Frye And Koch Play Big In Loss To South Dakota

By Published: 11/14/2017 7:10:28 AM Custom Tag

by James Nahikian, BGSU Athletic Communications

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Despite leading for over 27 minutes of the game, the Bowling Green State University men's basketball team dropped an 88-79 contest at the Stroh Center on Monday (Nov. 13) night to the University of South Dakota. The Coyotes shot 57.6 percent in the second half, including an 8-for-14 mark from downtown, to beat Bowling Green in its home opener.

Bowling Green was led by sophomore guard Dylan Frye and freshman forward Derek Koch. Frye scored 23 points and tied a career high with seven rebounds, while Koch set career highs with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Matt Mooney proved to be the difference for the defending Summit League champions, as he finished with 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds. After going 2-for-12 in the first half, Mooney scored 22 points in the second half, as he went 7-for-9 from the floor and 4-for-5 from three-point range.

FALCON FACTS
• In the first half, Bowling Green held South Dakota to a 35.7 percent (10-for-28) shooting from the field, which included a 0-for-6 mark from downtown.
• For the game, Bowling Green shot 34.2 percent (25-for-73) from the floor, 32.0 percent (8-for-25) from behind the arc, and 77.8 percent (21-for-27) from the free throw line.
• Bowling Green registered 18 offensive rebounds – the most in a game since posting 18 at Toledo on Jan. 17, 2017.
• The Falcons out-rebounded the Coyotes, 47-45.
• The Orange and Brown racked up 15 assists, compared to 12 turnovers.
• For the second-straight game, the Bowling Green bench outscored its opponent's bench. BGSU's bench beat the South Dakota bench, 21-19.
• The Falcons turned 10 South Dakota turnovers into 13 points.
• Bowling Green led for a duration of 27:30.
• A total of five players for BGSU (Rodrick Caldwell, Dylan Frye, Nelly Cummings, Justin Turner and Jeffrey Uju) shot 100 percent from the line.
• Nine different players scored and posted an assist for the Falcons, while 10 different players registered at least one rebound.

PLAYER NOTES
• Dylan Frye totaled 23 points, eclipsing the 20-point mark for the fourth time in his career. The 23 points were the second-most in his career. He poured in 24 points versus Ohio on Jan. 28, 2017.
• Frye also tied his career high with seven rebounds. His other seven-rebound game came against Buffalo on Feb. 11, 2017.
• Frye made a career-high five triples. He had four games last season with four #DeepFryes.
• Derek Koch posted a career-high 15 points and 14 rebounds, and also added career highs with two assists, two blocks and a steal.
• Koch's 14 rebounds were the most from a Falcon since Demajeo Wiggins' historic 22-rebound game at Central Michigan on Jan. 24, 2017.
• Rodrick Caldwell totaled 10 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal. He went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.
• Nelly Cummings scored the first eight points of his collegiate career, and also added one rebound, one assist and one steal.
• Daeqwon Plowden added seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, while also posting careers highs in rebounds (7), blocks (2) and assists (1).
• Justin Turner chipped in with six points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.
• Joniya Gadson came in off the bench, and provided three rebounds in four minutes.
• Matt Fox and Demajeo Wiggins each scored four points, while Jeffrey Uju notched two points and two rebounds.

QUOTE OF THE GAME
"I thought tonight my guys played really hard. We lost to a championship team, and a championship-caliber team … The biggest thing that I take away from this game is that we didn't quit." – Head Coach Michael Huger

UP NEXT
• Bowling Green takes on 2017 NCAA Tournament participant Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday (Nov. 18) at 6 p.m.
• The game, which will be played at the Stroh Center, is the program's annual Bill Frack Challenge game.
Published: 11/14/2017 7:10:28 AM Custom Tag