Maybe we should hold off on the fitting for those MAC championship rings? NCAA Division II member Ferris State waltzed into the Stroh Center on Sunday and upset the Bowling Green Falcons, 82-68.
The 82 points the Bulldogs scored is the most given up by the Falcons this year. Scoring that many points against the Falcons this year is something teams like Dayton, Detroit and Cleveland State couldn't do. So to say that the Bowling Green player's minds seemed to be already on Christmas break would be an understatement. The Falcons will have a week off before they play again.
But Ferris State didn't sneak up on the Falcons according to head coach Chris Jans. "Obviously we got outplayed from the opening tip. All the credit needs to go to their staff and players," said Jans. "We knew coming into the game that we were playing a hot opponent. They had won eight in a row. From the video and scouting, they're a good basketball team. They proved it today,"
Bowling Green outscored Ferris State 42-24 in points in the paint and 21-10 in bench points, yet the Bulldogs shot 50 percent (9-of-18) from the three-point line and 86.4 percent (19-of-22) from the free throw line to hand the Falcons their first home loss of the season.
The Bulldogs had a just a 37-36 halftime lead, but went on a 13-4 run to start the second half to extend their lead to double figures. The Falcons made a couple of runs at the Bulldogs in the second half, but the visitors always seemed to have an answer.
The Bulldogs shot an amazing 27-55 (49%) from the field for the game and outscored the Falcons 27-6 from the three-point line. The Bulldogs also won the battle of the boards, 40-32.
Senior Richaun Holmes once again led the Falcons offensively with 26 points and nine rebounds. Teammates Jehvon Clarke added 13 points and three assists and Zack Denny had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.
The Bulldogs were led by the duo of Drew Lehman and Josh Fleming, as the two scored 29 and 23 points respectively, accounting for 52 of Ferris State's 82 points for the game.
The Falcons (6-3) will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 28, on the road against the South Florida Bulls at 3 p.m. ET. The game is slated to be broadcasted on ESPN3.