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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Freshman guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) matched his career high with 20 points, but the Ohio men's basketball team (9-12, 2-7 MAC) suffered a 66-50 loss to Mid-American Conference East Division rival Bowling Green (13-9, 4-5 MAC) on Tuesday (Jan. 30) at the Stroh Center.
The Falcons raced out to a 41-19 halftime lead, and the Bobcats never recovered from an opening 20 minutes of play in which they shot just 20.7 percent (6-of-29) from the floor. Ohio outscored Bowling Green by a 31-25 count in the second half, but Bowling Green never led by less than 14 points in the second half.
"We had one assist in the first half. We had three assists on the game. We worked on a bunch of things in practice, and none of them had to do with creating for your own off the dribble," said fourth-year head coach Saul Phillips. "We were extremely impatient, sloppy with the basketball at times. Outlets to the other team, post feeds to the other team. It's real simple: we can be good if we start to execute offensively as we do daily in practice. Why that translation hasn't been made? Boy, if I knew, it would be fixed."
Kirk shot 7-of-18 from the field and 5-of-12 from the free throw line en route to a game-high 20 points, marking the third time this season he has reached the 20-point mark. He has reached double figures in scoring a team-high 19 times this year -- including each of the last 13 contests. Kirk also matched senior guard Mike Laster (Detroit, Mich.) for the team lead with seven rebounds and tallied a team-high three steals in 34 minutes.
Bowling Green shot 44.1 percent (15-of-34) from the field with five three-pointers in the first half. The Falcons were led by junior forward Demajeo Wiggins, who achieved a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds over 33 minutes of work. Junior guard Antwon Lillard notched 13 points, eight boards and a game-high four steals in 30 minutes.
Ohio opens the second half of 2018 league play by playing host to MAC West Division foe Central Michigan on Saturday (Feb. 3) at 3:30 p.m. ET. The contest will be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.