Men’s Basketball break losing streak in 83-73 win against Miami

Da'Ria Cottrell, Sports Reporter, FMSN

Bowling Green Men’s Basketball defeated the Miami Redhawks 83-73 at the Stroh Center on Saturday.

Here’s how it happened:

First Half

The Falcons entered the first half focused as they went into a 5-0 run.

Bowling Green senior Leon Ayers III scored the first nine points for the Falcons, putting BGSU up 13-4.

The Falcons lead got as big as 15 points, but the Redhawks quickly responded by going on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 39-30.

With around two minutes left to go, the Falcons could not avoid turnovers.

Miami scored six points off those turnovers, but Bowling Green led 46-36 into halftime.

Second Half

The Falcons entered the second looking to light up the Redhawks.

Bowling Green guard Kaden Metheny made two back-to-back threes to give the Falcons a 52-36 lead.

The largest lead of the night came when Bowling Green went on a 10-0 run to make it 66-44.

At the 8:44 mark, the Redhawks responded with an 8-0 run to cut the lead 66-52.

The teams went back and forth trading baskets, making it look like anyone’s game.

However, the Falcons came out victorious as they worked their way up to double-digits at the buzzer.

It was a big night for some of the Falcons, as Ayers recorded his career high with 31 points, two blocks, four assists, and shot 83% from the field.

Falcon forward Ubongabasi Etim also had a career performance with two steals, one block, and four rebounds.

Head Coach Michael Huger expressed how proud he was of his team for breaking a three-game losing streak.

“I think the guys are stepping up, especially on the offensive end,” said Huger. “Guys are stepping up and filling the void now.”

Looking Forward

The Falcons will take this win as they travel to McGuirk Arena to play against the Central Michigan Chippewas on January 24th at 7 pm.