Men’s basketball takes two of three in Creek Classic

The Falcon men’s basketball team participated in the Creek Classic in Buies Creek, North Carolina. In four games, the team came away with a record of 3-1. 

The first game came on Monday and took place in the Stroh Center as the Falcons narrowly outlasted the upset-minded Lake Erie Storm from D-II.  

The Storm had an unbelievable shooting performance, especially from behind the arc, and took the Falcons to overtime but ran out of steam after their amount of fouls started to take a toll on them. The final score was 109-106 in favor of the Falcons. Lake Erie guard Game Kynard was a star as he racked up 28 points. The Falcons had an obvious height advantage in this one and were led by their big men down low. Junior forward Demajeo Wiggins had 25 points and junior forward Jeffery Uju led the team with 10 boards.

“Hats off to Lake Erie,” Falcons head coach Michael Huger said. “They played a great game, we told our guys coming in that they won’t be afraid of us, they are coming out to play and we have to be able to match that intensity and we have got to respect our opponent. I thought that tonight, I don’t know if we respected our opponent and this is one thing that happens when you don’t respect your opponent and they came out to play and I’m glad we were able to learn a lesson in victory and not defeat.”  

The next three games were played in North Carolina and started with a match-up against South Carolina Upstate. The Falcons had a better defensive showing in this one as they won the game with a final score of 83-74 Friday night. South Carolina Upstate couldn’t hold off the Falcons, who were lead by Wiggins with 20 points and 12 rebounds as well as junior guard Dylan Frye who dropped 20 as well.

“They (South Carolina Upstate) got 11 offensive rebounds with 13 second chance points that was the difference in why they came back and they came back very strong,” Huger said. “With that we have to do a better job of being physical and we did late in the second half and that was the difference, but we’ve got to start that and not relax but with a young team you’re going to have those ups and downs but the one thing we do have is talent and that helps you in a lot of different ways.”

Next, the Falcons battled the toughest team in the tournament in an NCAA Tournament team of recent: Campbell. The game took place on Saturday afternoon and ended with the Falcons narrowly edging the Camels 78-72. The Falcons were led by Sophomore guard Rodrick Caldwell who had 20 points and five assists. Wiggins had 14 points and seven rebounds.  

The Classic finished up with the FalcoThe Falcon men’s basketball team participated in the Creek Classic in Buies Creek, North Carolina. In four games, the team came away with a record of 3-1.  

The first game came on Monday and took place in the Stroh Center as the Falcons narrowly outlasted the upset-minded Lake Erie Storm from D-II.  

The Storm had an unbelievable shooting performance, especially from behind the arc, and took the Falcons to overtime but ran out of steam after their amount of fouls started to take a toll on them. The final score was 109-106 in favor of the Falcons. Lake Erie guard Game Kynard was a star as he racked up 28 points. The Falcons had an obvious height advantage in this one and were led by their big men down low. Junior forward Demajeo Wiggins had 25 points and junior forward Jeffery Uju led the team with 10 boards.

“Hats off to Lake Erie,” Falcons head coach Michael Huger said. “They played a great game, we told our guys coming in that they won’t be afraid of us, they are coming out to play and we have to be able to match that intensity and we have got to respect our opponent. I thought that tonight, I don’t know if we respected our opponent and this is one thing that happens when you don’t respect your opponent and they came out to play and I’m glad we were able to learn a lesson in victory and not defeat.”  

The next three games were played in North Carolina and started with a match-up against South Carolina Upstate. The Falcons had a better defensive showing in this one as they won the game with a final score of 83-74 Friday night. South Carolina Upstate couldn’t hold off the Falcons, who were lead by Wiggins with 20 points and 12 rebounds as well as junior guard Dylan Frye who dropped 20 as well.

“They (South Carolina Upstate) got 11 offensive rebounds with 13 second chance points that was the difference in why they came back and they came back very strong,” Huger said. “With that we have to do a better job of being physical and we did late in the second half and that was the difference, but we’ve got to start that and not relax but with a young team you’re going to have those ups and downs but the one thing we do have is talent and that helps you in a lot of different ways.”

Next, the Falcons battled the toughest team in the tournament in an NCAA Tournament team of recent: Campbell. The game took place on Saturday afternoon and ended with the Falcons narrowly edging the Camels 78-72. The Falcons were led by Sophomore guard Rodrick Caldwell who had 20 points and five assists. Wiggins had 14 points and seven rebounds.  

The Classic finished up with the Falcons taking on Abilene Christian, another tournament team of late, and lost by a score of 88-83. Abilene Christian had four players in double figures and it was too much for Bowling Green. The Falcons were led once again by Caldwell and Frye with 25 and 14 respectively.

“We didn’t have it to start the game,” Huger said. “As a team, playing three games in three days, you’ve got to be tough mentally and I thought mentally we were out of it. It’s not the physical part, it’s the mental part of the game that we have to work on.”

The Falcons next game is Wednesday night against San Jose State at the Stroh Center. ns taking on Abilene Christian, another tournament team of late, and lost by a score of 88-83. Abilene Christian had four players in double figures and it was too much for Bowling Green. The Falcons were led once again by Caldwell and Frye with 25 and 14 respectively.

“We didn’t have it to start the game,” Huger said. “As a team, playing three games in three days, you’ve got to be tough mentally and I thought mentally we were out of it. It’s not the physical part, it’s the mental part of the game that we have to work on.”

The Falcons next game is Wednesday night against San Jose State at the Stroh Center.