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Falcons’ shooting struggles lead to winless week

Keira Ellenberger

After beginning the season 2-0, BGSU Men’s Basketball has dropped two in a row to set their record at 2-2. 

It’s still very early in the season, so losing two straight games is not an extreme cause for alarm. That being said, one aspect of the Falcons’ game raised major concern over the past two games. 

Their shooting percentages.

Over the past two games, BGSU’s shooting percentages have been very rough, especially from the three-point line. 

In their contest against Oakland, the Falcons shot 25-58, 43.1% in two halves of play. From three, they went 5-20, 25% from the line.  

In their last contest against Bellarmine, the Falcons shot 9-29, 31% on field goals in the first half. From three, it was worse, with the team going 1-12 from the three-point line, with the lone three-pointer of the second half being hit by Ejay Greer 

The shooting improved in the second half, with the team shooting 14-32, 43.8% from the field and 8-20, 40% from the three-point line, scoring 46 points in the second half. 

Despite the improved second-half scoring, the Falcons lost to the Knights 85-67, an 18-point deficit.  

In total, the Falcons shot 23-61, 37.7% overall and 9-32, 28.1% from the three-point line. Over the past two games, Bowling Green has shot 119 attempted shots and made 48, 40.3% of their shots in these contests. 

From three, the Falcons hit 14 of their three-pointers out of 52 attempted shots from beyond the arc, hitting 26.9% of their three-pointers.

“We have too good of shooters, it’s almost a head-scratcher, you go in and have some great days, it affects everything,” Head Coach Todd Simon said postgame after the matchup against Bellarmine. “We have some really good bigs, but if they’re getting doubled teamed, they got to make the right the right play and that kick-out shot has to fall, or otherwise that floor gets shrunk.”  

The Falcons’ offensive shooting needs to improve to snap out of this two-game losing streak they find themselves in early in the season. 

 “We got to be able to shoot the ball. That’s the bottom line, is we haven’t shot it well, in practice we chart everything we shoot well and it goes in,” Simon said. “It’s got to start there. You’re getting too many open looks to have to get back on your heels defensively off all these long rebounds.”  

 The season remains too young to make any drastic claims over this team’s shooting, with the new roster and culture still gelling together in Simon’s first season as coach.  

However, with many games left to play, the Falcons must break out of this shooting slump if they hope to compete this season.  

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