Falcon basketball teams finding success as MAC play begins

While most students were away from the University on winter break, BG’s men’s and women’s basketball teams were both still hard at work.

Both teams found quite a bit of success during the break and have put themselves in good positions in the Mid-American Conference standings.

While you were away: Both Louis Orr’s and Curt Miller’s squads both successfully opened MAC play with wins and finished their non-conference schedules with winning records.

On the men’s side, the Falcons posted a 4-2 record overall since the fall semester let out including an 86-82 upset win of Buffalo on Saturday and four home victories.

Orr said getting the win against Buffalo to start MAC play was a big win for his players.

“We’re coming off, if not the biggest, one of the biggest wins of the year,” Orr said.

Miller and the women’s team continued winning over break, advancing their record to 13-2 and continuing what is now a 13 game winning streak.

Last Wednesday, the Falcons rallied from an early deficit to beat Kent State 77-71 for their first win of the MAC season and followed that up with a 62-52 defeat of Ohio on Saturday.

TV time: ESPNU has picked up BG’s Saturday night’s home game against Akron. The start time was originally slated for a 4:30, but has been moved to 8 p.m. to accommodate the TV coverage.

The hockey team was scheduled to play Michigan at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, but that game has been moved to a 5:05 start time.

Falcon honors: Chris Knight was named the MAC East men’s basketball Player of the Week yesterday.

Knight scored 17 first half points on 7-of-9 shooting against Buffalo in the MAC opener.

By the end of the game, Knight scored 22 points and had five rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes off the bench.

This is the second time Knight has won the award in the past three weeks despite coming off the bench in all the games.

Orr said even though Knight comes off the bench in games, he might as well be a starter.

“Just because you don’t start doesn’t mean you can’t achieve and aren’t one of our best players,” Orr said. “It’s what you do with the time you’re given.”

Lauren Prochaska was named Player of the Week on the women’s side after averaging 21 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3 assists in the first two MAC games of the season.

This is the third time this season Prochaska has won the award. She leads the team in points (16.5) and rebounds (5.9) this season as well.

What’s next: Both teams will be in action on Wednesday with the men traveling to Kent State and the women hosting Miami. Both games start at 7 p.m.

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