Bowling Green improves to 13-9 (4-5 MAC) with the victory, while Ohio drops to 9-12 (2-7 MAC) with the loss.
The Bowling Green defense . . .
Offensively, the Falcons received big efforts from juniors Demajeo Wiggins and Antwon Lillard. Wiggins racked up 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Lillard posted 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and four steals.
Bowling Green raced out to a 41-19 halftime lead, and the Bobcats never recovered from an opening 20 minutes of play in which they shot just 20.7 percent (6-of-29) from the floor.
"I was very pleased with the way that we played in the first half,” BG coach Michael Huger said. “We defended extremely well, played very hard, and we rebounded well. As a group, we were able to take away the three-point shooting." – Coach Huger
Ohio outscored Bowling Green by a 31-25 count in the second half, but Bowling Green never led by less than 14 points in the second half.
"We had one assist in the first half. We had three assists on the game. We worked on a bunch of things in practice, and none of them had to with creating for your own off the dribble," said fourth-year head coach Saul Phillips.
"We were extremely impatient, sloppy with the basketball at times. Outlets to the other team, post feeds to the other team. It's real simple: we can be good if we start to execute offensively as we do daily in practice. Why that translation hasn't been made? Boy, if I knew, it would be fixed."
Freshman guard Teyvion Kirk matched his career high with 20 points to lead Ohio. No other Bobcat had more than eight points.
(Courtesy BGSU and OU Athletics)