Bowling Green won its sixth straight game in what amounted to a beat down at Southeast Missouri State Tuesday evening. BG's 79-52 victory was not in doubt at any point of the final 20+ minutes of play.
A Rasheed Worrell bucket at the 2:22 mark of the first half capped an 11-0 run that put SE Missouri State by a score of 35-20.
In the second half, Denny and the Falcons came out and lit it up outside of the 3-point arc, hitting several to take what floundered around a 10-12 point lead and made it about a 20-point advantage. The Falcons hit 7-10 from distance in the second half and went 10-18 from the mark in the game. Denny finished with 18 points to tie teammate Spencer Parker for the game lead.
The Redhawks employed a 1-3-1 zone that left the baseline defender at the back of the zone isolated for much of the first half. BG hit backdoor passes and grabbed a couple offensive rebounds that resulted in points to cause Se Mo St. to drop its three men in the middle a bit more towards the basket. BG attacked that by getting the ball at the top of the key and distributing passes to the wings. In essence, the Falcons picked the zone apart. It was namely David Joseph who played the role of facilatator, as he dished out all six of his assists over the first 20 minutes.
The Falcons rebounded, assisted, shot defended, did about everything that could have been done on the court, better than the Redhawks. Part of the reason that Se Mo State was able to grab 19 offensive boards (one of the lone bright spots on the night) was due to the amount of misses it incurred. 23 assists has to be another total that new coach Michael Huger has to be pleased with. Assuredly, he's pleased with BG's 7-2 record in what was supposed to be a down year. 9 assists came from the hands of Ismail Ali, close to a season-high (he had 10 against Urbana).
BG was able to shut down two of the 'Hawks more talented players, as Antonius Cleveland ended the night with 8 points on 16 shots, while their leading scorer, Isiah Jones, had just 12.