Bowling Green Beats Eastern Michigan In Overtime, 75-71

By Published: 1/6/2018 10:13:46 PM Custom Tag

Courtesy: Bowling Green Athletics

YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Bowling Green State University men's basketball team defeated Eastern Michigan University, 75-71, Saturday (Jan. 6) afternoon in overtime. The game was played at EMU's Convocation Center. Bowling Green improves to 10-5 (1-1 MAC) with the victory.

The Falcons trailed by one at the half, but shot 48.1 percent (13-of-27) in the second half, playing solid defense throughout the game to earn the win. Eastern Michigan drops to 9-6 (0-2 MAC) with the loss.

FORCING OVERTIME
• With Bowling Green leading, 66-65, with 1:01 to play, EMU's Elijah Minnie was fouled at the top of the key. Minnie hit 1-of-2 free throw attempts to tie the game.
• The Falcons were forced into a tough layup attempt that rattled off the rim. EMU pulled down the rebound with a less-than-two-second difference between the shot clock and game clock.
• Eastern Michigan could essentially play for the win, but the Falcons clamped down on defense, poking the ball away, and causing a shot clock violation before EMU could even attempt a shot.
• With 1.4 seconds remaining, Matt Fox threw a perfect football-like pass all the way into the EMU paint. Demajeo Wiggins came up with the pass, and got a shot off, but it was no good, prompting overtime.

KEY PLAYS IN OVERTIME
• Matt Fox scored the first points of overtime, as he nailed a wing three-pointer to give the Orange and Brown a 69-66 lead with 3:44 to go.
• EMU's Paul Jackson answered with a contested layup to pull the Eagles within one. But on the other end, Justin Turner whipped a sensational cross-court, between-traffic pass that found Antwon Lillard on the low block. Lillard converted, giving BGSU a 71-68 lead with 1:37 to play.
• Turner inched the lead to 73-69 with a pair of free throws, and after a stop, Demajeo Wiggins tacked on another free throw with just 13 seconds remaining.
• EMU's Tim Bond scored layup with eight seconds to go, drawing the Eagles within three at 74-71, but Rodrick Caldwell sealed the game by hitting a free throw on the other end.

TODD WALKER RADIO CALLS
• Fox Triple At First-Half Buzzer
• Wiggins And-1
• Lillard And-1
• Fox Clutch Three-Ball
• Fox Trey In OT
• Lillard Layup Off Sweet Pass From Turner
• Falcons Win!

PLAYER NOTES
• Junior guard Antwon Lillard turned in a career effort, and did so in style. He posted the second double-double of his career, finishing with 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. His 20 points were a season high, while his 12 rebounds marked a career high, and his five assists tied a career high.
• Lillard also tied a career high with eight made field goals (8-for-12), while playing a career-high 43 minutes.
• Senior guard Matt Fox also had a career afternoon. Fox tied his career high with 18 points (four times), while dishing out a career-high four assists. Fox played in every game last season, and finished the year with 17 assists. He has 22 assists through 15 games in 2017-18.
• Fox made a career-best six triples (6-for-10). He's now shooting 46.5 percent (20-of-43) on the season from downtown.
• Junior forward Demajeo Wiggins registered the 10th double-double of his career, and his fourth of 2017-18. Wiggins racked up 15 points and 11 rebounds.
• Freshman forward Daeqwon Plowden posted four points, one rebound and one assist.
• Sophomore guard Rodrick Caldwell added three points, four rebounds and one steal. He also had six assists, and in 41 minutes, had zero turnovers.
• Redshirt-junior Jeffrey Uju had one assist and two rebounds, while freshman center Joniya Gadson had one rebound and one assist.

FALCON FACTS
• The Falcons improved to 5-0 in overtime games under head coach Michael Huger. BGSU is 3-0 in overtime games in 2017-18.
• Bowling Green is 5-1 in true road games this season – the best mark in the conference.
• BGSU is 2-1 versus Eastern Michigan under head coach Michael Huger.
• The Falcons are 2-0 versus EMU under head coach Michael Huger in games played at EMU's Convocation Center.
• Bowling Green increased its all-time series lead over Eastern Michigan to 49-43.
• The Falcons have started MAC play with a 1-1 record in three-consecutive years.
• The Falcons shot 41.3 percent (26-of-63) from the floor, including a 48.1 percent (13-of-27) clip in the second half.
• BGSU shot 33.3 percent (8-of-24) from downtown, and 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the free throw line.
• The Orange and Brown held EMU to 40.0 percent (22-of-55) shooting for the game. The Eagles shot just 34.6 percent (9-of-26) from the field in the first half.
• Bowling Green had more bench points (22-5), paint points (28-24), and points off turnovers (14-11).
• Bowling Green had 20 assists compared to 13 turnovers. BGSU has now reached 20-plus assists in three games in 2017-18.

QUOTE OF THE GAME
"We actually went small out of necessity. We had our big guys in foul trouble early – Derek Koch picked up two; Demajeo picked up two – so we had to go small at that point. And that's when we started to hit shots with our four guards." – Coach Huger

UP NEXT
• Bowling Green hosts Northern Illinois at the Stroh Center on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
• The game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip.
Published: 1/6/2018 10:13:46 PM Custom Tag