Bare lifts WCU past Bowie State
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.