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Falcons advance to 4-0 on year behind senior Richaun Holmes’ double-double performance

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Richaun Holmes

The University of Detroit Mercy came into this game riding three straight wins and without a loss at home in Calihan Hall. That was until Richaun Holmes and the Bowling Green Falcons came to town.

In a game where the Falcons had more turnovers [14] than assists [11] and shot 38 percent from the field, senior Richaun Holmes did all he could to give the Falcons their fourth win in as many games.

He had 26 points, a career-high 18 rebounds, five blocks and shot 10-12 from the field, but no shot was more important than his game winning layup as time expired. His game winning layup gave the Falcons the 64-63 win and moved their record to 4-0 on the young year.

“I just came in and tried to be aggressive and do what I can to help my team win,” Holmes said. “I was just able to get on a good roll.”

After a jump shot by Juwan Howard Jr. with three seconds left, the Falcons called timeout. They received the ball at mid court, then Holmes drove the right lane and put his shot off the glass and it banked it.

“I felt like we had time to get a good shot,” Holmes said. “Spencer made a great pass and I just went to the rim and tried to get a good shot off. Luckily it went down.”

Head coach Chris Jans wasn’t sure if it counted or not after the shot, he said.

Holmes, though, felt his shot beat the buzzer he said.

The Falcons came out of the tip in a press on defense. They were able to force Detroit into three early turnovers, but those only led to two Falcon points. Detroit regrouped and would end the second half with only five turnovers and five assists.

Despite their regrouping efforts, the Falcons led 36-28 going into halftime.

The Falcons had their lead up to ten points with 11:21 to go in the game, but from there Detroit began to chip away at the lead. They would chip away possession by possession until they took a 57-56 lead with 4:19 left to go in the game.

“They certainly battled back and wouldn’t go away,” Jans said. “I was proud of our guys that they stayed together. We could have easily folded and went the other way on the road like that.”

In the last four minutes the lead changed six times until Holmes changed it again for good with his game-winning lay up.

“I was just so excited we got the win and to see my teammates happy,” Holmes said. “We stayed together and knew we still had a chance to win the game.”

This win moves the Falcons to 4-0 on the season. They will look to continue their winning streak when they travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky, to play the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers on Dec. 3.

“I would hope that this could show them that we can come back when we are down,” Jans said. “It’s definitely something to build off of.”

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