It was University of the District of Columbia senior Lyndon DeBellotte night and the 6-foot-3 guard had a ball.

Thanks to his unselfish teammates, DeBellotte poured in a career high 44 points as UDC easily brushed aside Bowie State, 109-81, in the Firebirds' final home game at the Physical Activities Center.

"I didn't want this one to end," said DeBellotte, who played all but seven seconds, coming out to a standing ovation by the 618 fans. "I was having high school flashbacks {he led the metropolitan area in scoring while a senior all-Met at Cardozo}. My teammates decided to let me shoot all night since it was my last game here. It was a perfect way to go out."

DeBellotte's point total came on 17 of 32 shooting from the field, six of nine from three-point range, and four of four free throws. He also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

UDC Coach Wil Jones deviated from his emphasis on balanced team play to give his fifth-year senior his just due. "I had to let him go tonight," Jones said. "He has earned it. He was playing well tonight and that elevated his confidence."

The Firebirds, who forfeited 11 games this week because of an ineligible player (they were 20-4 before the ruling), won their fourth consecutive game to raise their record to 12-15 with one game remaining at Virginia Union Saturday night.

A better script could not have been written for DeBellotte. He made his first attempt of the night from 22 feet out and went on to score 16 points as UDC built a 21-point advantage before settling for a 44-32 lead at the half.