Ayers Shines, But Falcons Record First Loss of Year

Bowling Green Falcons Men’s Basketball traveled down to Wright State to face the Raiders and were unable to keep their win streak going, losing their first game of the year 80-71. 

 The first half began with the Raiders jumping out to a five-to-nothing lead after an Amari Davis two-pointer. Senior Guard Leon Ayers III would proceed to score the first five points for the Falcons all by himself to tie it up, hitting a major three-point shot. This back-and-forth play would continue for some time until the Raiders went on a seven-point run to make the score 20-13 at 10:12 left in the half. The Raiders would continue to control the half, forcing many BG turnovers and playing great team basketball, to make it 32-27 going into the second half.  

 The Falcons opened up the second half much smoother, with forward Gabe O’Neil converting a layup to get the score within three. Shooting guard Samari Curtis made another crucial layup and got the foul, making it into a three-point play to tie it 34-34. As the second half rolled on, the Falcons struggled to contain Davis as he kept making tough shots to be able to roll up the Raider's lead. 

 Late in the second half, Curtis made a clutch layup off an assist from Ayers to cut the Wright State lead down to four, 70-66, it was too late, as the Raiders continued to build momentum through the remaining three minutes of the half. 

 

 The Falcons struggled to hit shots all night, going 27-69, one of their main struggles throughout the game. 

 Ayers led the team with 22 points on 9/17 shooting from the field, and also recorded six rebounds with one assist. Curtis also recorded 16 points on the night. 

 The Falcons will look to rebound as they continue their road trip against St Bonaventure, where they will travel to the Riley Center, on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. 

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