With the loss Bowling Green falls to 6-3 on the season and 4-1 at home on the year. The game counted as an exhibition contest for the Ferris State Bulldogs, who have won nine straight games counting the win over BGSU on Sunday.
"Obviously we got outplayed from the opening tip. All the credit needs to go to their staff and players. 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," said head coach Chris Jans.
Senior big man Richaun Holmes was 9-of-14 from the field and 8-of-11 from the charity stripe to lead the Falcons with 26 points. That matched his career-high, and nine rebounds. Fellow senior Jehvon Clarke added 13 points and three assists off the bench, while fellow guard Zack Denny had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes of play.
The Bulldogs were led by the duo of Drew Lehman, a Toledo native, and Josh Fleming. The two poured in 29 and 23 points apiece, respectively, accounting for 52 of Ferris State's 82 points for the contest. Fleming also added a game-high 13 rebounds, while forward Jared Stolicker tallied eight points, three rebounds and five blocks in the win.
Despite outscoring Ferris State by 18 points (42-24) in points in the paint, 11 points (21-10) in bench points and 12-7 in second chance points, the Falcons couldn't slow down the hot shooting of the Bulldogs. They connected on 14-of-24 shots (58.3 percent) in the second half overall and 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) from downtown to halt any chance of a BGSU comeback.
Ferris State opened up the game with three quick points from Fleming to take a 3-0 lead, yet the Falcons answered with jumpers from David Joseph and Anthony Henderson, followed by one free throw apiece from both Henderson and Spencer Parker to give the home team in white a 6-3 lead with 16:40 to play in the first half.
The Bulldogs would then run off seven straight points to take a 10-6 lead on a three-pointer from Lehman at the 14:59 mark of the opening half. After FSU upped its lead to five at 15-10 on a layup from Fleming with just over 12 minutes to go before the halftime break, BGSU responded with an old-fashion three-point play from Holmes, a layup down low on the block from Delvin Dickerson, and a jumper from the baseline from Clarke to retake the lead at 17-15 with 10:29 on the scoreboard.
An alley-oop from Joseph to Holmes pushed the BGSU lead to four at 19-15. However, the Falcons were unable to ride the momentum from the highlight play as Ferris State used the three-ball and the free throw line to regain the lead at 20-19 with 8:07 to play in the first half.
Over the final 8:07 of the opening frame, the Bulldogs had an answer for every Falcons' basket as BGSU was able to tie the score at 24-24 on back-to-back free throws from Henderson. Still, the visitors took a 37-36 lead into the halftime break.
Ferris State used a 13-4 run over the first three minutes of the second period to take a double digit lead at 50-40 on a three-pointer from Lehman at the 17:14 mark.
Bowling Green was able to cut the Ferris State lead to as low as eight, 56-48, on a dunk and free throw from Holmes at the 13:24 mark. The Bulldogs continued to answer with points of their own, however, as another three-pointer pushed their lead back out to double digits at 59-48 with 12:28 to go in regulation.
The hot shooting of the Bulldogs proved to be too much, as BGSU got within nine points on two separate occasions, only to see Ferris State answer with a bucket of its own to keep its lead in double digits for the final 10 minutes of the contest.
BGSU was 26-of-62 (41.9 percent) from the field overall, while the Bulldogs were 27-of-55 (49.1 percent) from the field for the game.
Ferris State totaled 27 points from behind the three-point line on 9-of-18 (50 percent) shooting, compared to the Falcons' six points on 2-of-8 (25 percent) from long distance.
Ferris State also held a 19-14 advantage in points off free throws, as the Bulldogs were 19-of-22 (86.4 percent) compared to the Falcons' 14-of-23 (60.9 percent) shooting from the charity stripe.
BGSU was also out-rebounded by the Bulldogs 40-32 for the contest.
The Falcons (6-3) will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 28, as BGSU will face Bulls of South Florida on the road (3 p.m. ET). The game is slated to be broadcasted on ESPN3.
(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics/MRO Edit)