Bowling Green-St. Louis: Falcons Finish Non-Conference Play with Quality Win

Drew GatewoodAnalyst IJanuary 2, 2010

CLEVELAND - MARCH 16:  The Billiken, mascot of the St. Louis University Billikens entertains the crowd during round one of the Midwest NCAA Tournament Game against the Utah Runnin Utes at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center on March 16, 2000 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Runnin Utes defeated the Billikens 48-45.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Falcons took on a good St. Louis team and came up on the winning end for a change 59-50 in Bowling Green. Led by Otis Polk’s 13 points and nine rebounds, the Falcons shot 40 percent from the field and 38 percent from behind the arc.

Erik Marschall added 11 points and seven rebounds, while Dee Brown chipped in 12 points and five rebounds as the only other Bowling Green players in double figures. The Falcons out rebounded the Billikens 34-22, and half an 11-5 advantage in the offensive rebound category.

St. Louis was down 24-15 at the half but stormed back and matched the Falcons 35 second half points. Scoring was at a premium as they only managed two scorers in double figures, Kwamain Mitchell with 13 points, and Jon Smith with 11 points.

The Billikens shot 37 percent from the field, but only 31 percent from three-point range. Their first half shooting woes proved too much to overcome in the second half, even with improved shooting.

The Falcons (7-5) have completed their non-conference schedule and will open conference play up at Akron (10-3) on January 9th.  The opening schedule will prove to be a tough task for a Falcons team that’s struggling to gain any consistency. The Falcons will play three of the top MAC teams this season in their opening three games with Akron, Buffalo, and Kent State.