The Bowling Green Falcons proved tonight that sometimes...you just need to get away. The Falcons traveled to Athens Tuesday night and beat the Ohio Bobcats, 76-65. Funny how a three-plus hour bus ride can do wonders for a basketball team.
The win for Bowling Green was much needed after losing back-to-back home games last week and falling out of the lead in the Mid-American Conference east division. The Falcons are now 10-5 in the MAC and 18-8 on the year. The Falcons are now tied with Kent State for the MAC east lead after the Golden Flashes were beaten by Miami tonight. The Bobcats fall to 4-11 and 9-16 on the season.
The Falcons broke open a tight game midway through the first half when they went on a 12-0 run to take a 27-16 lead. In fact, Bowling Green would outscore the Bobcats 23-6 over the final 6:30 of the first half to take a 40-22 at the intermission. The Bobcats would go scoreless the last 3:41 of the half.
Ohio continued to dig a hole for themselves in the second half, as the Falcons built leads of 20 points or more numerous times. Bowling Green took their biggest lead at 62-39 on a 3-pointer by Spencer Parker with 9:27 left in the game.
The Falcons did a get a bit sloppy down the stretch and allow the Bobcats to pull back within nine points with just 40 seconds left, but the outcome was really never in question. The Falcons shot a blistering 45 percent for the game on 29 of 65 shooting. However, their troubles with the 3-point shot continued as they managed just 4 of 17 for 23 percent.
Parker led the Falcons with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jehvon Clarke finished with 13 points, while Richuan Holmes added 11 and Anthony Henderson had 10. Holmes scored the 1,000 point for his Falcon career tonight. The Falcons dominated on the boards finishing with a 48-31 edge in rebounds.
Maurice Ndour led the Bobcats in scoring with 23 points. Antonio Campbell added 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Stevie Taylor added 12 points and five assists for Ohio.
Bowling Green will stay on the road and travel to Oxford to face the Miami Redhawks on Saturday. Then they'll return home next Tuesday in what is looming as a showdown game with Kent State. Meanwhile, the Bobcats will travel to Akron to face the Zips this Saturday.
|Player||Ohio ||Bowling Green
|Points||M. Ndour (23)||S. Parker (19)|
|Rebounds||A. Campbell (12)||S. Parker (12)|
|Assists||S. Taylor (5)||A. Henderson (3)|
|Blocks||M. Ndour (1)||R. Holmes (2)|
|Steals||S. Taylor (3)||J, Clarke (2)|