In a game where the Falcon men’s basketball team needed a victory to clinch a home game in the first round of the MAC tournament, it fell flat. The Falcons lost to the Ohio Bobcats in Athens by a score of 59-75.
“We weren’t able to sustain our defensive intensity, and we had a lack of intensity,” Falcons coach Michael Huger said. “We had a lack of focus, and they were able to take over and that was the difference in the game.”
The team went into the locker room at halftime trailing by a score of 27-39. The team must find a way to play better at the start of games if it hopes to have a realistic shot in the MAC tournament next week.
The team finished the game with 18 turnovers and allowed the Bobcats a shooting percentage of 0.439.
“We have got to do a better job of taking care of the ball,” Huger said. “We were so careless with the ball and turning the ball over. We made a lot of bad decisions, and we rushed things and they took advantage of our turnovers.”
The team was lead offensively by junior forward Demajeo Wiggins and freshman guard Justin “Juice” Turner.
Wiggins had 18 points to go along with 15 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double. He also had an assist and two blocks. Wiggins has consistently been the teams leader and best player this year.
“We didn’t do a great job of executing and continuing to get the ball inside,” Huger said. “We went away from (getting the ball to Wiggins), and we did not play together the whole game and it showed. When we play together, we are very good. When we try to do it on our own we are not as good and that has been this last couple games, and we just need to figure out a way to beat Buffalo on Friday.”
Turner had 14 points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist on a team high of 37 minutes.
A possible silver lining on this game was that every eligible player entered the contest including rarely used guards junior De Andre’ Austin and sophomore Ethan Good.
The team will wrap up the regular season on Friday, Senior Night, at home against the Buffalo Bulls.