Wiggins’ Big Night Leads Falcons Past Northern Illinois

By Published: 1/10/2018 6:39:50 AM Custom Tag

by James Nahikian, BGSU Athletic Communications

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University men's basketball team earned a 66-57 victory at the Stroh Center on Tuesday (Jan. 9) night over Northern Illinois University. The Falcons led by as many as 17 points before a furious Huskie rally. A pair of clutch three-balls allowed the Falcons to improve to 11-5 (2-1 MAC) on the season.

The Falcons were led by junior forward Demajeo Wiggins, who finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds. With the loss, Northern Illinois drops to 8-8 (1-2 MAC). The win marked Bowling Green's first home conference win of 2017-18.

CLUTCH THREE-POINT PLAYS
• The Falcons received a trio of three-point plays down the stretch to fight off a huge Northern Illinois rally.
• After the Huskies cut the Falcon lead to a single point, Matt Fox hit a triple from the top of the key, giving the Orange and Brown a 55-51 lead with 5:42 to go in the game.
• A tough layup brought NIU back within two with 3:34 to go, but Justin Turner answered with a corner three-pointer, inching the Falcon lead back to five points at 60-55 with 2:59 remaining.
• With just 44 seconds left on the clock, and BGSU up by four, Demajeo Wiggins secured an offensive rebound, and scored an and-one layup, converting the free throw to give Bowling Green a 64-57 lead.
• Turner hit two more free throws to wrap up the game's scoring.

PLAYER NOTES
• Junior forward Demajeo Wiggins registered the 11th double-double of his career, and fifth of the season, as he racked up 15 points and 15 rebounds. In MAC play, Wiggins is averaging a team-high 16.0 points and 10.3 rebounds.
• On the season, Wiggins has had 12 games with 10-plus points, and six games with 10-plus rebounds.
• Redshirt-freshman guard Justin Turner scored in double figures for the 10th-straight game. Turner posted 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
• Sophomore guard Dylan Frye went 3-for-7 from downtown, finishing with 11 points, two assists, two steals and one rebound.
• Frye has now made multiple three-balls in 20-career games. He's hit at least two triples in 10 games in 2017-18.
• Junior guard Antwon Lillard was well-rounded yet again, racking up eight points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal. In conference play, Lillard is averaging 14.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
• Freshman forward Derek Koch turned in a solid night's work, finishing with seven points and seven rebounds.
• Senior guard Matt Fox went 2-for-3 from three-point land to finish with eight points. He also had three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Fox entered night leading the MAC in three-point shooting, and he increased that total tonight. He's now shooting 47.8 percent from deep on the season.
• Sophomore guard Rodrick Caldwell added three assists, one rebound and one steal.
• Freshman forward Daeqwon Plowden chipped in with two rebounds in eight minutes.

FALCON FACTS
• The Falcons are now 2-1 in MAC play for the third time in the last four years.
• The win marked Bowling Green's first over Northern Illinois under head coach Michael Huger. BGSU has now defeated 10 different MAC schools under Huger, with Buffalo being the only squad BGSU has not beaten yet under the Falcons' coach.
• Bowling Green increased its advantage over NIU in the all-time series to 33-29.
• The win marked Bowling Green's first home conference win of 2017-18.
• The Falcons are now 5-3 at the Stroh Center this season, and 63-41 at the facility all-time.
• The Falcons shot 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the field. BGSU is now 2-2 on the season when shooting below 40.0 percent, after entering the season 0-19 under head coach Michael Huger when shooting below 40.0 percent.
• Bowling Green went an impressive 16-for-20 (80.0 percent) from the free throw line.
• The Falcons went 8-for-24 (33.3 percent) from downtown.
• Bowling Green held Northern Illinois to a 21-for-57 (36.8 percent) clip shooting the basketball, marking the third time this season that the Falcons have held an opponent under 40.0 percent shooting.
• BGSU limited the Huskies to an ugly 5-for-17 (29.4 percent) mark from three-point territory.
• The Falcons posted 15 assists, marking the eighth game this season with 15-plus assists.
• Bowling Green out-rebounded Northern Illinois, 44-32. BGSU has registered 40-plus rebounds in seven games in 2017-18.
• The Falcons recorded 12 offensive rebounds, while limiting Northern Illinois to just four offensive rebounds.
• The Orange and Brown doubled up NIU in second-chance points (8-4).

QUOTE OF THE GAME
"We were able to hit some big shots down the stretch. Justin Turner hit a big three out of the corner, and Matt Fox hit a big three from the top, so we were really able to pull it off at the end." – Coach Huger

UP NEXT
• Bowling Green travels to Akron on Saturday (Jan. 13) to take on the Zips.
• The contest is slated for a 2 p.m. tip. The game is part of a BGSU-Akron doubleheader, as the Falcon women take on the Zips at 4:30 p.m.
Published: 1/10/2018 6:39:50 AM Custom Tag