The Bowling Green State University men's basketball team shot over 57 percent over the final 20 minutes of play, yet it was not enough to overcome a slow first half start and an early double digit deficit, as the Falcons fell at home to the IPFW Mastodons 65-60 on a cold and snowy night Thursday in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Bowling Green finishes its non-conference slate of the 2013-14 season at 6-7 overall, while the Mastodons improved to 11-5 with the road win.
The Falconsâ?? Cameron Black posted two blocks on the night, to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds, to give him 119 career rejections at BGSU and sole possession of second-place on the all-time career blocks list in Bowling Green State University history.
Fellow starters Richaun Holmes and Jehvon Clarke led the home team with 16 points each, as Holmes added nine rebounds with his total, while Spencer Parker totaled 15 points in the loss. The fifth starter, Anthony Henderson, tallied a career-high five steals on the night, as all five BGSU starters logged over 31 minutes of playing time for the game.
For IPFW, forward Steve Forbes led the Mastodons offensively with 15 points, while Luis Jacobo and Mo Evans chipped in with 13 and 11 points apiece, respectively.
BG started the game off with a layup from Clarke to take a 2-0 lead less than a minute into the contest, yet failed to find any type of consistency in its offense over the next several possessions which allowed the Mastodons to take advantage of the Falcons cold shooting (0-of-4) over the next three minutes of play and run out to a 9-2 lead on a layup from Forbes at the 16:55 mark of the opening half.
Baskets from Clarke and Parker over the next several minutes kept the Mastodonsâ?? lead within reach until a flurry of turnovers led to a number of easy buckets for the visitors who outscored BGSU 24-11 over the next 13 minutes of the game to double up the home team at 34-17 with 2:04 to go before the halftime break.
A three-pointer from the left wing from Holmes and a free throw from Clarke capped the scoring for the first half, as the Falcons trailed by 13 at 34-21 at intermission.
Out of the halftime break, the Falcons came out with some fire, as the home team picked up an early dunk from Holmes and connected on nine of its first 12 shots in the second half to storm back into the contest and cut the Mastodonsâ?? lead to three at 44-41 on a second three-pointer from Holmes.
The Falcons, who shot only 6-of-27 (22.2 percent) for the entire first half, continued its torrid scoring pace, as Josh Gomez hit a jump shot from the right block minutes later to put the home team down just one at 44-43 with 10:43 to go in the contest.
However, IPFW answered with a free throw from Evans and a three-pointer from Jacobo to push its lead back out to two possessions at 48-43 with 8:42 to play.
Bowling Green picked up a block from JD Tisdale and a fast break dunk from Parker less than a minute later to put the home team down just three at 48-45, yet again the Falcons were unable to get a key stop on the defensive end as IPFW picked up back-to-back layups from Forbes and Joe Edwards to extend its lead once more, this time by seven at 52-45 with 7:25 on the game clock.
A 6-1 run, which consisted of a layup from Henderson, a dunk from Holmes and a slashing layup from Clarke, over the next two and a half minutes cut the Mastodonsâ?? lead back to one possession at 53-51 with less than five minutes in regulation.
That would be as close as the Falcons would get for the remainder of the night, as Forbes scored four of the Mastodonsâ?? next seven points as IPFW outscored Bowling Green 7-3 over the next two minutes to take a six point lead at 60-54.
Down the stretch, the Falcons were forced to foul and IPFW was able to hit one of two free throws on five different trips to the free throw line to help hold on for the 65-60 road win.
BGSU outscored the Mastodons 32-22 in points in the paint, however, IPFW held a huge advantage in both bench points, 20-6, as well as in points from behind the three-point line as the Mastodons hit seven three-pointers for 21 points compared to the Falcons two three-pointers and six points.
The Falcons (6-7) will open up MAC play on Wednesday night, Jan. 8 at home versus Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. in the Stroh Center.
Courtesy: BGSU Athletics