MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON TICKETS
: Coach Huger With Todd Walker
: BGSU at Kent State
KENT, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University men's basketball team led wire-to-wire in a Mid-American Conference-opening victory at Kent State University. The Falcons (9-5; 1-0 MAC) defeated the Golden Flashes (11-3; 0-1 MAC), 86-64, inside the M.A.C. Center on Saturday (Jan. 5) evening.
Bowling Green scored the first seven points of the game, and led the rest of the way. The Falcons shot 50.7 percent (35-of-69) from the floor, including a 9-for-22 mark (40.9 percent) from downtown.
COACH HUGER QUOTE
"We were really good on the defensive end. We were able to talk the whole game on the defensive end, and that was the difference in the game. We executed our game plan, and the guys played extremely hard for 40 minutes."
TODD WALKER RADIO CALLS
• Plowden Put-Back DUNK
• Fields Early Triple
• Another Plowden SLAM
• Sierra Drains Three-Pointer
• Wiggins DUNK
• Another #DeepFrye
• Lillard From Deep
• Wiggins SLAM
• Block Of The Year From Plowden
• Another Lillard Triple
• Turner Bucket
• FALCONS WIN!
• For a MAC-leading eighth time this season, redshirt-sophomore guard Justin Turner
scored 20-plus points. Turner finished with 20 points and five assists. In the process, Turner upped his scoring average to 18.9, which ranks second-best in the league.
• Over BGSU's five-game winning streak, Turner is averaging 5.4 assists. The Detroit native now ranks sixth in the MAC in assists – averaging 3.9 per game.
• Senior forward Demajeo Wiggins
is now tied for first across all of Division I college basketball with 11 double-doubles. Wiggins finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Wiggins also had a career-high four dunks.
• Senior guard Antwon Lillard
scored all 14 of his points in the second half, and did so on 5-of-7 shooting for the game. The senior went 3-for-4 from downtown, and is now shooting 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from three-point range over the last four games, having made at least one triple in all four of those contests.
• Lillard has shot at least 50.0 percent from the floor in five-consecutive games. Over the current five-game block, Lillard is shooting 60.0 percent (18-of-30) from the floor.
• Junior guard Dylan Frye
added 12 points, four assists and three rebounds. Frye also drilled two three-pointers. He's now made multiple triples in 10 games in 2018-19, running his career total to 38 ballgames.
• Freshman guard Caleb Fields
was solid in 25 minutes of action, as he collected six points, two assists, two rebounds and two steals. Fields has registered multiple rebounds in six-straight games.
• Junior forward Marlon Sierra
went 2-for-3 from the floor, scoring five points while also posting two rebounds, one assist and one steal. Over the last four games, Sierra is shooting 57.8 percent (11-of-19).
• Sophomore forward Daeqwon Plowden
, along with completing arguably the block of the year across college basketball (see below), finished the contest with four points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Plowden also had two dunks, running his season total to seven.
• Redshirt-senior forward Jeffrey Uju
, junior guard Michael Laster
and freshman center Tayler Mattos
each contributed with two points and one rebound. Laster added five assists, and over the last four games, he's notched 14 assists while committing just two turnovers.
• Bowling Green is on a five-game winning streak for the first time since 2015-16. The Falcons have won five-straight games by double figures for the first time since 1958-59.
• The Falcons' 22-point win is Bowling Green's largest margin of victory in a Mid-American Conference game since beating Northern Illinois by a score of 65-40 on Feb. 4, 2012. The victory was BGSU's largest margin of victory in a MAC road game since beating Eastern Michigan, 71-45, on Feb. 17, 2001.
• Bowling Green improves to 88-74 versus Kent State all-time.
• Bowling Green improves to 2-2 in MAC openers and 4-4 against Kent State under head coach Michael Huger
• By picking up its first true road win of 2018-19, the Falcons are now a season-best five games over the .500 mark.
• Bowling Green shot 50.7 percent (35-of-69) for the ballgame, marking the fifth time in 2018-19 that the Falcons have shot at least 50.0 percent. Last season, BGSU shot at least 50.0 percent four times across the entire campaign.
• The Falcons held Kent State to 38.7 percent (24-of-62) shooting for the game, marking the eighth time this season that BGSU has held an opponent under 40.0 percent shooting. Last season, BGSU held an opponent under 40.0 percent shooting four times across the entire campaign. In fact, the Falcons have held an opponent under 40.0 percent shooting in five-straight games.
• By shooting 40.9 percent from downtown, the Falcons have now eclipsed 40.0 percent shooting from three-point territory a total of five times in 2018-19. Four of those efforts have come in the last five games. Over the Falcons' five-game winning streak, BGSU is shooting 41.1 (49-of-119) from deep.
• Bowling Green posted 21 assists on the night. That effort came on the heels of dishing out 25 assists in the Dec. 30 win over Tennessee-Martin. BGSU has now racked up 20-plus assists in back-to-back games for the first time since November of 2017.
• Kent State entered tonight's game averaging just 10.9 turnovers per contest. The Falcons scored 24 points off 16 KSU turnovers.
• BGSU dominated the specialty statistics on the night. The Falcons posted more points off turnovers (24-9), while also recording more paint points (46-26), second-chance points (15-14), and fast-break points (13-9).
• Bowling Green's conference home opener versus Ohio is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The Falcons are 7-0 at home in 2018-19.