The Falcons, who shot 52.5 percent (32-of-61) for the game overall, went 17-of-28 (60.7 percent) from the field in the second half to outscore the Bobcats 51-45 over the final 20 minutes of play to complete the come-from-behind win.
BGSU outscored the Bobcats 59-3 in bench points, as three Falcons in Spencer Parker, Antwon Lillard and Rasheed Worrell all had double digit points off the bench in the win.
Parker and Wes Alcegaire . . .
Lillard finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Worrell added 14 points, which included three highlight reel dunks, to go along with seven rebounds off the bench for the first time this year. Ismail Ali dished out a team-high six assists, as a total of nine different Falcons scored in the contest.
Ohio was led by Antonio Campbell's game-high 29 points, as the big man was 12-of-17 overall and 5-of-9 from long range on the night. Guard Jaaron Simmons added 24 points and nine assists, while Treg Setty chipped in with 16 points, six rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes of play.
No other Bobcat scored more than five points on the night.
The Falcons out-rebounded Ohio 35-25, including hauling down 11 offensive boards that led to 11 second chance points. BGSU also outscored OU 46-30 in points in the paint and 17-6 in points from the free throw line, as the Falcons were 17-of-22 (77.3 percent) from the charity stripe compared to the Bobcats who were just 6-of-8 (75 percent).
With a new starting five taking the floor for the Falcons at the opening tip, BGSU fell behind 9-0 out of the gates as the Bobcats nailed each of their first four shots to storm out to the lead on a fast break layup from Setty at the 17:45 mark of the first half.
After a layup in the lane from David Joseph got the Falcons on the scoreboard, the Bobcats continued their torrid scoring pace to push their lead out to double digits at 14-4 on a Campbell three-pointer at the 15:49 mark.
BGSU continued to hang around and a layup in the post from Worrell jump-started a 6-0 spurt by the home,who cut the lead to four at 22-18 on a jumper from Zack Denny. An Alcegaire three-pointer hit nothing but the bottom of the net less than a minute later to cap off a 9-2 run and put hosts within three at 24-21.
Ohio answered with back-to-back baskets from Setty to pull back out in front by seven before a free throw from JD Tisdale and a layup from Demajeo Wiggins left the home team down four once again at 28-24 with just under six minutes left on the clock.
The Falcons and Bobcats would trade baskets back-and-forth for the remainder of the half. BGSU was able to get to within three at 29-26 and then within a field goal at 36-34 on a second straight three-pointer from Alcegaire with just over a minute to go before the break.
Ohio added a free throw from Setty at the 1:01 mark to push the lead back out to three at 37-34. However, the Falcons got the last basket of the period on a tip-in rebound from Lillard as the first half horn sounded to send the two teams to the locker rooms with Ohio in front by one at 37-36.
After intermission, the two teams picked up where they left off as Ohio hit back-to-back three's and got a jumper from Setty to negate a layup on the block from Wiggins to give the visitors a seven point lead at 45-38 less than two minutes into the half.
That's when Parker got hot for the Falcons, as the senior scored seven straight points, around two Ohio layups, to put the Falcons within four at 49-45 with 16:15 to go in the final half of play.
Following another Campbell three-pointer to put OU back in front by seven at 52-45, the Falcons got a basket from Alcegaire to key a 12-4 run by the Falcons. The burst was highlighted by three monster dunks from Worrell, with the third slam putting the home team on top for the first time of the night at 57-56 with 9:40 to go in regulation.
An Alcegaire layup pushed the Falcons' lead to three at 59-56, yet Ohio was able to get a basket from Simmons on the next possession to move the visitors within one at 59-58.
Bowling Green was able to extend its lead out to as much as four at 64-60 and again at 66-62, only to see Ohio, with the help of two Falcon fouls, outscore BGSU 7-2 over a minute span to retake the lead at 69-68 at the 3:47 mark on a Simmons three-pointer from the top of the key.
Bowling Green answered with a baseline jumper from Alcegaire, a jumper in the paint from Parker and two free throws from Worrell to take its largest lead of the game to that point, 74-69, with 1:55 to go.
After a Simmons' layup put Ohio within one possession at 74-71, the home team picked up two straight layups from Lillard on the next two BGSU offensive possessions to push the lead to seven at 78-71 with one minute to go in the game.
Refusing to go away, OU and Simmons connected on another three-pointer with 52 seconds to play to cut the Falcons' lead to four at 78-74.
BGSU iced the game at the free throw line, as Parker, Alcegaire, Lillard and Ali combined to go 9-of-12 from the charity stripe over the final 50 seconds of play to seal the 87-82 home win and complete a regular season series sweep of the Bobcats.
BGSU (14-14, 5-10 MAC) will hit the road to face off with the Akron Zips on Friday night, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Akron. Ohio returns home to host Buffalo (4 p.m. ET) in a contest matching two teams just a game behind MAC East leader Akron, which also lost Tuesday.
(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics/MRO Edit)