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Falcon bench shines in 90-point win

The University men’s basketball team eased to a victory Saturday night at home against the Morgan State Bears. The team won by their largest margin of the year thus far, outscoring the Bears by 32 points with a final score of 90-58. This is the third 90-point game the Falcons have had since head coach Michael Huger has been with the program.

“I’m happy with our guys and I’m happy with our performance. I felt that we sustained (play) for 40 minutes, and we are getting better,” said Huger. “All of these games are preparing us for MAC play.”

The win is the team’s second of the season and comes following a 78-77 nail-biter against Murray State.

The spark in this game came from a confident Bowling Green bench that scored 48 points in the game, which is the most they’ve scored all season. That group was led by freshman Dylan Frye and junior Matt Fox, who scored 15 and 18 points respectively. The pair both set career-highs in scoring in the outing.

Fox dealt with a mismatch for a majority of his 26 minutes and exploited it well. Giving up four inches to his opponent, Fox was able to spread the floor to hit shots. The 6’4” combo guard went 7-11 from the field and 4-7 from long range, which was one short of tying his career-high 5 from distance.

“Fox is Mr. Reliable,” said Huger. “He can go and play multiple positions for us. He came in and hit some big shots and defended well. I was more impressed with his defense than the 18 points he scored on offense. He did a tremendous job on the defensive end.”

Fox only recorded one steal and two defensive boards on the Morgan State end, but changed shots and forced bad passes on an offensive player much bigger than him. Fox has seen an increase in minutes this season and has been making the most of his time on the floor, catching the attention of the Falcon staff.

Fox was a walk-on on the team and was awarded for his efforts last week with an athletic scholarship on the team.

“I’ve been waiting for this feeling my whole life,” Fox said of the scholarship. “I’ve been working so hard for this. It feels good.”

Frye has also been making the most of his minutes as a Falcon freshman. The 6’2’ guard hit five of his six attempts and made three of his four shots from the three-point line.

“I just try to come off the bench and play with a lot of energy,” Frye said. “I just try to play my game.”

The team still has seven games until conference play begins. Their next match-up is against Notre Dame College on Tuesday. The game will be at the Stroh with tip-off scheduled at 7 pm.

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