added five rebounds and two steals.
Junior Carlos Carter (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) had nine points and eight rebounds. Carter and senior Kiyon Hardy (Philadelphia, Pa./The Shipley School (Kutztown)) each made one three-pointer; the lone three-pointers of the day for the Raiders. Hardy finished with eight points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds.
Redshirt-junior Dom Sleva (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) contributed eight points, nine rebounds and two assists. Graduate Jake Biss (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) returned from injury to make his season debut and finished with eight points, four rebounds and two steals.
Shippensburg’s men’s basketball is back in action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Clarion.