Falcons Erase 19-Point Deficit To Stun EMU In Overtime

By Published: 2/11/2018 7:35:22 AM Custom Tag

by James Nahikian, BGSU Athletic Communications

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – For the second time in as many home games, the Bowling Green State University men's basketball team erased a 19-point deficit to earn a win. This afternoon (Feb. 10), the Falcons picked up a 70-63 overtime victory over Eastern Michigan University at the Stroh Center.

The Falcons are now 6-0 in overtime games under head coach Michael Huger, including a 4-0 mark in 2017-18. The Eagles led 36-17 with 2:12 to go in the first half. Bowling Green closed the deficit to 17 at the half, before out-scoring the Eagles, 39-22, over the final 20 minutes to force overtime.

EMU appeared to have the game won after the Falcons missed a layup attempt with 29 seconds left. The Eagles held a 60-57 lead at the time. EMU came down the rebound, and the Falcons fouled Elijah Minnie with 25 seconds to go. Minnie entered the game ranked fifth in the MAC in free throw shooting at 83.3 percent, but Minnie missed the one-and-one attempt.

The Falcons advanced the ball, and burned a timeout with 10 seconds to play. In front of the BGSU bench, senior Matt Fox found sophomore Dylan Frye, who immediately dished it back to Fox. Fox promptly nailed a game-tying triple with just six seconds left on the clock.

Bowling Green defended a transition opportunity, and then after the ball went out of bounds with one second left, BGSU defensed an under-the-basket dead ball situation to force overtime.

Remarkably, BGSU went 0-for-0 from the floor in overtime, but the Falcons went 10-for-13 from the free throw line in the extra session to finish out the win.

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• Cummings Draws Offensive Foul
• Fox Three-Pointer
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• #DeepFrye
• Wiggins Hook Shot
• Lillard Steal Leads To Turner Bucket
• Koch Transition Layup
• Clutch #DeepFrye
• FOX TIES THE GAME WITH FINAL-SECOND TRIPLE
• BGSU WINS!!!!

FALCON FACTS
• Bowling Green is now 6-0 in overtime games under head coach Michael Huger, including a 4-0 mark in 2017-18.
• BGSU also beat Eastern Michigan in OT on Jan. 6, 2018 in Ypsilanti. BGSU last played multiple overtime games against the same team across one season in 1968-69. That season, BGSU lost two overtime games to Western Michigan.
• The Falcons are 3-1 versus Eastern Michigan under head coach Michael Huger.
• Bowling Green extended its lead in the all-time series versus Eastern Michigan to 50-43.
• BGSU improves to 8-4 at the Stroh Center in 2017-18. The Falcons are 66-42 at the facility all-time.
• Incredibly, Bowling Green did not attempt a field goal in overtime, but the Falcons went 10-for-13 from the charity stripe in overtime.
• Over the second half and overtime, BGSU limited EMU to an 11-for-37 mark (29.7 percent) from the floor. Over that same time, EMU went 2-for-12 (16.6 percent) from three-point range.
• In the second half, Bowling Green shot 48.3 percent (14-for-29) from the floor, while going 6-for-8 (75.0 percent) from three-point land.
• Bowling Green out-rebounded Eastern Michigan, 43-32. The Falcons have posted 40-plus rebounds in 10 games in 2017-18.
• BGSU has posted more rebounds than its opposition in nine of the last 13 contests.
• BGSU posted six blocks, marking the team's highest total since posting eight at Old Dominion on Dec. 9, 2017.

PLAYER NOTES
• Junior forward Demajeo Wiggins posted his 10th double-double of the season, as he racked up 17 points and 15 rebounds. Wiggins has now had four 15-plus rebound games this season.
• Senior guard Matt Fox went 4-for-5 from downtown to finish with 12 points and four rebounds. He went 6-for-10 from downtown on Jan. 6 at Eastern Michigan.
• Sophomore guard Dylan Frye went 4-for-5 from three-point territory, marking the 25th time in his career that he's made multiple three-pointers in one game. Frye finished with 12 points, two assists, two rebounds and one block.
• Freshman forward Derek Koch registered 10 points and seven rebounds. Koch, after having three double-figure scoring games in non-conference play, has scored 10-plus points in three of the last seven ballgames.
• Redshirt-freshman guard Justin Turner posted 10 points, five rebounds and five assists. Matched up primarily with EMU's Paul Jackson, Turner held Jackson to 4-of-11 shooting. Jackson had five assists and five turnovers.
• Junior guard Antwon Lillard finished the game with an impressively well-rounded final line of seven points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
• Freshman forward Daeqwon Plowden added two points, one block and one steal.

QUOTE OF THE GAME
"I would like to do it much easier than that. I don't know if I'm going to make the rest of the season like this, but it was fun. When you are a part of something like this and the guys (go down 19) – they don't give up. They don't quit." – Coach Huger

UP NEXT
• Bowling Green hosts Western Michigan on Tuesday (Feb. 13) night at the Stroh Center.
• The game is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m.



Published: 2/11/2018 7:35:22 AM Custom Tag