Oh so close!
The Bowling Green men's basketball team had Akron right where they wanted them, up 10 points with eight minutes to play, then the wheels came off.
Turnovers and missed free throws, plus a questionable 'non-call' at the end of the game, ultimately did them in as they dropped their first MAC game of the year 56-55.
"We were our own worst enemy in a lot of ways," said BG head coach Louis Orr. The Falcons lost only their second home game of the season, they're currently 7-8 overall and 1-1 in the MAC.
With 12 seconds left sophomore Cameron Black followed up a miss by A'uston Calhoun and was fouled in the process sending him to the line with a chance to take a two point lead. But Black's free throw was off the mark giving the Zips the ball with 8.1 seconds left.
Akron's Nick Harney received a pass at the top of the key and drove through the paint, knocking over Black in the process. His shot bounced a couple of times before finally falling in leaving BG with .5 seconds left. BG senior Dee Brown took the inbound pass and launched a full court shot that hit the back of the rim.
Afterward, Orr was upset with the lack of a call on the final play.
"The last play was a charge. I got to see it on film...Cam took tow or three charges the whole game...doing the same thing. From where I sat he was waiting on him," Orr said.
Next up for the Falcons is a road contest with Kent State at 7pm on Saturday.
At Savage Arena, the Toledo Rockets women's basketball hosted Northview alum Olivia Fouty and the Eastern Michigan Eagles, looking to extent their 17 game MAC home winning streak.
But it wasn't meant to be.
Trailing by 12 points with 7:31 to play, the Rockets cut it to two on an Andola Dortch lay up with 35 seconds left, but the Eagles hit their free throws down the stretch and handed UT their second MAC loss, 70-66.
"I think the disapointing thing is, you want to protect your home and we didn't do that tonight," said UT head coach Tricia Cullop.
"I had a lot of support here tonight," said Fouty, who finished two points, four boards and four steals. "All of my teammates gave me all there tickets. I used them all...I appreciate everyone coming out and watching a great game."
Next up for UT is a road trip to Northern Illinois on Saturday. Tip-off is at 2pm.
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