BOWLING GREEN, Ohio– Despite a 22-point performance from redshirt sophomore forward Jason Carter, the Ohio men's basketball team (8-6, 0-2 MAC) would be unable to overcome a second half shooting performance from Bowling Green (10-5, 2-0 MAC), falling to the Falcons, 82-63, Tuesday night (Jan. 8), inside the Stroh Center.
"We moved the ball better offensively," fifth-year head coach Saul Phillips said. "They got a little loose on us defensively in the driving lines. They did the same thing against Kent State. They broke the defense down and played out of the penetrate and kick game, and that's what got us. It's disappointing because we did do some things well. Like I said, I thought our offense looked more fluid and looked better. Defensively, we did a good job on (Demajeo) Wiggins. But their bench had 43 to our 11, and that's not good enough."
Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) finished the game with 22 points, going 8-of-17 from the field and hitting a career-high five three-pointers, while also grabbing six rebounds. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) finished the game with 17 points, going 8-of-14 from the field and 1-of-2 from three-point range. Redshirt junior guard James Gollon (Stevens Point, Wis.) finished the game with six points, as did freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) Junior guard Antonio Cowart, Jr. (McComb, Miss) finished the game with seven rebounds and a team-high five assists and two steals.
Carter would get the scoring going for the Bobcats, hitting his first layup at the 18:11 mark. Preston would then follow that up moments later with a floater of his own, before Carter would hit his first three of the night, giving Ohio a 7-0 lead at the 17:02 mark.
Bowling Green would get on the board at 16:14, but senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) and Kirk would both connect on layups, putting the Bobcats up 13-4 going into the first media timeout. Bowling Green would go on an 8-0 run to make the score 13-12, but a three-pointer from Cowart, Jr. would bring the Ohio lead to 16-12 with 11:38 left. Carter's second three of the night would put Ohio up 19-14, however, BGSU would go on a 16-2 run to take a 30-21 lead before Carter's third three would stop the run. Senior forward/guard Gavin Block (Lincoln, Ill.) would follow Carter's three up with one of his own, before Carter would hit his fourth of the night with 29 seconds left, tying the game at 30-30 at the half.
At the half, the Bobcats shot 38.7 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range, while Bowling Green shot 43.3 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from three-point range. The Bobcats and Falcons tied on the glass with 18 boards each. Ohio dished out six assists, had four steals and two blocks, while Bowling Green dished out five assists, had five steals and one block.
Kirk opened the second half with a layup in the opening moments of the half, while Carter followed that up moments later with his fifth three of the night, giving Ohio a 35-30 lead at the 18:40 mark. Bowling Green would go on to tie the game at 36-36 before Kirk would score in the paint to put the Bobcats up 38-36 with 17:28 left.
Bowling Green would then take a three-point lead before Carter would give the Bobcats a two-point lead with 13:54 remaining. Bowling Green would go on to take a 55-50 lead before Gollon would score in the paint to cut the Falcons' lead to 55-52 with eight minutes to go. BGSU would then hit three-straight threes to take a 12-point lead. Kirk would then make a layup before the Falcons would go on a 6-0 run to go up 74-54 before a three-point basket by Kirk. Two free throws from Gollon would cut the BGSU lead to 74-59, however, that is as close as Ohio would get, falling to the Falcons by the final of 82-63.
Overall, Ohio shot 44.1 percent from the field, 34.8 from three-point range and 75.0 percent from the free throw line, while Bowling Green shot 53.4 percent from the field, 47.8 percent from three-point range, including 66.7 percent in the second half, and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. Bowling Green recorded 35 rebounds to the Bobcats' 26, while Ohio dished out 11 assists, had seven steals and three blocks, while BGSU had 16 assists, 10 steals and one block.
For Bowling Green, Justin Turner finished the game with 20 points, going 7-of-13 from the field. Michael Laster finished the game with 15 points and four assists, while Dylan Frye finished with 13 points and four assists. Antwon Lillard also finished with 13 points, while Jeffrey Uju also scored in double figures, wrapping up the game with 10 points.
Up next, Ohio heads to Muncie, Ind. on Saturday, Jan. 12 when the Bobcats take on Ball State. Tip-off is set for Noon inside Worthen Arena.