Chris Jans has coached just three games at Bowling Green State University. Yet his name is already being used in the same sentence as legendary Falcon head coach Harold Anderson. The Falcons moved to 3-0 on the young season tonight as they defeated the visiting Southeast Missouri State Redhawks at the Stroh Center, 62-54.
With the win, Jans becomes the first coach to begin his career at Bowling Green with three straight victories since Anderson did it in the 1942-43 season. Of course, Jans still has some work to do if he wants to break the all-time BGSU record because Anderson won his first 14 games that season. This year's 3-0 start by the Falcons is also their first since the 1999-2000 season, when they won the Mid-American Conference regular season title.
The Falcons used a similar script in this one just as they did in their previous two games this year, relying on team balance and contributions from nearly everyone on the roster. Ten different players got into the scoring column for the Falcons in the game and junior guard David Joseph was the only Falcon not score, but he lead the team with four assists. Senior center Richaun Holmes led the Falcons with 14 points and also had seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Zach Denny came off the bench with nine points, five rebounds and three steals. The Bowling Green bench had outscored opponents 75-29 on the season and it continued tonight with the Falcon subs outscoring the Redhawk bench 30-15.
The first half was a seesaw affair with the Falcons holding a 26-23 lead at the intermission. The Falcons took the lead for good in the second half at the 10:43 mark when junior guard Jovan Austin split a pair of free throws to make the score 39-38. Bowling Green stretched their lead to 48-43 with 6:58 to play on a Holmes free throw. The Falcons cruised to the victory from that point, hitting their free throws down the stretch.
Junior forward Spencer Parker chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds. The Falcons shot 40 percent (23-57) from the field, including just 15 percent from 3-point (2-13). The Falcons won the battle of the boards, 38-30 and forced Southeast Missouri State into 17 turnovers.
The Falcons return to action on Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.) when they travel to the Motor City to take on the University of Detroit Titans of the Horizon League. The Titans are 4-2 on the year and coming off an impressive 82-79 win over the Toledo Rockets in the Progressive Legends Classic.