It was just the second ever win in the Stroh Center for Eastern Michigan (10-6, 2-1 MAC). In addition, the 28-point win over BGSU (7-9, 1-2 MAC) was the Eagles biggest victory over a Mid-American Conference opponent since Eastern knocked off Ohio University at the EMU Convocation Center, 76-40, back on Jan. 27, 2014.
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Eastern Michigan's offense was led by senior Willie Mangum IV's 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting with three long balls. Mangum also added a perfect 6-for-6 performance from the charity stripe.
Both sophomore James Thompson IV and senior Ty Toney added 16 points, respectively. In addition, Thompson grabbed 11 rebounds, posting his ninth double-double of the 2016-17 campaign, while Toney dished out four assists and nabbed two steals. junior Tim Bond posted 14 points, five assists, three rebounds and a block in the Green and White's dominant victory.
A Bowling Green 3-ball opened up the scoring and, on the following possession, Toney connected on a long ball to knot the game. Another Toney bucket gave EMU its first lead of the game with 16:32 left in the period.
After trading buckets, Toney again sparked the Eagles to an 11-0 run over two minutes to give EMU a double-digit, 22-12, lead with 10:43 remaining in the first 20 minutes of play.
Bowling Green scored the next four points, but Eastern responded with six in a row to take a 12-point, 28-16, advantage.
Eastern moved up by 13 on a Quaran Jones lay-in, but the Falcons closed out the first half on an 10-4 run over the remaining 2:45. EMU went into the locker room with a 36-29 lead despite not shooting a single free throw in the opening frame.
Toney was Eastern's top gun in the opening half, scoring 13 points in the first 20 minutes of action. The Eagles shot at a scorching 53.1 percent clip in the opening frame, while also getting it done on the defensive end. They forced Bowling Green into nine first half turnovers. Bond added six points, three rebounds, three assists and a block in the opening frame, while Thompson went for six points and six rebounds to go along with a block and an assist.
Eastern jumped out on a 10-0 run to start the second half, expanding its lead to 17, 46-29. EMU then added two more to its advantage before a 7-0 run from the Falcons cut into the Eagles' lead, 50-38, with 12:17 remaining in the game.
Eastern Michigan finished off the Falcons with a 14-2 run, sparked by seven Mangum points over a four minute span. Up by 28 points, 77-49, at the 2:29 mark EMU closed out the game to the tune of an 81-53 score. It was the Eagles largest margin of victory over an NCAA Division I opponent this season.
Just two Falcons reached double figures. Senior Zach Denny led with 14 points, followed by 6-10 sophomore Demajeo Wiggins' 11 points and seven rebounds.
Eastern remains on the road to continue MAC play Saturday when it travels to Athens, Ohio to square off with Ohio University. The Bobcats and Eagles will tangle at 3:30 p.m. inside the OU Convocation Center. Bowling Green will host Northern Illinois, beginning with a noon (ET) tipoff.