Redshirt-senior guard Anthony Henderson led the way with a season-high 17 points, as the sharp-shooter was 6-for-12 overall and 3-for-6 from behind the three-point line in the win. Senior Richaun Holmes posted his third double-double of the season and the 11th of his career with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and three assists, while sophomore Zack Denny registered his second straight double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Off the bench, junior Delvin Dickerson matched his BGSU career-high with 12 points, as the forward was 5-of-9 shooting for the game.
The Eagles were led by Tim Bond's 13 points and three blocks off the bench, while starting guard Raven Lee added 11 points on just 3-of-11 shooting for the contest.
BGSU improved to 12-4 overall with the win and is off to a 4-1 start in MAC play for the first time since 2004-05. Eastern Michigan falls to 12-6 overall and 1-4 in the MAC with the loss.
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BGSU was 25-of-55 (45.5 percent) from the floor overall on the offensive end, but was 11-of-25 (44 percent) from behind the three-point line, tying its season-high in made three-pointers in a single game this season. The Falcons also had 17 assists on the 25 made baskets and out-rebounded EMU 39-35 for the game.
The trend of the game started with the first basket of the contest as Henderson hit a three-pointer from the right wing to put the home team on the scoreboard first at the 18:59 mark of the opening half.
After the two teams traded three-pointers and the lead minutes later, EMU used a 7-0 run, capped off by two made free throws from Bond, to forge a five-point lead at 12-7 with 14:25 to go in the first half.
An alley-oop pass from Jehvon Clarke to Dickerson over top of the EMU zone for a two-handed slam minutes later jump-started a 14-3 run by the Falcons who took an eight-point lead at the 8:51 mark on a layup by Henderson on the right block following an offensive rebound.
Minutes later, BGSU got back-to-back baskets from Dickerson and two free throws from Henderson to push its lead to nine at 29-20, only to see EMU answer with four quick points from Anali Okoloji to trim the lead back to five at 29-24 with just over four minutes to go before the halftime break.
Holmes then took matters into his own hands, scoring the next eight points of the contest, highlighted by a put-back slam off a missed Falcons' shot attempt, to help the Falcons go into the halftime break with a 37-26 lead.
Just as in the first half, the Falcons opened up the second period with a three-ball, this time from Denny. They added a mid-range jumper from Henderson two minutes later to give the Orange and Brown its largest lead of the game to that point at 42-26 with 17:24 to go.
The Eagles were able to get to within 12 points at 48-36 on a layup down low from Brandon Nazione and then once more at 53-41 on a three-pointer from Lee. BGSU, however, answered with points of their own to hold on to a 13-point lead at 54-41 at the 8:11 mark on a free throw from forward Spencer Parker.
The Eagles refused to quit, and another three-pointer from Lee started a 7-3 surge by the visitors, who cut the Falcons' lead to single digits at 57-48 with just under seven minutes to play in regulation.
The Falcons negated that spurt with a three-pointer from Henderson, a jumper from Denny, and back-to-back three-balls from Dickerson and David Joseph over the next three minutes of play to push the lead out to 21 points at 69-48 on a free throw from Denny.
BGSU would get a free throw apiece from Josh Gomez and JD Tisdale, as well as a corner three-pointer from Damarkeo Lyshe late in the contest to help seal the 74-58 home win over the Eagles.
Bowling Green edged EMU 18-16 in points in the paint, 27-25 in bench points and 18-17 in second chance points on the way to its win.
Bowling Green (12-4, 4-1 MAC) returns to action Saturday night as the Falcons will head north for the Battle of I-75 at Savage Arena at 7 p.m.
(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics/MRO Edit)