BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – An early struggle turned into a cake walk Sunday afternoon.
Bowling Green’s men’s basketball team couldn’t pull away from Urbana University until late in the first half, but the Falcons dominated over the final 26 minutes en route to a 96-55 win over the Blue Knights in the Stroh Center.
The Falcons improve to 4-2 on the season while UU drops to 1-6.
The teams played to a 26-26 tie with 6:44 left in the first half before Bowling Green used a 9-0 run that helped it to a 42-30 lead at halftime. The Falcons then scored the first 15 points of the second half to extend their lead to 57-30 with 16:23 to play.
UU hampered the Falcons early with a flurry of 3-pointers from Carlas Jackson, who entered averaging 16 points per game. Jackson hit five 3s in the first 14 minutes to help keep the Blue Knights in contention. He had 17 of UU’s 30 points in the first half.
But the Blue Knights went cold in the final 6:44 of the opening half, missing 11 of their final 12 shots of the half to go along with three turnovers.
Jackson finished with 20 points and didn’t hit another three the rest of the way. No other UU player recorded more than seven points.
UU’s strong first-half work quickly went to waste in the second half when Bowling Green shot 64.5 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.
UU falls at home
Matt Csuhran and Jahmere Howze scored 54 points combined, but it wasn’t enough as the Urbana University men’s basketball team fell 101-99 in overtime against Davis and Elkins Saturday inside the Grimes Center.
Csuhran finished three points shy of his career high, leading all scorers with 28 points. The sophomore hit 8 of 14 from beyond the arc, and added two more field goals to finish 10-of-19 shooting.
Howze, who is UU’s leading scorer, recorded 16 points combined in the second half and OT period, and also grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double this season. The freshman forward had his way in the paint, and finished 9 of 15 from the field with seven free throws.
Freshman Kevin Fisher scored a career-high 11 points in 16 minutes off the bench, helping UU’s reserves to outscore the visitor’s bench 46-23 during UU’s first OT game of the season.
Freshman Austin Adams registered his first double-double with 10 points and 11 boards, while sophomore Carlas Jackson added 10 points and three assists.
The Blue Knights (1-5, 0-2) led for 26-plus minutes, but couldn’t pick up a defensive stop when they needed it most.
UU shot 46 percent overall from the field, and made 12 of 35 three-point attempts. The Senators were more efficient from both areas, hitting 8 of 16 from deep and shooting 51 percent overall.
With the score tied at 88-88, Adams was fouled at the rim with less than a second left in regulation, but the forward missed both free throws to send the game to OT.
The visitors held off the Blue Knights in the extra period, outscoring UU 13-11 over the final five minutes.
Jackson sunk a pair of free throws with eight seconds left in OT, putting UU down one, 100-99. Then, Davis and Elkins made 1 of 2 on the other end and UU failed to get a shot off on its final possession.
UU led 44-38 at the half, but it allowed a 6-0 Davis and Elkins run out of the break.
Davis and Elkins (1-4) out-muscled UU on the boards 46-40, and used that advantage on the glass to outscore the Blue Knights 46-38 in the paint.