Bowie State earned its spot in the CIAA semifinals.
Julian Livingston’s 3-pointer with .3 seconds in regulation and Ahmaad Wilson’s last-second basket in overtime lifted the Bulldogs to a 73-71 win against St. Augustine’s Thursday at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bowie State will play North No. 1 seed Virginia State Friday at 7 p.m.
Bowie State (17-12) battled from a 12-point deficit in the first half to force overtime on Livingston’s heave from beyond NBA range forced overtime at 64-all and the Bulldogs won it on Wilson’s dagger with 2 seconds left.
“We were kind of dead in the water with two seconds left,” Bowie State coach Darrell Brooks said, “but I thought we defended and played tough to get back in the game.”
Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, paced by Miles Jackson’s 16 points and team-best eight rebounds. Anthony Gaskins paced St. Augustine’s (11-16) with 28 points as the Falcons outscored Bowie State in the paint 34-10. Bowie State, seeded third in the North, countered with a 38-10 advantage from the bench.
“I told my guys they have to finish plays,” St. Augustine’s coach MarQus Johnson said. “Bowie State made one more play than us. …We had our chances but just came up short.”
Virginia State 71, Fayetteville State 57: The Trojans (21-5) hit 54.2 percent of their shots in the second half to pull away from the Broncos (14-15). Kevin Williams paced Virginia State with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Elijah Moore added 15 points and seven boards.
Michael Tyson was the only player to hit double digits for Fayetteville State with 10 points.