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2017-18 MAC Basketball Recap: Bowling Green Drops Heartbreaker in Tournament Finale

Rodrick Caldwell’s 25 points not enough in loss to Abilene Christian

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The Bowling Green Falcons closed out their Creek Classic tournament trip against the Abilene Christian Wildcats. Although Rodrick Caldwell was able to drop 25 points and grab six boards, the Falcons ultimately lost the game, 88-83.

Both squads hit the paint early in the game as there was not even a three point attempt until the 14:29 mark of the first half. After the Falcons held a 2 point lead with 19:04 left, they did not lead again the rest of the first half. BGSU shot just 39% to begin while the Wildcats shot 53%, so it was only natural that Abilene Christian held a ten point lead at the half.

Second Half

It wasn’t necessarily the fact the BGSU didn’t shoot well on Sunday, it was the points they were giving up. The Falcons gave up 11 points in the first four minutes of the second half. That quickly changed, however, when they went on a quick 10-2 run to make it a game again at the under-12 minute timeout. Not long after that, Bowling Green took the lead for the first time since the first minute of the game. The rest of the second half was about as back and forth as it gets. In the last eight minutes, the Wildcats outlasted BGSU, 23-17.

Dylan Frye added 14 for the Falcons on 6 of 12 shooting, but was 0 of 4 from beyond the arch.

4 Wildcats scored in double figures, led by center Jalone Friday’s 20 points. He also added 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.

The Falcons return to action on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, when they host San Jose State at 7 p.m.