The Bowling Green State University men's basketball team held Wright State to only 20 points over the final 20 minutes of play and to 0-of-13 (0 percent) from the three-point line for the game, yet struggled to overcome both a slow start and 21 turnovers in a 46-43 non-conference road loss at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday afternoon.
Bowling Green held the Raiders to only one point over the final 4:09 of the contest, yet saw its three-point attempt to tie the game up in the closing seconds miss long to allow Wright State to sneak away with the three-point, 46-43, win.
The loss snaps the Falcons winning streak at three and puts Bowling Green back out .500 at 6-6 on the season.
The win pushes Wright State to 8-0 on the season at home and 8-7on the year overall.
Bowling Green got a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds from Richaun Holmes, his second of the season, and 11 points from fellow starting forward Spencer Parker to lead the Falcons' offense.
Fellow starters Jehvon Clarke and Anthony Henderson added seven and five points apiece, while center Cameron Black had four points on 2-of-3 shooting from the floor for the game. Henderson pulled down a career-high nine rebounds in the loss.
The Raiders were led by AJ Pacher's 14 points, to go along with nine rebounds, while off the bench Miles Dixon chipped in with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor in 26 minutes of play.
In what was a slow start on the offensive end for both teams, the Falcons got a two-handed dunk from Holmes and a put back layup from Black to tie the score up at 6-6 with 13:42 to go in the opening half.
Following a rebound and layup from Henderson minutes later to give Bowling Green its first lead of the contest at the 13 minute mark, the two teams tied the game up three more times before an 8-3 run by the home standing Raiders pushed Wright State out to a 22-17 lead on back-to-back layups from Reggie Arceneaux and Kendall Griffin with just under three minutes to play before the half.
BGSU got a hard-fought driving layup from Parker to end the run, yet failed to score over the final 2:40 of the opening half to go into the halftime break down seven at 26-19.
The 19 points matched the lowest first half total (Saint Louis) for the Falcons on the year, as BG was 8-of-22 (36.4 percent) from the floor overall, but was hampered by 11 first half turnovers.
Bowling Green continued to mishandle the ball on the offensive end to start the second half and saw the Raiders pull out to a double digit lead at 33-22 on back-to-back free throws from Pacher with 15:48 to go in regulation.
After a mid-range jumper from Dixon less than a minute later pushed the Raiders lead to 13 with 14:56 to play, a tough layup from Parker down the right side of the lane ended the 7-3 run by Wright State, only to see the Raiders get a three-point play minutes later to take its largest lead of the game at 14 points, 38-24, with 11:23 to go in regulation.
Parker would again make good on a contested layup 30 seconds later, while Clarke hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to quick start a 13-5 run, capped off by a dunk from Holmes, to cut the Raiders lead to five at 42-37 with 5:40 to go in the contest.
The two teams would trade points over the next few minutes, until an old-fashion three-point play from Holmes with just over two minutes left put the Falcons down just three at 45-42.
Holmes, who scored the final eight points of the game for the Falcons over the last 5:40 of the game, would hit 1-of-2 free throws with 1:46 to go on the game clock to put Bowling Green down just two at 45-43.
Wright State, who had not scored since the 4:09 mark during the Falcons late charge, saw Dixon hit 1-of-2 free throws with 9.2 seconds on the game clock to put the home team in front by three at 46-43.
Bowling Green saw its last second three-point attempt to tie the game hit off the back rim, as the Raiders escaped with the 46-43 home win.
The Falcons were outscored 19-1 in bench points and 30-18 in points in the paint.
The 43 points is the lowest scoring total output this season for the Falcons, who shot 43.6 percent (17of-39) from the floor for the game.
Bowling Green (6-6) will conclude its 2013-14 non-conference slate on Thursday, Jan.2, as the Falcons will host IPFW at 7 p.m. in the Stroh Center.