Bowling Green, Ohio – The Bowling Falcons fell behind by double digits early in the contest and were unable to overcome the early deficit in an 82-59 home loss to Canisius College on Saturday afternoon in the second round
The loss ends BG’s season at 21-12 overall. Bowling Green’s 21 wins is a nine game improvement on last year's win total of 12 victories and is the first 20-win season for the Falcons since the 2001-02 team totaled 24 victories.
"It's a tough way to end the season. For those that have been to most of the games or have followed us, it certainly was not one of our better efforts. It was borderline uninspiring, at least from where I sat," BG head coach Chris Jans said. "I'm disappointed that the season ended that way. I can't put my finger on it. We've had pretty good practices leading up to this game, good energy. We got Richaun back today, which I thought would give us a boost, but for whatever reason we just couldn't get them going."
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Canisius had four players in double figures, led by Josiah Heath's 23 points. Fellow starters Jeremiah Williams and Jamal Reynolds finished with 16 points apiece, while off the bench Kassius Robertson added 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting overall.
The Falcons were outscored 38-16 in points in the paint and 16-2 in fast break points for the contest, as the Golden Griffins shot 49.2 percent (31-of-63) from the field overall and 40.7 percent (11-of-27) from behind the three-point line over the 40 minutes of play.
Bowling Green came out of the opening tip flat, and the visitors in navy blue and yellow built up an early 13-3 lead on an old-fashion three-point play by Reynolds at the 16 minute mark.
A three-pointer from Denny off the right wing put the Falcons down seven at 13-6. However, BGSU could not stop the hot-shooting Griffs, who nailed two three-pointers and got two layups down low from Heath and Williams to take a 17-point lead at 25-8 with 10:25 to go in the opening frame.
A 6-0 run by the Orange and Brown trimmed the Canisius lead to 11 at 25-14, yet the Falcons couldn't get any closer over the next several minutes and saw a second three-pointer from Denny at the 5:52 mark leave BGSU down 11 once again, this time at 30-19.
Canisius twice extended its lead out to 17 points over the final five minutes of the first half, only to see BGSU close the half out with back-to-back jumpers from Denny and David Joseph to cut the Griffs lead to 13 at 38-25 at intermission.
Four straight points from Holmes to open up the second half put the Falcons within single digits at 38-29 with still over 19 minutes to go in the game.
BGSU battled the Griffs over the next five minutes of play and used nine straight points from the senior duo of Anthony Henderson and Clarke to get the home team within seven points at 45-38 with 14:32 in regulation. However, the Griffs answered with a 15-2 run,
Bowling Green made a last chance run at the Golden Griffins to cut the visitors lead to 13 at 64-51 on a jumper in the lane from Clarke at the 7:11 mark, yet failed to put together a string of stops and baskets over the final seven minutes of the game as the Canisius pulled away for the 82-59 win.
The Falcons committed 11 turnovers which led to 14 Canisius points, while the Griffs shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) overall for the second half, including going 7-of-14 (50 percent) from long range.
(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics/MRO Edit)