Sunday, February 28, 2010

Falcons Battle Zips, Fall, Head to Road for MAC Tourney

On Senior Day at Anderson Arena, the Falcons put together a stronger performance than they did against Kent, but in the end Akron won by 6.  Down the stretch it got as close as 4, but BG never had the ball in a one-possession game.

With 10 minutes left in the second half, Akron was maintaining its 12 point lead, but then BG went on a little mini-run to make it interesting, but couldn't close the door on the ride home.

Statistically, there were some interesting elements.  Most notably, Akron was called for a mind-boggling 26 fouls, an incredible number for a team that is winning.  (It is the most fouls by any BG opponent this year). BG shot 31 free throws and made 22, a +7 advantage over the Zips.  Two things counter balanced that:  the Zips made 7 3s and absolutely killed us on the offensive boards.  Overall shooting was pretty even, and BG had good luck getting the ball into the middle.  Both teams struggled with turnovers.

Individually speaking, Otis has a really nice game again, with 17 points and 5 boards, shooting 7 of 10 from the field.  Scott Thomas continued to struggle shooting but ended up at the line enough to finish with 16 points (with 8 boards and 5 steals).  Otis and Scott together did account for 9 turnovers.  Dee Brown had 12 and Erik Marschall 10 as well.

So, the home portion of the season ends.  A trip to OU looms.  Later today, we'll see who we might play in the MAC tourney next week.

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