Bowling Green-Miami (OH): Falcons Find Bigger Birds In The MAC

Drew GatewoodAnalyst IJanuary 23, 2010


Bowling Green came back to Earth as it lost to a bad Miami team on the road. The Redhawks are 6-12 on the season after storming back in the second half to beat the Falcons 64-52.

Bowling Green was looking for its third straight conference win, and looked well on its way going into the half 20-19. The Falcons had dominated the first half even though the score indicated otherwise.

The Second half was a different story for both teams, as the Falcons couldn’t hit a shot and Miami got hot from the perimeter. The Redhawks finished shooting 50 percent from behind the arc, and 46 percent from the field. The Falcons struggled in the second half and ended up shooting 40 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range.

Dee Brown finished with 17 points for the Falcons and was aided by Scott Thomas’s 10 points. They were the only Falcons in double figures. Miami wasn’t much better on the scoring end, Kenney Hayes’s 17 points tied Brown for game high. Only two other players were in double figures for the Redhawks, Julian Mavunga who had 11, and Nick Winbush who chipped in 13 of his own.

Neither of these clubs have much hope at tournament play, other than the MAC tournament, and even then success will be hard to find.  Both teams have consistency issues on offense, but today played tough defense.

The Redhawks out-rebounded the Falcons 29-23 and held the advantage of 7-2 in the blocks category as well. Bowling Green got into foul trouble early in the second half and that added with Miami’s defensive prowess doomed any hope for a comeback.

Bowling Green (9-8) will take on a Eastern Michigan team that’s 10-8 on the season and has been impressive at home going 7-1. This will be another tough test for a Falcon squad still trying to find itself the season.