And give the free throws, Marshall did. Bowling Green hit an astonishing 27-of-32 free throws in a game that saw over 60 free throws attempted. In fact, one 23 second stretch of the second half saw 6 free throws put up.
Marshall jumped out on the Falcons early, gaining an 8 point advantage on Ronny Dawn's three-pointer with 3:13 left in the first half. Bowling Green cut the MU lead to only 40-38 at the half. Mark Patton's 13 points kept Marshall out in front early.
"It did not seem like we came out and believed we could win in the second half," MU coach Jirsa added. "We've got to do the things we believe in, and believe in the things we're doing."
Bowling Green and Marshall traded baskets up until the 5:45 mark of the second half. The ensuing BGSU 18-6 run was ignited by John Reimold's wide-open three pointer. A Marshall turnover on the following possession led to Ronald Lewis draining yet another three-pointer for the Falcons, and the run was on.
"The things they were doing, we were not. Add in some turnovers, and you've got a real problem," Jirsa added.
It was Lewis and Reimold that did the most damage for Bowling Green. In the absence of big-man Kevin Netter (out early in foul trouble), the duo combined for 57 points in the game (Lewis had 31, and Reimold had 28 points). Reimold's 6-of-11 three-point shooting did the most damage.
Marshall shot 42% (24-of-57) for the game, but finished on a disappointing 10-of-30 (33%) shooting in the second half. Joining Patton in double figures for Marshall were Marvin Black (12 points), Eric Smith (11), and Tre' Whitted had 13 points. Point guard A.W. Hamilton was held scoreless, but did dish out 9 assists.
Marshall slides to a 7-10 overall, 4-5 record in the MAC. The Herd travels across Ohio to take on the Akron Zips on Monday night at 7pm.