Falcons falter late, drop second straight to Ball State

Rhys Patrykus, Sports Reporter, FMSN

Bowling Green’s Men’s Basketball fell to the Ball State Cardinals 69-60 on Tuesday.

The loss puts them under .500 in the MAC, with a conference record of 4-5.

The first half was rough for Bowling Green as the Cardinals got off to a red-hot start.

Within the first five minutes of the contest, Ball State lead 14-2.

The Cardinals kept their foot on the gas pedal, leading by as much as 20 points.

Bowling Green found their footing, going on a 6-0 run to close out the frame.

At the beginning of the second, the Falcons looked different and got off to a fast start.

They opened with an 11-5 run to cut the Cardinals’ lead to 41-37.

Bowling Green carried this momentum to the end, but it wasn’t enough to steal a lead.

In the last five minutes, the Cardinals went on a 10-2 run to close out the contest.

Senior guard Leon Ayers III led the Falcons in scoring with 14 points,

However, Ball State’s Jarron Coleman stole the show overall, putting up 19 points and six rebounds in the victory.

“[It’s] very difficult, when you don’t come out and compete from the start,” said head coach Michael Huger, “We still had more than enough opportunities to take advantage of it at the end.”

The Falcons will welcome the Northern Illinois Huskies to the Stroh on Saturday night, with tip-off set for 5 p.m.

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