Highly efficient attack not enough for men’s hoops at Bowling Green

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball team dropped the affair Tuesday night with Bowling Green State University, 85-71, at the Stroh Center on Jan. 25.

Eastern held Bowling Green just 17.6 percent from past the arc in a 3-for-17 shooting performance, but fell 85-71 to the Falcons on the road on Tuesday.

The Eagles (7-11, 2-5 MAC) had two players score in double digits, led by freshmen Colin Golson Jr. (Ferndale, Michigan-Detroit (Siena)), who tied his career highest point with 16 points. Junior Bryce McBride (Jackson, Tennessee-Southside (Dyersburg State CC)) stuck on 15 points while senior Darion Spottsville (Phoenix, Ariz.-Shadow Mountain (South Mountain CC)) added eight points and two assists.

Defensive, freshman I Njie (Centerville, Ohio-Centerville (DME Sports Academy)) and Nate Scott (Naperville, Illinois-Neuqua Valley (Northern Illinois)) led the way with six planks each. Spottsville scored the road with two steals.

How it happened
East Michigan struggled out of the gate, falling behind 46-31 en route to halftime.

Bowling Green continued to extend the lead after the break, leading to 20 (82-62) with less than three minutes left. McBride and Co. made some late buckets to narrow the Falcons’ advantage, but were unable to overcome the deficit and fell 85-71.

Game Notes
» Eastern Michigan played solid perimeter defense, with 17.6 percent of Bowling Green on 17 attempts.
» The Eagles shot better from the field (49.1-44.4) and three-point land (20.0-17.6) than the Falcons.
» Golson led Eastern’s offensive offense in the first half, scoring a team-best 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting. The 10 points were tied for his third-highest score of the season (12 vs Ball State, Jan. 8; 11 at Michigan State, Nov. 20; 10 – twice before), and tied for his second-best effort in the first half (12 points vs. BSU were in the second half). The performance was Golson’s fifth individual double-digit half this season.
» Golson finished the game with 16 points, marking his eighth double-digit performance of the season and his best performance of his career. He scored 16 points in four games this season, including tonight’s game.
» EMU conceded 46 points for the first half to the Falcons. It is the fifth game this season in which the EMU has awarded 40+ points in the first half. The total is the third-highest fee in a first half to date (53 at Depaul, Nov. 28; 49 at Michigan State, Nov. 20).
» McBride finished the game with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting. The effort was his 12th double-digit performance of the season. In addition, the game marked his third in a row with 10+ points. McBride now has three separate sets of three consecutive double-digit scoring attempts this season.
» EMU finished the game with 71 points, six better than the average of 65.0 points per game on the road in today’s game. The 71 points are Eastern’s fourth-highest total of the season.
» Eastern shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the field in tonight’s game. That number is the team’s fifth-best shooting performance of the season.
» In tonight’s game, the Green-Whites only hit two shots from behind the three-point line. The game is only the second this season in which EMU has failed to score three or more three-pointers, and the first since hitting just one in Valparaiso, December 20.
» The Eagles scored 42 points in the paint against Bowling Green, the team’s third-highest single-game score this season. Eastern previously scored 46 points in the paint at UC San Diego, Dec. 2, before scoring 50 against Central Michigan, Jan. 11. Eastern has now surpassed the 40 paint point plateau six times this season.
» Eastern Michigan was effective in protecting the rock from the Falcons. The Eagles made only 11 turnovers in the game, only three of them in the second half. That number is the fifth lowest total in a game this season for Green-White.

Next one
Eastern will be back on the track Saturday, January 29 when it welcomes Miami University to the George Gervin GameAbove Center for a weekend soiree. Tipoff is set at 3pm

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