Men’s hoops shows fight but fall to Golden Flashes 79-69

Steve Iwanek, Sports Content Director, Falcon Media Sports Network

BGSU men’s basketball suffered their ninth straight loss on senior day yesterday at the Stroh Center, falling to the Kent State Golden Flashes 79-69.

The first half was a tightly contested battle, with both teams trading buckets early and the Falcons keeping pace with the second-place Golden Flashes.

To end the first half, BG went on a 9-2 run, giving them a 42-37 lead and giving off a similar vibe to the Toledo game a week prior.

In the second half, BG continued to show fight, giving Kent State everything they had.

However, the Golden Flashes finally decided to start playing their kind of basketball.

A 16-6 run in the opening minutes of the second half, along with multiple shorter runs, gave Kent State as much as a 10-point lead at one point.

At the end of the day, BG just could not muster up enough stops on the defensive end, which ultimately led to the senior day spoilers coming away with the victory.

The Falcons struggled to put the ball in the basket in the second half, shooting 32% compared to a more efficient 41% in the first half.

A pair of seniors led the way in scoring for BG, as Chandler Turner and Samari Curtis led the way the 11 points apiece. Leon Ayers and Kaden Metheny added 10 points apiece as well, while Brenton Mills finished a point and a rebound away from a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Head coach Michael Huger says his team was really solid in the first half, but ultimately could not play a full 40 minutes.

“I thought we were really good defensively in the first half,” Huger said. “We did exactly what we were supposed to do. We were in the right spots in help side defense. We were able to defend and get out in transition and score in transition. I thought in the second half we did that in spurts, and then all of a sudden we stopped sharing the ball and stopped doing the things that got us to that point.”

The Falcons wrap up the 2022-23 home schedule on Tuesday night as Eastern Michigan comes to town in a pivotal game to try and keep their MAC Tournament hopes alive.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

For more information about the team, visit the athletics webpage.