Thursday, November 20, 2014

Falcon Men Now 2-0, Beat Wright State

The Chris Jans era continued its strong start as the Falcons played a pre-UT Football matinee contest and broke a tight game open in the second half and finished with a 70-55 win.  The Falcons are now 2-0 on the young year and while the quality of the competition is yet to be demonstrated, hungry Falcon fans will take the two wins any day.

As you can see below, the game was nip and tuck for the first 30 minutes.  The Raiders led by 1 at the half and BG was up 3 with 10 minutes left to play.  From there BG went on a 21-9 run to close the game out and give BG the victory, eventually going away.

My preview covered Wright State--they are certainly down a couple of guys.  Having said that, we are happy to see our boys winning and playing well in the balance.

For the second straight game, the difference has been...wait for it....SHOOTING.  No, really.  Like shooting the ball into the basket.

BG shot 43% from the field overall--which isn't great--but they shot 45% from beyond the arc and got to the line 24 times, making 19 of them.  Meanwhile, Wright State only shot 33% and 27% and turned the ball over 18 times.

On your fancy advanced statistics, BG had 1.03 points per possession--which is overall pretty average--but Wright State had .81 points per possession, which is pretty much undateable.

The Falcons have had different players power each victory, something else that is a good sign.  Jehvon Clarke had a big game in game 1, but he was quiet in this.  Both Richaun Holmes and Spencer Parker also struggled on the offensive side of the court (Parker had 14 points but on 4 of 12 shooting).

In Game 2, it was Zack Denny who scored 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting and 4 of 4 from beyond the arc.  Joseph and Holmes added 9 as well.

Holmes may have struggled on offense, he had a big day on the defensive side, leading the team with 8 rebounds and blocking 5 shots.  Denny had 7 rebounds and Parker 6.  Jovon Austin led the team with 4 assists.

BG continued to use a lot of depth.  BG had 9 players get over 10 minutes of play and no player went more than 28.

BG has a few days off before South-something Missouri State arrives on Tuesday.  So far, the Falcons are off to a good start and I think we all look forward to seeing it continue.

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