Falcons beat Fairmont, 93-74

BG’s Samari Curtis, left, drives the ball past Fairmont State’s George Mangas Monday morning.

J.D. Pooley | Sentinel-Tribune

Bowling Green State University men’s basketball tallied a season-high 93 points on a season-best 53.6% from the field and 87.1% from the free throw line to pick up the win over Fairmont State on Monday at the Stroh Center.

A 22-2 stretch in the first half pushed the Falcons out in front and BG didn’t look back, capturing the 93-74 win after closing out the game with a 12-0 run.

The win pushes Bowling Green to 5-7 on the season with one more non-conference contest on the schedule, hosting Ohio Dominican on Dec. 29.

BGSU coach Michael Huger was pleased to see his team win over a quality program as he prepares the Falcons for Mid-American Conference action.

“They’re a very good team. They play well together and have been together for a while.They can score the ball, I see why they average 95 points a game,” Huger said. “They can score in a variety of ways. They’re just a very good team and this was a great challenge for us.”

The Falcons were led by Leon Ayers III who narrowly missed a triple-double. Ayers finished with 20 points, eight assists and eight rebounds

Sam Towns posted a career-high 19 points, going 8-for-8 from the field, while Rashaun Agee added 18. BGSU recorded 46 points in the paint, winning the battle down low 46-22. The Falcons also matched their season-high for assists in a game with 20.

Samari Curtis did a little bit of everything for the Falcons. He led the team in assists with nine while adding nine points, five rebounds, two steals and a block to fill up the stat sheet.

Brenton Mills posted a season-high 12 points for the Falcons, going a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line on his birthday.

Mills added a season-best five rebounds to his stat line in the effort. Mills has now played with the Falcons on his birthday twice and has averaged 12.5 points per game over those two games.

Ubongabasi Etim, Madani Diarra and Jackson Watson all saw minutes late in the game. Etim grabbed his first defensive rebound of his career, Diarra snagged a defensive board and Watson made his first bucket at home this season.

Fairmont State came out of the gates firing, scoring the first seven points of the game to take a 7-0 lead.

BGSU worked to narrow the gap, bringing the score to 17-14 Fairmont State at the under-12 media timeout of the first half.

Bowling Green continued to chip away, closing the lead to just one at the under-8 media timeout with a 6-0 run to make the score 22-21 Fairmont State.

The run stretched to 13-0 for BGSU out of the timeout, taking a 28-24 advantage. The lead continued to grow, to 37-24 with a 22-2 stretch going into the final media timeout of the first half.

Fairmont State cut into the lead late in the half with an 8-0 run, but the Falcons maintained the lead going into the break, up 41-39.

Bowling Green opened the second half with a 15-4 stretch to take a 59-45 lead into the first timeout of the half.

An 8-0 run for Fairmont State drew the score 64-58 Bowling Green. FSU continued to chip away up to the media timeout with BGSU leading 73-67.

BGSU was able to stay out in front and closed the game with a 12-0 run.

With the win, the Falcons move back to .500 at home on the season with a 3-3 record at the Stroh.

Bowling Green is now 2-0 all-time against Fairmont State in regular season matchups.

The Falcons return to the court on Dec. 29 to host Ohio Dominican in the final non-conference game of the season. The game is set for a 5 p.m. tip at the Stroh.

BGSU will begin conference play on Jan. 3 on the road at Eastern Michigan.