Ayers scores 30 to lead Falcons in 102-65 win


The Bowling Green State University men’s basketball program closed out the non-conference schedule with a 102-65 victory over Ohio Dominican at the Stroh Center Thursday night.

The Falcons registered a season-best 58.3% (34-for-60) from the field while shooting 92% (23-for-25) from the free throw line. The win moves Bowling Green to 6-7 on the season and 4-3 at home.

Leon Ayers III led the Falcons to the team’s highest scoring output of the season, scoring 30 points to mark BGSU’s first 30-point game in over two years. Ayers also had six assists and four rebounds.

Ayers now has five of the Falcons’ seven 20-point games this season. His performance also marked the first 30-point game by a Falcon since Justin Turner scored 33 against Buffalo on Dec. 6, 2020. Ayers made a career-high 11 shots on 13 attempts for an impressive 84.6% from the field.

Kaden Metheny joined in with 20 points to give BGSU two 20-point scorers for the first time this season. Sam Towns added his first double-double as a Falcons with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Rashaun Agee (12) and Samari Curtis (10) added double-digit points.

Metheny had five assists and three rebounds, Agee had four rebounds and blocked two shots, and Curtis had four rebounds and four assists.

Curtis entered the game with a 92.1% mark at the free throw line, eighth in the nation. He went a perfect 8-for-8 in the game to move his season mark to 93.5%.

BGSU tallied a season-high 25 assists as a team, the first game for the team with 25 or more assists since having 32 against Carlow last season. BGSU has had at least 20 assists in three of the last five games and are averaging 18.8 assists per game over those five games.

BGSU finished out the game with 42 rebounds, the team’s third game this season with 40+ rebounds. The Falcons are now 6-0 this season when outrebounding their opponent.

Getting his first start of the season, Brenton Mills made a season-high two three pointers while adding a season-high three assists and eight points for the Orange and Brown.

Jackson Watson recorded a career-high five points for the Falcons, adding a career-high two rebounds and his first assist of the season to his stat line. Ubongabasi Etim made a layup late in the game to record his first collegiate points.

Madani Diarra tallied a rebound at each end of the court for the Falcons, giving him his first offensive board of the season and a season-high two rebounds.

The Falcons will begin MAC play, traveling to Ypsilanti, Mich. to face the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Tuesday, Jan. 3 for a 7 p.m. tip.

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