The Falcons improved to 13-7 overall and 4-3 in league play with the win. BGSU also improved to 3-0 on the road in MAC play on the season with wins at Ohio, at Eastern Michigan and WMU. The Broncos slipped to 8-12, 2-5 MAC.
Bowling Green out-rebounded . . .
The BGSU bench was huge in the win, as the Falcon subs outscored the Broncos' bench 32-20 for the game. JD Tisdale had a career-high 11 points in 14 minutes off the bench, while Antwon Lillard finished with seven points. Fox chipped in with six points, while Ismail Ali and Demajeo Wiggins each added four points apiece off the bench. Ali also had a team-high five assists.
Wes Alcegaire led BGSU with a team-high 14 points, his fourth straight game with double digit points, while Rasheed Worrell totaled 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds in 23 minutes of play. Parker finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes, while David Joseph added nine points in the win.
Western Michigan was led by Tucker Haymond's game-high 20 points, as he was 7-of-15 from the field overall, to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Thomas Wilder poured in 17 points, which included a three-pointer as the final horn sounded. Drake Lamont tallied 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks for the Broncos.
BGSU came out of the halftime break with six straight points to take its first lead since the early stages of the first half at 44-43 on an old fashion three-point play from Joseph at the 17:16 mark of the second half.
After Western Michigan responded with a 10-4 edge over the Falcons over the next 3:30 of play to pull back out in front by seven at 55-48, the visitors answered with another 6-0 spurt to get to within one at 55-54 on a layup in the lane from Lillard with 10:30 left on the game clock.
The Broncos, however, used a three-pointer from Kellen McCormick on the next offensive possession to push their lead back out to four at 58-54.
While the Falcons' defense clamped down on the Broncos, WMU was able to get to the free throw line 10 more times over the next seven minutes of the contest, making eight of its 10 attempts from the charity stripe to stay out in front of the Falcons at 68-63 on a foul shot from Haymond with 4:35 to go in the game.
On the ensuing BGSU offensive possession, the Falcons' Alcegaire pulled down a huge offensive rebound and picked up a big putback basket to move the Falcons within three at 68-65.
Following another defensive stop, BGSU's Fox hit the first of two three-pointers, this one from the left corner to tie the score, 68-68, at the 3:45 mark of the second half.
WMU continued to answer with points of its own. Two free throws from Bryce Moore and a tough jumper from Haymond put the home team back on top by four at 72-68 as time ticked under three minutes on the game clock.
Two charity tosses from Worrell, another fade away jumper from Haymond and a driving right-handed layup by Ali over the next minute put the Falcons down just two at 74-72.
Two more defensive stops by the Falcons on a Worrell block and a missed three-pointer from WMU, got the ball back to the visitors as Worrell would get fouled on the offensive end. The redshirt-freshmen stepped up and knocked down two free throws to knot the score back up at 74-74 with 1:23 in regulation.
On the next WMU offensive possession, the Falcons were called for a foul to send Haymond to the free throw line to shoot two free throws. The leading Bronco scorer hit the front rim on both foul shot attempts to keep the score tied.
Worrell grabbed the second miss and passed it up to Ali who found an open Fox on the left wing. He swished the three-ball to put the Falcons on top at 77-74 with 53 seconds left to play.
BGSU made a defensive stop on the next WMU offensive series, yet missed two free throws to keep the score at 77-74 with 11 seconds left in the game.
The Falcons immediately fouled WMU to send them to the free throw line rather than take the chance of WMU tying the game with a three-pointer. Wilder made the first free throw to put the score at 77-75. He then missed the second one intentionally to try to get the offensive rebound.
Parker, however, pulled down the board and was fouled on the play. The senior confidently hit both free throws to seal the win for BGSU and put the visitors in front by four at 79-75 with 3.2 seconds left in the contest.
WMU made a meaningless three-pointer as the final horn sounded to put the final score at 79-78 in favor of the Falcons.
BGSU shot 44.6 percent (29-of-65) from the field overall and hit 40 percent (6-of-15) from behind the three-point line in the win. The Falcons also shot 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from the free throw line.
WMU shot 43.1 percent (22-of-51), including going 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) from long distance. The Broncos were 27-of-36 (75 percent) from the free throw line on the night.
Bowling Green (13-7, 4-3 MAC) will remain on the road to take on Central Michigan on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Western Michigan hosts Eastern Michigan Saturday (2 p.m. ET).
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(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics)