Looking back to Saturday, just a quick note to catch up on the final results from the Falcon-RedHawk tussle in Oxford.
The game was close for the first 29 minutes, when it was tied at 36. However, for the next six minutes from there, BG was out-scored 14-2, giving the RedHawks a 10 point lead they would ride to victory. BG appeared to be in one of there not-unusual offensive funks, missing layups and getting only one field goal over the period of time. From that point on in, the game was never closer than 7.
Miami ended with a +10 advantage in free throw shooting that was really the difference in the game. BG had only 2 offensive rebounds (and only 1 for our three main bigs), and that can't be something that makes Coach Orr happy. From a shooting perspective, Miami shot 46% from the field and 50% from the three-point line, and we're going to struggle to beat a team when they shoot that well. Meanwhile, BG shot 40% and 39%, which are on the low end of what we might need to win. BG did shoot over 80% from the line, building on a good month in that area.
Individually, sophomores Dee Brown (17) and Scott Thomas (10) continued to lead BG's scoring. Brown has a really nice line, with 5-9 shooting, 5 boards and 4 assists with no turnovers, which means he scored his points without using up a ton of possessions. Other players in the backcourt did not shoot especially well, and any contributions our big men made were not evident in the boxscore.
So, the Falcons finish their first run through the East at 2-3. Last year the team got well playing the West (as did everyone in the East) and will get their first chance to do that @EMU on Wednesday.