Dayton, Ohio – The Bowling Green Falcons struggled offensively for the entire game on Sunday afternoon, as the Wright State Raiders defeated the Orange and Brown 83-47 at the Nutter Center.
BGSU shot just 27.5 percent (14-of-51), including going just 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from behind the three-point line in the loss. On the other side, Wright State was 26-of-50 (52 percent) overall and 13-of-28 (46.4 percent) from behind the three-point line in the win.
The Falcons, who shot . . .
Wright State had four players in double figures, led by JT Yoho's game-high 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Mark Alstork finished with 19 points and six rebounds, while Joe Thomasson added 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 31 minutes of play. Guard Grant Benzinger chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds for the Raiders.
BGSU opened up the contest making its first two shots, a driving layup from David Joseph and a three-pointer from the top of the key from Denny, to jump out to a 5-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest.
However, the Falcons then went ice cold from the floor, missing their next nine shot attempts while the Raiders used the three-point line and the charity stripe to go on a 15-1 scoring run and race out to a 15-6 lead with 11:57 to go in the first half of play.
Back-to-back free throws from Parker trimmed the WSU lead to seven at 15-8, only to see a three-ball from Yoho on the next Wright State offensive possession give the home team its largest lead of the game tothat point, 18-8, with over 11 minutes to go before the halftime break.
A driving layup along the baseline by Ali at the 10:24 mark of the first half snapped the BGSU field goal drought at 7:55 seconds as the Falcons continued to chip away at the Raiders' lead.
After a Wes Alcegaire basket down low at the 8:57 mark, which put BGSU down just six at 18-12, the Raiders answered with a 9-2 spurt, comprised of one three-pointer, four free throws and a dunk from Yoho, to push the team in white in front by 13 at 27-14 with 6:38 to go in the opening half.
BGSU got a layup from Parker 18 seconds later to jump-start the Falcons' offense, which went on an 11-3 run. That closed the gap to five at the 1:43 mark of the first half to put the score at 30-25 in favor of the Raiders.
Yet, another three-pointer from WSU, its sixth of the first half, helped the home team to outscore BGSU 5-2 over the final minute of the first half to give the Raiders a 35-27 lead at the halftime break.
The second half played out much as the first, except the offensive struggles increased for the Falcons, who made just five field goals over the final 20 minutes of play.
The Falcons got a layup from Rasheed Worrell on the right block to open up the second half and put the visitors down by just six once again at 35-29 less than a minute into the final half of play.
After five straight points from Yoho and the Raiders, BGSU answered with a left-handed lay-in basket from Denny to put the score at 40-31 with 17:13 to go in the contest.
The Denny layup was the last basket for the Falcons for a three minute stretch, as again BGSU went ice cold from the floor on the offensive end. Yet, the Raiders continued their hot shooting with 10 straight points and an overall 15-4 run to extend their lead to 22 points at 55-33 with 13:34 to go in regulation.
The Falcons picked up free throws from JD Tisdale and Ali over the next several minutes of play, while the Orange and Brown could not buy a bucket for an eight minute stretch and fell behind by 27 at 64-37on a free throw from the Raiders' Alstork.
A trey from the right wing from Fox at the 6:33 mark ended the long scoring lull for the Falcons, yet BGSU couldn't find any type of offensive rhythm over the rest of the contest.
BGSU matched Wright State with 22 points in points in the paint, however, the home team edged the Falcons 12-9 in points off turnovers and 6-5 in second chance points. WSU also outscored the Falcons 35-28 in bench points.
Bowling Green was 17-of-25 (68 percent) from the free throw line for the contest, while Wright State was 18-of-23 (78.3 percent) from the foul line on the afternoon.
The Falcons did not score a single fast break point for the game.
Bowling Green (7-4) will return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 23, when the Falcons will face off with their third straight Horizon League opponent at Cleveland State. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. in Cleveland, Ohio.
(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics)