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UB-Bowling Green Game Analysis

Bowling Green 74, UB 71 (2OT)

How Bowling Green Won: Falcons did an outstanding job utilizing weak-side cuts to shred UB's man-to-man help defense. Falcons shot 51.7 percent against a team that had been allowing opponents to shoot a mere 38.7 percent from the field.

Turning Point: Bulls moved the ball pretty well against zone late in the first half and were primed to take an eight-point lead early in the second half. But Mitchell Watt missed a dunk, Scott Thomas scored in transition and the Falcons were ahead about 2 1/2 minutes later.

Player of the Game: BG soph forward A'ustin Calhoun was sensational with 20 points and nine boards. But let's got with junior forward Scott Thomas, who scored 19 on 8-of-12 shooting, grabbed 11 boards, handed out three assists and produced two steals. That's what they mean by filling up the stat sheet.

Stat of the Game: Bowling Green shot 51.7 percent from the field (31 of 60) and 45.8 percent from the free-throw line (11 of 24).

Stat of the Game II: UB managed just two fast-break points.

What It Means: Losing conference opener at home a shock to UB team that had won four of last five and thrived on its home floor.

In the House: Attendance listed at 1,761, but it looked like more.

Medical Watch: Titus Robinson limited 10 minutes after in practice this week the same wrist he fractured over summer.

Not Going Anywhere: UB point guard Byron Mulkey played all 50 minutes and looked down the stretch like a player in need of a rest.

Next Up: Bulls face another tempo-altering team in Miami (Ohio) in Oxford on Thursday.

---Bob DiCesare

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