Bulldogs close out regular season with tough victory over Rams

Friday, March 02, 2007

ORANGEBURG—The South Carolina State University Bulldogs ( 13-16) closed out the regular season in fashion with a impressive non-conference victory 89 -82 over Winston-Salem State University ( 5-24 ) at the Smith-Hammond- Middleton Memorial Center Friday night in Orangeburg on Senior Night.

Senior Brian Mason had a career night with 19 points and 16 rebounds, while junior Robert Baker tossed 19 in the victory. Senior guard Travis Jones and senior forward Brian Mason both were honored before the game closing out their Bulldog careers.

The Rams were led by junior forward Darrell Wong with 24 points and senior forward Norman Carter added 15 points. Jamal Durhman and Brain Fisher both tossed in 14 each.

The game was pretty much even throughout the first half until the Bulldogs sparked a 6-0 run led by two free-throws by junior guard Derrick Davis to push the lead to 20-14 with 8:34 left in the half. A three-pointer by the Rams’ freshman guard Brain Fisher cut the lead to 20-17 at the 8:17 mark.

Senior forward Brian Mason then responded with a three-pointer to give the Bulldogs a six point lead, 23-17 with 7:20 left in the half. A jumper by junior guard Robert Baker gave SC State’s its biggest lead of the half eight, 27-19 at the 5:33 mark.

Winston-Salem’s State Brain Fisher then responded with a three-pointer to cut SC State’s lead t o six, 31-25 with 3:27 left in the half. The Bulldog’s Marcus McCants three-pointer put SC State in the lead 34-25. A lay up by senior forward Norman Carter with no time remaining closed out the half with SC State leading 34-29.

The second half was all the Bulldogs taking a commanding ten point lead 48-38 with 13:39 left in the game. The Rams battled back to cut the lead to five, 58-53 on a lay up by Jamal Durham. The Bulldogs proved to be too much down the stretch as the Bulldogs shot 35-43 from the free-throw to seal the 89-82 victory.

SC State will travel to Raleigh, NC to compete in the first round of the MEAC Tournament on Thursday ,March 8.