The Bowling Green athletic department and its fans are probably big believers in karma right now as the men's basketball team got the week started off right in Detroit!
Richaun Holmes hit a runner at the buzzer to give the Falcons a 64-63 win over the host Detroit Mercy Titans on Sunday afternoon. The win moves the Falcons to 4-0 on the year and new head coach Chris Jans has created some energy around the basketball program for the first time in a long while.
Meanwhile, the Falcons' football team is preparing to play in the Motor City on Friday for the Mid-American Conference Championship at Ford Field against the Northern Illinois Huskies. The Falcon faithful hopes Detroit remains kind to them at least for another six days.
Against the Titans, the Falcons squandered a double-digit lead in the second half to need the heroics of Holmes to remain undefeated on the year. In fact, the Falcons were in control throughout the first half and most of the second half. Bowling Green had a 54-44 advantage with 11:21 left in the game after a jumper by Zack Denny. The Titans would then go on a 13-2 run to take their first lead since the game's opening minutes, 57-56.
The game went back and forth and the Falcons took the lead back, 62-61 on a jumper from Jehvon Clarke with just 1:08 to play. Then Holmes blocked a shot and BG got the ball back with 45 seconds left. The Falcons ran the clock down but a Jovan Austin three point shot missed the mark. Detroit raced down court and got a jumper from Juwan Howard, Jr. to take a 63-62 lead with 2.4 seconds left on the clock.
In-bounding the ball under their own basket, the Falcons threw a pass to near mid-court that was knocked out of bounds by the Titans. With 2.2 on the clock, Holmes took the in bounds pass near the top of the key and dribbled twice along the right side before hitting the runner off the glass as time expired. The referees reviewed the play before confirming that Holmes did indeed get the shot off before the buzzer sounded.
Holmes was a beast in this game, dominating on both ends of the floor and setting new career highs in points and rebounds for a game. He finished with 26 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots. The Titans had no answer for Holmes, who went 10-12 (83%) from the field, including the only 3-pointer he attempted, and 5-7 from the free throw line.
No other Falcon scored in double figures, however, Clarke and Austin both scored nine points and had three assists apiece off the bench. Howard, Jr. and Anton Wilson lead the Titans in scoring with 14 and 13 points respectively.
The Titans, who were coming off an 82-79 win against the MAC's Toledo Rockets in the Progressive Legends Classic in Toledo earlier this week, fall to 4-3 on the year.
The Falcons will take their undefeated record to Western Kentucky to take on the Hilltoppers on Wednesday night.