Despite Late Rally, Falcons Fall to Bonnies, 81-68

BGSU Men’s Basketball fell to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies on Saturday, 81-68, dropping their record to 2-2 on the season. The Falcons have now lost two games in a row after starting the season with two straight wins.  

The first half was competitive, with both teams going back and forth, which resulted in multiple lead changes. However, the Bonnies went into the locker room with a 31-22 lead. 

St. Bonaventure extended their lead with a 12-0 run to start the second half. BGSU responded with a 9-0 run of their own, but the Bonnies would go on another run to extend their lead back to double digits at 65-49.   

The Falcons tried to make a run at the end, but it would be too late, as St. Bonaventure would win 81-68.   

Senior guard Leon Ayers III continued his strong start to the season for BGSU. Ayers led the team with 18 points and seven rebounds. Ayers has led the Falcons in points every game so far this season.  

Senior guard Samari Curtis also continued his productivity on offense, scoring 13 points. Curtis has now scored double-digit points in 12 of his last 14 games.  

As a team, the Falcons struggled shooting the ball against the Bonnies. BGSU shot 40% (28-70) from the field, while only shooting 16.7% (3-18) from three-point range.  

Along with struggling to make shots consistently throughout the game, the Falcons also struggled on defense against the Bonnies.  

“The first half we had some easy shots, some easy layups, that we missed and rolled right off the rim. We had wide open threes that didn't go down that we would normally make. It was that kind of day,” Head Coach Michael Huger said. “It happens sometimes and when that happens we have to hang our hat on defense. We have to play better defense in order to get stops and get easy buckets in transition. That was the difference in the game.”  

BGSU will conclude their four-game road stretch on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 6:30 p.m. against Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, as part of the Gotham Classic. The Falcons will look to end their current two-game skid against the Fighting Irish. 

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