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Turner, Frye lead Bowling Green's big 2nd half

Falcons quickly erase 10-point deficit in 83-74 win


ATHENS – Justin Turner and Bowling Green had a dominant second half, quickly erasing an Ohio halftime lead on the way to an 83-74 Falcons victory on Saturday at The Convo.

Turner scored 29 points as Bowling Green (11-5, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) outscored Ohio 50-31 after halftime when Ohio led 43-33.

Ben Vander Plas had 19 of his career-high 25 points in the first half for the Bobcats (9-7, 1-2 MAC). Jason Preston added 15 points, but it came on 5-of-14 shooting.

"It was a tale of two halves," Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. "In the first half, we were able to do what we wanted offensively, and in the second half, they did whatever they wanted offensively. In a game like this, it comes down to getting stops.”

Vander Plas’ hot shooting in the first half helped the Bobcats control the first half from the get-go. He connected from beyond the arc on Ohio’s first possession and hit another for an 8-2 lead. Jordan Dartis connected from long range to quickly put the Bobcats up 11-2.

Ohio’s lead was a big as 14 on a Vander Plas 3-pointer with 9:36 remaining that put the Bobcats on top 28-14, but Dylan Swingle’s three-point play in the final seconds of the first half began the Falcons’ turnaround.

“The tone of the second half was set in the first four minutes,” Boals said. “They came out and just punched us in the mouth and did what they wanted.”

With Ohio leading 48-38 in the second half, a Turner layup started a 16-2 Bowling Green run, which was capped by a layup by Dylan Frye, who scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half.

The Bobcats went back up on time midway through the second half on a Vander Plas layup that made it 59-58, but Turner answered back with a bucket that started a 7-0 Bowling Green run.

Ohio got two free throws and then a layup from Preston to cut its deficit to 79-74 with 1:02 left, but Frye hit four foul shots after that to put away the game.

“Down the stretch we could not get the stop that we needed and kept trading baskets with them,” Boals said. “When we did get the stop, we either fouled them or didn't get the defensive rebound. That's what you have to do in this league. You have to get stops."

Daeqwon Plowden had 10 points, and Marlon Sierra came off the bench to contribute seven points and nine rebounds for the Falcons.

Dartis had 12 points but had limited opportunities from the outside, going 3 of 6 on 3-pointers. On his birthday, Sylvester Ogbonda had 11 points and five rebounds.

Ohio shot well overall at 46.4%, including 10 of 24 from long range, but it cooled off a great deal from the 59.3% it shot in a first half that included 9-of-15 3-point shooting. Conversely, Bowling Green made 54.8% of its shots in the second half, including 5 of 10 3-pointers, after going just 1 of 8 from long range early.

Ohio hits the road to face Buffalo at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Alumni Arena.






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