Bowling Green State University junior forward Richaun Holmes broke his own BGSU single-season record for blocked shots on Sunday afternoon, as the Falcons fell on the road to the Miami RedHawks 55-52 in Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio.
The game was the fifth straight contest for the Falcons that has come down to the final possession of the contest.
Holmes registered his 74th block of the season at the 10:55 mark of the second half to surpass both his and the BGSU single-season record of 73 swats set just last season.
Bowling Green falls to 11-16 overall and 5-9 in the MAC with the loss, while Miami improves to 10-15 overall and 6-8 in league play with the win.
Spencer Parker led the Falcons with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while Cameron Black had eight points and 10 rebounds for BGSU. Holmes chipped in with nine points, which all came in the second half, and nine rebounds to go along with his two blocked shots.
Miami, who had eight different players score, was led by Will Felder and Willie Moore who each had a team-high 11 points, while both Geovonie McKnight and Joshua Oswald added nine points apiece in the win.
BGSU held the RedHawks to only five made field goals in the second half, as Miami was 5-of-15 (33.3 percent) over the final 20 minutes of play, and committed only three turnovers in the second period on the offensive end, yet couldn't overcome the 10 point halftime deficit at 35-25.
The Falcons led off the game with back-to-back three-pointers from Anthony Henderson to fly out to an early 6-0 lead just over a minute into the contest.
Yet the visitors in orange would not score for the next 4:40 of the game, as Miami ran off 15 straight points to take a 15-6 lead on a BGSU turnover and Miami basket from Felder with 14:51 to go in the opening half.
Bowling Green finally ended the scoring drought with a layup from Craig Sealey at the 14:19 mark, as the Falcons went on a 9-2 run, capped off by an old-fashion three-point play from Parker, to slice the RedHawks' lead to two at 17-15 with 9:14 on the first half game clock.
The two teams traded baskets over the next several minutes until three straight points from Parker pushed the Falcons to within one point at 23-22, while minutes later a long jump shot from JD Tisdale placed BGSU down just one once more at 25-24 with 4:11 to play before the halftime break.
Miami followed with eight straight points, including back-to-back three-pointers from Jaryd Eustace and Oswald, and outscored the Falcons 10-1 over the final three minutes of the first half to take a double digit lead at 35-25 into the halftime intermission.
The Falcons, who were plagued by 10 turnovers which led to 13 first half points for the RedHawks, got back into the game in the second half with defense and by taking care of the ball, as BGSU held Miami without a made field goal for the first six minutes of the second period after the halftime break.
During that span, BGSU used an 11-4 run, as all four of the RedHawks' points came from the free throw line, to trim the home team's lead to four at 39-35 on a two-handed slam from Holmes and a basket on the low block over a double team from Black with 14:32 to go in the game.
However, the RedHawks found its offense after a 30 second timeout, as Oswald hit a jumper from the left wing at the 14:03 mark to not only end the field goal drought, but it was also the first of two straight buckets from Miami who extended its lead back to seven at 43-36 with just under 14 minutes to play.
Both teams traded baskets over the next few minutes until a driving layup from Parker at the 9:57 mark put the Falcons down just three at 45-42.
Miami answered with a three-pointer from Moore and then after a dunk from Holmes for BGSU and a dunk from Felder from Miami, the Falcons' got yet another two-handed slam from Holmes, this time on an offensive rebound, to put the score at 50-46 with 7:20 on the game clock.
The Falcons held Miami without a basket and to only five made free throws over the final 7:43 of the contest, yet struggled to find points on the offensive end.
After two straight free throws from McKnight put Miami up six at 52-46, the Falcons sandwiched another RedHawks free throw with a jump-hook in the paint from Black and a dunk from Parker along the baseline to once again get within three points at 53-50 with 3:31 to go in regulation.
Holmes came up with a huge block, his second of the game, on the next Miami offensive possession to give the ball back to the Falcons with time winding down.
On the ensuing offensive play, BGSU missed a three-point attempt only to see Black come up with a big offensive rebound to keep the Falcons alive.
Following a BGSU timeout, the visitors got the ball down low to Holmes on the right block who powered through two Miami defenders to hit the layup and put the orange and brown down one at 53-52 with 1:47 to play.
BGSU again came up with another huge stop on the defensive end, forcing Miami into a tough three-pointer. However, this time, the Falcons failed to score on its offensive possession, as Miami came away with the rebound and ball.
With 41 seconds to play and out of a Miami timeout, BGSU's Shaun Joplin, who just entered the game, nearly came away with a steal in the backcourt, but was called for the foul to send Miami to the charity stripe.
There McKnight missed the first free throw attempt, but made the second to put the score at 54-52 with just under 30 seconds to play.
Using its final timeout of the game, the Falcons got the ball up the court and saw a three-pointer from Jehvon Clarke at the top of the key miss to the right, as Miami hauled in the rebound and was immediately fouled.
The RedHawks' Moore, like McKnight, missed the first one, but made the second one to put Miami up three at 55-52 with just under three seconds to play.
BGSU's last second half court heave was offline, as the RedHawks held on for the 55-52 home win.
The Falcons shot 23-of-58 (39.7 percent) for the game overall compared to Miami's 20-of-50 (40 percent).
BGSU outscored the RedHawks 38-22 in points in the paint and 10-6 in second chance points, however, Miami held a 18-5 edge in points off turnovers and 11-4 in points from the free throw line where Bowling Green was just 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) for the game.
Bowling Green (11-16, 5-9 MAC) will return home to host Kent State on Wednesday night, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Stroh Center.