With the win, BGSU finished its regular season non-conference slate at 9-4. The nine regular season non-conference wins for the Falcons on the season are the most by a BGSU team since the 2006-07 team posted 10 non-conference victories over its regular season slate.
The Falcons were 34-of-66 (51.5 percent) shooting . . .
Zack Denny registered his second straight double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Falcons, while off the bench freshman Antwon Lillard added a career-high 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes of play. Junior guard Ismail Ali pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, while BGSU's big guys -- Demajeo Wiggins and Rasheed Worrell -- finished with nine and eight points apiece, respectively.
The Oaks were led by senior Matt Lucas' team-high 16 points on 6-of-19 shooting and Addison Wagler's 10 points. Andrew Scott chipped in with seven points off the bench for OCU, while three different players grabbed a team-high five rebounds in the loss.
After a 10-day break between games, BGSU looked sluggish at the start of the contest as Oakland City took a 2-0 lead on a Lucas jumper to open the game and then again at 4-2 on a jumper by Byron Dulin in the lane with 18:20 to go in the opening half.
BGSU, who was 1-of-6 from the floor to start the game, tied the score up at 4-4 on free throws from Wes Alcegaire, before a slashing Alcegaire dropped in a finger roll layup at the 15:34 mark of the first half to give the home team a two-point lead at 6-4.
A fast break layup from Worrell and a three-pointer from the right wing from Denny added to the 9-0 run by the Falcons who took an 11-4 lead over the Mighty Oaks and refused to look back for the remainder of the contest.
Following a three-pointer from OCU's Scott, which put the visitors in blue down just four at 11-7, the Falcons used five straight points from Denny, a jumper from Worrell and a three-pointer from David Joseph over a three minute stretch to give the home team a 12-point lead at 21-9 with 9:02 to go in the first half.
The next two BGSU baskets would come in exciting fashion, as Lillard took an alley-oop inbounds pass from Joseph along the baseline and slammed it home with two hands to put the Falcons back in front by 11 at 23-12. Just under a minute later, Lillard soared through the air to grab an offensive rebound and flush it down to give him four straight points and a 13-point lead at 25-12 with 7:11 to go before the halftime break.
Oakland City used the three-ball to get to as close as eight twice over the remainder of the opening half. However, BGSU continued to score efficiently on the offensive end to push the lead back out to 11 at 33-22 on a reverse layup from Wiggins at the 2:57 mark.
The Orange and Brown closed the final 1:25 of the first half out on a 7-0 run, highlighted by a two-handed jam from JD Tisdale, to head into the locker room in front by 15 at 40-25 at the halftime intermission.
BGSU, who entered the game at 7-0 on the year when leading at the halftime break, kept true to its season trend, as the Falcons opened up the second half with a thunderous alley-oop dunk from Spencer Parker to Worrell and two straight free throws from Parker to extend the Falcons' lead to 19 at 44-25 with just over 19 minutes to go in the game.
The Oaks refused to go away and answered with six straight points of their own, outscoring the Falcons 13-5 over the next four minutes of play to trim the BGSU lead to 11 at 49-38 on a jumper from Wagler from the right wing.
With over 15 minutes still to go in the contest, the Falcons' increased the energy and intensity on both ends of the floor to fly out on a 17-0 run, highlighted by six points apiece from both Wiggins and Lillard, to push the home team's lead to 68-38 with 8:56 left in regulation.
Going to his bench, head coach Michael Huger's squad pushed the lead out to as much as 33 over the final eight minutes of the contest and got points from Matt Fox, Malik Hluchoweckyj, Garrett Mayleben and Brandon Busuttil in route to the 87-56 non-conference win.
Bowling Green (9-4) will open up MAC play at home on Wednesday night, Jan. 6, versus the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on BCSN and ESPN3.
(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics)