BOWLING GREEN -- Senior guard Wes Alcegaire erupted for a career-high 25 points as Bowling Green broke a two-game slide by defeating Miami 83-72 Tuesday at the Stroh Center.
It was the second win for BGSU (9-13, 3-6 MAC) over its last seven outings. Miami, meanwhile, lost for the sixth time in eight games, and the RedHawks (9-13, 2-7 MAC) remained winless on the road this season.
Alcegaire did most . . .
Also aiding the BGSU cause was a 16-10 advantage in turnovers. By the end of the evening, Miami would total 24 to 14 for the home squad
Bowling Green used the boards to maintain a comfortable double-digit lead and hold off a late Miami push. After breaking even with 15 caroms apiece over the first 20 minutes, BGSU out-rebounded the RedHawks 16-12 in the final period.
Fifteen of the Falcons 31 boards came on the offensive glass, enabling Bowling Green to get off 57 shots to Miami’s 46. That helped offset a 65 percent shooting performance from the field by MU after intermission. Miami went 26 of 46 (56.5%) for the game, while BGSU was 25 of 57 (43.9%).
With Alcegaire cooling off in the second period and the RedHawks offense beginning to find the mark, MU was at least able to tread water for a while.
Bowling Green led 69-54 after Ismail Ali hit a bucket with 7:01 remaining. That proved to be the last Falcon field goal, but BGSU would nonetheless salt the game away at the charity triple. Bowling Green shot 18 free throws the rest of the way, cashing in on 14.
Miami pulled as close as eight points, 75-67, with 1:18 left, but BGSU got the ball to Zach Denny, and he provided 7 of 8 Falcons free throws down the stretch. Bowling Green hit 23 of 31 charity tosses on the evening. Miami made 12 of 16 tries.
Denny and Malik Hluchoweckyj scored 10 points apiece to round out the Falcons double-figure scoring.
Jake Wright tallied 16 points to lead Miami. Logan McLane netted 14 points, followed by Michael Weathers (13) and Darius Harper (10).
Bowling Green completes a three-game homestand Saturday (4 p.m. ET) when it hosts rival Toledo.
Miami will begin a three-game homestand Saturday against Kent State (3:30 p.m. ET).