Bowling Green is 2-0 on the road in MAC play this season.
* The Falcons are 3-4 thus far in the month of January.
* These two teams played back on Jan. 8, a 56-51 win for EMU over BGSU in the Stroh Center.
* Both Jehvon Clarke and Anthony Henderson drained four 3-pointers each in the loss to Miami last time out.
* BGSU has hit 10 treys as a team in two of its last three games.
* This game will feature the two leading shot blockers in the MAC in Da'Shonte Riley (57 blocks) of EMU and Richaun Holmes (56) of BGSU.
* These two teams are two of the best defensive teams in the MAC, as both allow less than 64.1 points per game on the year.
* Coach Louis Orr is two wins away from picking up his 100th win at BGSU.
* Coach Orr is also only two wins away from recording his 200th career win.
* BGSU as a program is only four wins away from win number 1,300 (1,296).
* Bowling Green is in its 99th season of basketball this year.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Date: Jan. 8, 2014
Location: Bowling Green, Ohio (Stroh Center)
Score: Eastern Michigan, 56-51
Notes: The Bowling Green State University men's basketball team had four players score in double figures on Wednesday night, yet saw the difference of a tight game play out at the free throw line where the Falcons were just 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) compared to Eastern Michigan's 21-of-30 (70 percent) in a 56-51 home loss in the two teams' Mid-American Conference opener at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Falcons fall to 6-8 overall and 0-1 in MAC play with the loss, while EMU improves to 9-5 overall and starts conference play at 1-0 with the win. Junior Richaun Holmes led the Falcons offensively with a game-high 17 points, 12 of which came in the first half, while guard Jehvon Clarke added 11 points in 38 minutes of play. Fellow starters Spencer Parker and Anthony Henderson each chipped in with 10 points apiece, while senior Cameron Black hauled in a game-high nine rebounds in the loss. For the Eagles, guard Mike Talley and forward Karrington Ward led the way with 14 and 13 points each, respectively, as eight different players scored for Eastern Michigan in the win. The contest saw seven ties and seven lead changes during the forty minutes of action. Both teams relied on their defenses throughout the contest, as BGSU shot just 30.8 percent (16-of-52) overall for the game and was only 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) from behind the three-point line. Eastern Michigan fared only one bucket better, as the Eagles shot 34.7 percent (17-of-49) overall and were only 1-of-7 (14.3 percent) from downtown. However, the Eagles held a five point advantage at the free throw line over the Falcons, as EMU was 21-of-30 (70 percent) compared to BGSU's 16-of-28 (57.1 percent). With time running out, BGSU got two quick layups from Parker and Clarke to cut the EMU lead back down to five at 48-43, yet saw the next six points go in favor of Eastern Michigan who held on down the stretch with free throws from Darell Combs and Olalekan Ajayi to defeat the Falcons 56-51. EMU outscored the Falcons 28-24 in points in the paint and 12-6 in fast break points, while Bowling Green held a huge 14-5 advantage over the Eagles in second chance points for the contest.
BGSU vs. EMU SERIES HISTORY
Bowling Green is 46-40 overall versus the Eagles of Eastern Michigan in men's
basketball action. The two teams first met back in 1916, which was a 36-22 home
win for Eastern Michigan over BGSU. The Eagles defeated the Falcons 56-51 back on Jan. 8 of this year in the two teams' MAC opener.
LAST 10 MEETINGS (Series tied at 5-5)
Date Location Result
Jan. 8, 2014 at Bowling Green L, 51-56
Jan. 12, 2013 at Bowling Green W, 46-44
Jan. 28, 2012 at Eastern Michigan L, 50-55
Jan. 29, 2011 at Bowling Green W, 68-63
Jan. 27, 2010 at Eastern Michigan W, 64-61
Feb. 15, 2009 at Bowling Green L, 57-65
Feb. 13, 2008 at Eastern Michigan L, 68-78
Feb. 10, 2007 at Bowling Green L, 63-65
Feb. 7, 2006 at Bowling Green W, 73-71
Jan. 18, 2006 at Eastern Michigan W, 79-72
LAST TIME OUT
Bowling Green, Ohio – Despite a career-high 22 points from junior guard Jehvon Clarke, the Bowling Green State University men's basketball team had its winning streak snapped with a 70-65 home loss to the Miami RedHawks on Saturday night in the Stroh Center. The loss, which snapped the Falcons' winning streak at three games, drops BGSU to 9-10 overall and 3-3 in the MAC. With the win the RedHawks improved to 8-9 overall and 4-2 in the league. BGSU hit 10 three-pointers, matching its season-high, for the second time this season; however, the Falcons struggled at the free throw line where the home team was only 9-of-17 (52.9 percent). Miami, who connected on 22-of-26 (84.6 percent) shots from the charity stripe, also held an 18-5 advantage in points off turnovers as the Falcons coughed up the ball 14 times in the game. The Falcons, who had 16 assists in the contest, were led by Clarke's career-high 22 points and six assists, as the junior hit a career-high four three-pointers in 38 minutes of play. Behind Clarke's 22 points, fellow starting guard Anthony Henderson had 15 points before fouling out, while Richaun Holmes was held to nine points, the first time in the last 13 games that he didn't reach double digits in scoring. Senior center Cameron Black hauled in a game-high nine rebounds and dished out four assists, while Spencer Parker had eight rebounds, matching his career-high. The Falcons went ice cold from the floor offensively, as Miami finished the first half out on a 19-5 run over the final five minutes of play to take an eight point lead at 36-28 into the halftime intermission. The home team would cut the Miami lead to five on three different occasions over the first eight minutes of the second half, yet saw the RedHawks answer with a field goal of its own each time until another three-pointer from Henderson at the 12:36 mark put the score at 47-42. Clarke followed with a driving layup in the paint minutes later, while a free throw from Parker put the Falcons down just two at 47-45 with 9:30 to go in the game. Again Miami had an answer, as Sullivan hit another three-pointer to kick-off a 10-0 run over the next four minutes by the visitors who pulled out to a 57-47 lead with just over five minutes in regulation. Bowling Green refused to quit, as the Falcons would again cut the lead to five at 57-52 on a Clarke three-pointer, once more at 61-56 on an offensive rebound and put back from Parker, and a third time at 67-62 on another trey ball from Clarke, only to continue to fight an uphill battle as the RedHawks went 6-of-6 from the free throw line during that span. With the score at 67-62, BGSU followed a made free throw by Miami's Sullivan with another long distance three from Damarkeo Lyshe to put the Falcons down just three at 68-65 with just over six seconds on the game clock. However, time would run out on BGSU, as Felder closed the game out with two straight free throws in the closing seconds to give the RedHawks the 70-65 MAC win. BGSU was 23-of-55 (41.8 percent) from the floor overall and 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) from downtown, while Miami was 21-of-45 (46.7 percent) and 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) from behind the three-point line.
UNDEFEATED ON THE ROAD IN THE MAC
Bowling Green enters Wednesday night's road contest at Eastern Michigan undefeated in road MAC games having posted wins at Western Michigan (Jan. 19) and at Ohio (Jan. 22). The Falcons are 2-0 on the road in MAC action.