AB Men’s Basketball Defeats Bulldogs 81-78 in OT

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- An 18-point lead and regulation were not enough as Alderson Broaddus men’s basketball prevailed over Bowie State 81-78 in overtime Sunday at the Butcher Center.

The Battlers (1-1) did not need to wait until the second half for senior Kurklin Bohanon to put points on the board against the Bulldogs as he did in Saturday night’s opener. Bohanon nailed a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight first-half points to help propel AB to an early 18-point lead.

Bowie State trailed 36-24 at the intermission and shot just 30 percent in the opening period. Second chance points helped bolster the blue and gold offense as AB cleaned up the glass and tallied 17 in the first half.

The Bulldogs (0-2) stormed out of the locker room and nibbled away at the AB advantage until they captured their first lead going up 61-60 with 5:04 left in regulation. Bowie State’s offensive explosion was led by Byron Westmoreland, who scored a team-high 31 points and went 10-of-24 from the floor with four 3-pointers.

AB fell behind as Bowie State shot 60 percent in the final period and built up a four-point lead in the final four minutes.

Bohanon connected on a late trey to tie the game and senior O’Dell Eargle gave the Battlers a 71-69 lead with close to a minute left, but Bowie State’s Najee White hit an overtime-forcing jumper as time expired.

The lead changed hands four times in overtime and the Battlers went 8-for-8 from the charity stripe to capture the lead and the season’s first victory.

Bohanon and Eargle compiled double-double performances in the win; both scored 22 points and pulled down 11 and 10 rebounds respectively. Eargle also collected a pair of blocks, junior Stuart Clark led AB with five assists and senior Casey Ainsle had 10 points.

The Battlers return to Rex Pyles Arena for the home opener versus Concord Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m.