CLEVELAND – With another difficult non-conference match-up, the Vikings took on their northern Ohio neighbors in the Falcons of Bowling Green State University inside the Wolstein Cente earlier today. Between these two schools, Bowling Green leads the all time series 9-8, and the Vikings would be looking to extend their win streak to 3.
Andre Yates would get things started for Vikings with their first 5 points to spark his team to an early lead. But Bowling Green would take advantage of their length and speed early attacking the rim in transition not settling for outside, or lower percentage shots holding firmly onto the lead for the majority of the first half thanks to their relentless defense and fast pace scoring.
The Vikings would remain resilient in the first half with Demonte Flannigan providing a slightly above average inside attack for the Vikings along with Aaron Scales as a big spark off the bench with his effort on both sides of the ball to keep the Falcons within a reachable point differential.
CSU would take the lead back with 5 minutes left in the first by fighting fire with fire; fast pace attacking of the rim. Score would be tied at 21 with 2 minutes left in the half, but the Falcons would take a 2 point lead over the Vikings going into half time. Rob Edwards, who was the Horizon League freshmen of the week would go 0-6 from the field in the first half.
The Vikings came out looking as though would be able to stick around, but like many of the games thus far have turned out this season, the Vikings would struggle to keep their opponent within striking distance and let the Falcons claim a 7 point lead halfway through the second.
The Falcons would reach their largest lead of the game with 1:20 left in the half, up 59-42. The game would end with the Vikings rather defeated and discouraged, the final score would end 62-47 BGSU over CSU.
Leading the way for the Vikings would be Andre Yates with 11 points, and Vinny Zollo with 8 rebounds. Rob Edwards would be held scoreless for the entire game.
For the Falcons, Zack Denny would record a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ismail Ali for the Falcon would not only provide the speedy offensive attack for the Falcons, he would record 6 assists as well.
All in all, the Falcons superior length, strength, and speed really showed against the Vikings, and lead to an explosive second half performance that the Vikings simply could not contain.
Next, the Vikings take on Cedarville, Tuesday December 29th at the Wollstein Center for a 7:00 PM tip-off, as they certainly look to improve heading into league play
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