The Bowling Green athletic department had billed the game as #overflowthestroh night. I don't think they meant overflowing it with missed three point shots by the Falcons.
The Miami RedHawks came into the Stroh Center and handed the Mid-American Conference east division leading Falcons a 67-56 setback. Bowling Green is now tied for the lead in the east with Kent State, who held off the Ball State Cardinals on Wednesday night. The Falcons are now 9-4 in the MAC and 17-7 overall. The RedHawks are now 10-16 and 5-8 on the season, after snapping Bowling Green's four-game winning streak.
The Falcons broke open a close game in the first half and took a 22-13 lead with 6:16 left in the half on a Jehvon Clarke three pointer. But Miami then went on an 11-2 run of their own to tie the game at 24-24 on a three pointer by Will Sullivan. The Falcons would go on to take a 33-31 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, the Falcons would maintain a small edge until Miami finally took the lead at the 11:23 mark on a Jaryd Eustace layup. The RedHawks would never trail again in the game. The Falcons would go almost eight minutes without a field goal, enabling the RedHawks to build a seven point cushion.
Down the stretch, Miami was able to make their free throws and never allowed Bowling Green to get back into the game. The RedHawks finished 20-21 from the line for the game, good for 95 percent. Miami had three players score in double figures, with Eustace having 14, Geovonie McKnight with 13, and Sullivan with 11. McKnight led the team in rebounds with 10 and also had three assist and two steals.
Richaun Holmes had another big game for the Falcons with 21 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks and two steals. But he had little help as none of his teammates scored more than seven points. The Falcons seemed to be enthralled with the three point shot all night as 26 of their 50 shots from the field came from behind the arc. Making it worse was the fact that Bowling Green managed just 6 of 26 shooting (23%) from the three point line in the game.
The Falcons will remain at home this Saturday to face the Buffalo Bulls, who went on the road tonight and beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Bulls are just two games behind BG and Kent State in the east division. Miami will travel to Akron on Saturday night to face the Zips.
|Player||Miami ||Bowling Green
|Points||J. Eustace (14)||R. Holmes (21)|
|Rebounds||G. McKnight (10)||R. Holmes (12)|
|Assists||E. Washington (4)||A. Henderson (3)|
|Blocks||C. Bryant (1)||R. Holmes (5)|
|Steals||G. McKnight (2)||R. Holmes (2)|