Bowling Green Falcons End Season on Sour Note, Look Forward To 2010-2011 season

Drew GatewoodAnalyst IMarch 9, 2010

Bowling Green had a slim chance of finishing above .500 this season, ending its season on a three game slide. The only hope was a serious run in the MAC Tournament, and unfortunately, the Falcons just didn’t have it in them this season.

Bowling Green held a 39-38 advantage going into the half, but fell to Western Michigan 75-73 in the opening round of the tournament. This loss brought Bowling Green to 14-16 on the season and 6-10 in conference play. It also ended their season.

Starting the season, there was renewed optimism with senior leadership coming from Otis Polk, Marc Larson, Erik Marschall and Matt Karaffa. It also saw the addition of Dennis Hopson to the coaching staff.

Polk, Larson, and Marschall shared minutes for a large part of the season. Scott Thomas, the team's leading scorer, was the only player to play more than 26 minutes in every game this season.

Marschall and Larson underachieved for most of the season. Larson finished the season  averaging 5.6 points and 4.2 rebounds. Marschall never could reach the totals of his sophomore year and averaged 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds this season.

Joe Jakubowski was a bright spot for Bowling Green in his third season, averaging 8.3 points and 3.7 assists a game.  He’ll be a key member of the team next season as the team's point guard.

Scott Thomas averaged a team high 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season. Thomas, along with Jakubowski and scoring guard Dee Brown, will be the key members of the Falcons next season. Brown averaged 10.6 points per game and was the only other returning Falcon besides Thomas to do so this season.

Luke Kraus, Danny McElroy, and DaVon Haynes are all underclassmen that should see considerable action next season with the loss of the seniors. The Falcons should be more competitive next season as this young team matures.