Hot-Shooting Bowling Green Defeats Men’s Basketball, 75-63

first_imgStory Links Next Game: DePaul 12/9/2015 – 7:00 PM Box Score (PDF) ESPN 1350 Mediacom MC22 / The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Photo Gallery center_img Full Schedule Roster Box Score (HTML Preview Buy Tickets BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Led by a career-high 23 points from guard Zack Denny, the Bowling Green State University men’s basketball team defeated Drake, 75-63, Saturday afternoon at the Stroh Center.Drake (4-4) came into the game ranked fifth in the nation in three-point percentage but was limited to 21.7 percent shooting from the arc. Meanwhile, the Falcons shot 64.7 percent from three-point range with Denny connecting on 4-of-5 attempts. Wes Alcegaire added 17 points for the victors. “We have to focus on the things we can control night in and night out on the defensive side of the floor,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “They [Bowling Green] got shots to fall and No. 4 [Denny] is as good a shooter as we’ve seen this year. But he was 4-of-5 from three and you can’t give up those kinds of looks.”Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) and Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) each scored 13 points for the Bulldogs. Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) added eight points and five rebounds in the loss.”We took pretty good care of the basketball, we’ll take 10 turnovers, but we have to get better at making the extra pass and sharing the basketball,” Giacoletti said.C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) demonstrated that passing Giacoletti seeks with another solid outing that included four assists, no turnovers, seven points and three rebounds.The Falcons shot 7-of-10 from the three-point arc in the opening half to take a 40-36 lead into halftime. Alcegaire had 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the arc in the opening period. Twelve minutes into the game, a Timmer three-pointer gave Drake a 6-point, 24-18, lead. However, BGSU later used a 9-0 run capped by a Denny three-pointer to lead, 27-24. The Bulldogs clawed back into the lead briefly, but an 8-0 BGSU spurt fueled by five-straight points from Alcegaire gave the Falcons an 8-point advantage with two minutes left in the half.”They shot 61 percent in the first half and we were fortunate to be down four,” Giacoletti added.Drake erased that deficit two minutes into the second half, but a 7-0 BGSU run re-established the Falcons’ lead. The Bulldogs drew within a possession twice in the remainder of the half and BGSU answered both times. With less than three minutes to play, Denny drained his final three-pointer of the evening to give BGSU a 15-point lead that proved insurmountable for the Bulldogs down the stretch.Drake returns to campus for its next contest when it hosts DePaul on Wednesday evening. Tipoff against the Blue Demons of the Big East is scheduled for 7 p.m. With the contest being broadcast on Mediacom MC22 and The Valley on ESPN3.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more