The Falcons outscored Southeast Missouri State 36-20 in the paint and 17-9 in second chance points. BGSU hauled down a total of 15 offensive rebounds.
The game, which saw four lead changes and a total of seven ties, was iced late on six straight made free throws by the Falcons over the final 40 seconds of the contest.
The win pushes BGSU to 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season, while the loss drops SEMO to 2-3 on the year.
Senior forward Richaun Holmes led the way for the Falcons with a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds. Fellow starter Spencer Parker added 10 points and four rebounds of his own in only 16 minutes of action due to foul woes.
Zack Denny chipped in with nine points, five rebounds and three steals, while junior forward Delvin Dickerson tallied six points, four of which came off two fast break dunks, and a career-high seven rebounds. Guard David Joseph led the Falcons with four assists.
The Redhawks had a trio of players in double digits in Jarekious Bradley with a game-high 18 points, as he hit 4-of-8 three-pointers on the night, Aaron Adeoye with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting and Nino Johnson with 10 points and four blocks.
The Falcons jumped out to a hot start, connecting on three of its first four shot attempts of the contest, to take a 10-2 lead on a layup on the left block from Chauncey Orr on a give-and-go play with Holmes at the 16:13 minute mark of the opening half.
However, the Falcons would go ice cold from the floor offensively for the next several minutes as the Redhawks crept back into the game with a 7-0 surge over a six minute span to cut the BGSU lead to one at 10-9.
After a layup by Parker down low ended the Falcons scoring drought at just under six minutes and put the score at 12-9 in favor of the home team, the Redhawks answered with a three-pointer from Bradley to jump-start a 12-4 run by the visitors in red
SEMO pulled out to a five point lead at 21-16 on another trey from Bradley and forced the Falcons to call a timeout with 4:36 to go before the halftime break.
Out of the timeout, BGSU got a three-ball from Denny, a tip-in basketball on an offensive rebound from Garrett Mayleben, a fast break two-hand slam from Dickerson and a breakaway alley-oop from Jovan Austin to Dickerson over the next three minutes of play to give BGSU the lead back at 24-21 with 1:31 in the first half.
Each team would add a basket in the final minute of the opening half to give the Falcons a three-point lead at 26-23 at the halftime intermission.
Bowling Green looked to start the second half much like the first, as Parker hit a jumper on the Falcons' first offensive possession to increase the home team's lead to five at 28-23. This time, however, SEMO answered with a quick seven straight points to retake the lead at 30-28 on yet another three-pointer from Bradley at the 15:53 mark.
The two teams would tie the game up two more times over the next five minutes, first at 30-30 and then again at 38-38, before BGSU went on an 8-2 run, highlighted by a three-pointer from the corner from Jehvon Clarke, to fly out to an eight point lead at 48-40 on a jumper from Holmes with 7:40 to go in regulation.
Over the next several minutes the Falcons had an answer for every Redhawks' basket until back-to-back jumpers from Adeoye and Johnson trimmed the BGSU lead to two at 54-52 with just 1:53 remaining on the game clock.
Four straight points from Austin, followed by two free throws apiece from both Denny and Parker, helped to put the game on ice for the Falcons in the 62-54 win.
BGSU shot 23-of-57 (40.4 percent) overall for the game, but was only 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from behind the three-point arc. The Redhawks connected on 19-of-46 (41.3 percent) shot attempts from the field and was 6-of-15 (40 percent) from long distance. However, the Falcons had nine steals and forced SEMO into 17 turnovers for the game.
The Falcons got to the charity stripe often, as BGSU was 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) from the foul line and attempted eight more free throws than SEMO who was 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) from the free throw line for the game.
Bowling Green also held a 38-30 edge on the glass on the night.
BGSU will look to add to its three-game winning streak this Sunday, as the Falcons will hit he road to take on regional foe Detroit on Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. in Detroit, Michigan.
(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics/MRO Edit)