The win, which snapped Akron's 17-game winning streak over the Falcons, marked BGSU's first victory over Akron since March 1, 2009. It was also BG's first over Akron in Bowling Green since Jan. 28, 2003 -- back in the Anderson Arena era.
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On Bowling Green's ensuing possession, freshman Rodrick Caldwell found Alcegaire at the right wing, and the senior nailed a triple to send the hosts back in front.
Senior Zack Denny then recorded a steal, and was immediately fouled with 1:51 to go. Denny finished with the game with 20 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two assists. The double-double was Denny's 10th of his career, and second of the season. His four steals moved him into 10th place all-time on the program's steals list with 149.
Denny, however, missed the front end of the one-and-one and Johnson made another layup with 1:32 on the clock, giving Akron a 63-62 lead in the process.
Dylan Frye, who finished with a game-high 22 points, launched a three-ball that popped out, and Akron pulled down the rebound.
With possession of the ball and a one-point lead following Frye's miss, Akron was in a position to potentially ice the game. However, Denny forced a steal with 47 seconds to go, and Bowling Green called a timeout with 39 seconds left after advancing the ball past half court.
Alcegaire subsequently drove the rim, but his shot was blocked by UA's Kwan Cheatham. Sophomore Demajeo Wiggins, who finished with seven points, nine rebounds and a career-high four blocks, pulled down the offensive rebound, and kicked it over to a wide-open Denny, who nailed a jumper along the base line with 20 seconds left in regulation. The jumper gave Bowling Green a 64-63 lead.
Akron answered again, as Johnson drove left from the left elbow, and scored on a layup with seven seconds on the clock to move UA back in front, 65-64. Although BG had timeouts remaining, it elected to not allow Akron to set up its defense.
Alcegaire took the ball coast-to-coast, and drew a blocking foul with 2.4 seconds left. The 58.0 percent free throw shooter hit the first to tie the game at 65-65.
Akron then called a timeout, but Alcegaire swished the second free throw to give BGSU the lead. Akron threw the ball past half court, and called a timeout with under two seconds to play.
Noah Robotham of Akron in-bounded the ball on the sideline, but Wiggins stepped in front of the pass intended for Johnson, and recorded a game-sealing steal. Redshirt-sophomore Rasheed Worrell, who had four points and two rebounds, threw the ball towards the rafters in celebration.
Bowling Green held Akron to 35.9 percent (23-of-64) shooting for the game, including an anemic 29.4 percent (10-of-34) in the first half. BGSU also held the Zips to a 9-for-30 (30.0 percent) mark on three-point attempts. Akron went a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe.
The Falcons shot 53.6 percent (15-of-28) in the first half, but hit 30.3 percent (10-of-33) in the second half to finish the game 25-of-61 (41.0 percent). Bowling Green went 6-for-19 (31.6 percent) from downtown, and 10-for-14 from the free throw line.
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(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics)