Freshmen provide spark for BGSU men in 90-58 win
With four players scoring in double figures, Bowling Green’s men’s basketball team rolled past Morgan State 90-58 in a Saturday matinee at the Stroh Center.
However, it took the Falcons a while to get on track against the Bears.
Trailing 7-4 early in the game, BG head coach Michel Huger went to his bench for freshmen Dylan Frye and Rodrick Caldwell and redshirt freshman Rasheed Worrell. The trio responded with 11 points in less than six minutes, with Frye’s layup giving the Falcons a 15-13 lead with 9:37 remaining in the half. Bowling Green never trailed again.
“I just try to come off the bench and bring a lot of energy, just play as hard as I can,” Frye said. “I try to get everyone involved and play my game.”
Huger liked what he saw from his bench players, who scored 48 of BG’s 90 points. Matt Fox, who was recently awarded a scholarship by Huger, scored a team-high 18 points, and Frye finished with 15. Fox (4-of-7) and Frye (3-of-4) were a combined 7-of-11 on 3s.
“Dylan was able to come in and knock down shots and be confident,” Huger said. “Dylan was able to attack it (Morgan State’s zone) on the drives, get some easy ones and some transition stuff and that carried over into the second half. He played really well in the second half.
“Fox is Mr. Reliable,” Huger continued. “He can play multiple positions for us. He came in and hit some big shots. I was more impressed with his defense than the 18 points he scored. He did a tremendous job on the defensive end.”
The Falcons extended their lead to 33-22 at the half despite committing 12 turnovers and going 1-of-14 from the 3-point arc in the first 20 minutes.
Huger remained calm in the locker room at halftime and the Falcons responded with a 12-6 start to the second half.
“They were really focused in on what we had to do in the second half,” Huger said. “If I am in there yelling and screaming, they get tight. And they come out in the second half and they are tight and playing scared to move the ball and scared to do anything because I went on a rant.
“They react to me and what I do. So if I am out of control they are pretty much out of control. If I am calm and cool, they’ll be calm and cool.”
Morgan State was within 13, 41-28, with 15:54 left in the game, but the Falcons pulled away as Fox scored 14 points in the second half and Frye added 10. BG was 7-of-9 on 3s in the second half.
“I’m happy with the way we played. Turnovers we can clean up … shots are going to fall. We have to get into the offense quicker,” Huger said. “We are in a good place right now and we want to stay there for a long time.”
Also in double figures for the Falcons were Demajeo Wiggins with 12 points and Zach Denny with 11.
A senior, Denny finished with eight steals, which tied the school record. Joe Faine (1981), Trent Jackson (2000) and Scott Thomas (2012) all had eight steals previously for BG.
“He took pride in his man-to-man defense. … He was not fouling and that was a key for him,” Huger said of Denny.
NOTES: Bowling Green improves to 2-4 with its second straight win … Morgan State falls to 2-4 … Freshman walk-on Ethan Good saw his first action of the season and his free throw was BG’s 90th point of the game … Morgan State’s Tiwian Kendley scored a game-high 22 points … The Falcons held a 47-32 rebounding edge with Worrell having nine rebounds and Antwon Lillard adding eight … BG hosts Notre Dame College Tuesday with tipoff at 7 p.m.
BGSU 90, MORGAN STATE 58
MORGAN STATE (2-4)
Thomas, 1-2-2—10; Carr, 5-1-0—13; Ennis, 1-0—2; Cameron, 0-0—0; Kendley, 7-1-5—22; Davis, 0-0—0; Graves, 2-2—6; Gillespie, 0-0—0; Syfax, 1-3—5. TOTALS: 17-4-12—58.
BOWLING GREEN (2-4)
Wiggins, 6-0—12; Alcegaire, 2-2—6; Denny, 2-1-4—11; Lillard, 2-4—8; Ali, 2-1—5; Hluchowecky, 0-0—0; Caldwell, 2-3—7; Frye, 2-3-2—15; Fox, 3-4-0—18; Good, 0-1—1; Worrell, 3-1—7. TOTALS: 24-8-18—90.
Halftime score: BGSU, 33-22. Technical fouls: None. Attendance: 1,074.