Bowling Green Gets Huge Road Win in Akron

The Falcons failed to Fear the Roo and instead defeated the Zips 50-46 before a strong crowd assembled at the James A. Rhodes Arena.  Bowling Green had a terrible first 15 minutes of offense, and while Akron was barely better, they were able to build an 18-8 lead with about 3 minutes to play.  But then a BG spurt keyed by a couple 3s and a couple steal run-out sequences gave them a 24-20 lead before the Zips got the final basket of the half.  The 2nd half was close throughout, with BG usually leading but never by more than 5 points as the Falcons continued to struggle on offense.  They had a couple shot clock violations and many other occassions where they had to jack something up late in the clock.  The Zips struggles were moreso to do with missing open and semi-open looks than not getting looks.  Anyhow, an Akron 6-0 run late in the 2nd half gave them a 46-45 lead at the U4 media timeout, and they held that lead for the next couple minutes.  BG got the ball with about 90 seconds remaining and used a timeout to get out of a trap at midcourt, then had to burn their last timeout to avoid a 5 second call on the inbound.  The possession was not doing anything wonderful but Moten bailed it out by hitting an NBA length 3 with just under a minute remaining for the 48-46 lead.  Akron called timeout in the front court and eventually missed a shot but was able to get the loose ball when a Zips player was allowed to tackle a Falcon around the Akron 35 yard line, grab the ball, and call timeout.  Akron again missed a shot but the ball went out of bounds off the Falcons.  This time BG got a steal and a fastbreak basket with 11 seconds remaining to close the scoring at 50-46.

With the win BG improves to 10-4 in the conference and co-lead the East Division and the MAC overall with Buffalo who snuck past Ohio today.  As the Falcons swept the regular season series with the Bulls BG has the tiebreaker and would be in the #1 seed in Cleveland, and have an NIT bid in their back pocket, should they win their remaining two games at Miami and vs Ohio.  Of course, said winning is far from a given; especially the trip to Oxford is frought with peril and the Bobcats are capable of the mild upset as well.  Either way, the Falcons are well positioned to make noise in Cleveland and hopefully get that NCAA Tournament bid.  Forward Falcons!

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