Bare lifts WCU past Bowie State

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

Fresh­man guard Zach Bare hit a jumper in the lane with six­teen sec­onds re­main­ing, putting West Ch­ester on top for good, en route to a 94-92 non­league men’s bas­ket­ball vic­tory over Bowie State in­side Hollinger Field House Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Trail­ing by seven with 3:07 to play, West Ch­ester (3-2) closed out the game on a 14-5 run, fu­eled by seven points from Ma­lik Jackson (Lans­downe, Pa./ Penn Wood), who drained a 3-pointer from 22 feet with 44 ticks left to pull the hosts within one (92-91) late.

Jackson then came up with a steal on the Bull­dogs’ next pos­ses­sion. His jumper did not fall, but Tim Toro came up with the of­fen­sive re­bound that led to Bare’s game-win­ner. Miko Jenk­ins hit one of two free throws with three sec­onds re­main­ing to give West Ch­ester its fi­nal mar­gin of vic­tory over Bowie State (2-3).

Bare fin­ished with a game-high, and ca­reer-best, 26 points while Jackson put up 19 to go along with five re­bounds, four as­sists and four steals. Matt Penecale posted 14 points and dished out eight as­sists.

The back-and-forth con­test saw eight lead changes and four ties in 40 min­utes of ac­tion while West Ch­ester’s first-year play­ers (Bare, Jenk­ins and Toro) de­liv­ered clutch plays down the stretch to help se­cure the home win.

The win kept West Ch­ester per­fect against Bowie State in six tries in the all­time series. The Golden Rams hit a sea­son-best 14 3-point­ers in the game (14for-32). Head coach Damien Blair’s squad upped its win­ning streak to three straight, af­ter open­ing the sea­son with a pair of losses. The Rams are 3-0 when they lead at half­time so far this win­ter.

West Ch­ester be­gins a five-game road swing on Tues­day at Bloom­field Col­lege in New Jer­sey.

Joshua Davis recorded his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive dou­ble-dou­ble, but it was not enough in the non­league de­feat. The loss drops the LU men’s pro­gram to 0-6 on the sea­son. Davis was lone Lions player in dou­ble fig­ures with 16 points (5-12 FG, 6-6 FT). He also grabbed a ca­reer-high 13 re­bounds. The se­nior small for­ward also had a ca­reer-high five steals. Ver­non Young added nine points (3-6 FG, 3-3 FT) and six re­bounds, while Sean James and Malachi Seney also scored nine points. The Lions trailed by 15, 79-64, with 5:50 left and em­barked on a 10-1 run to close the gap to six at 80-74 with 3:30 left. High­light­ing the run was a pair of three­p­oint­ers from James. Lin­coln how­ever would not score in their fi­nal four pos­ses­sions.

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