BGSU Hammers Herd, 83-60

Hurricane Len -as in BGSU center Len Matela- blew through Bowling Green on Saturday, and devoured Marshall in its wake. Matela drained 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Falcons jumped all over Marshall, 83-60.

It was one of those game where if it could happen, it did happen to Marshall. First is the case of BGSU forward Brent Klassen. Klassen freakishly went out and set a school record for shooting percentage against Marshall.

100%. As in 8-for-8 shooting from the field. Perfect.

Behind the ace shooting of Klassen and Matela, the Falcons took the lead early in the game and never looked back. Bowling Green enjoyed a 47-31 lead at halftime.

Richard Wilson held BGSU's Keith McLeod to only 7 points.

Marshall's 37.5% shooting performance in the first half was no match for Bowling Green's (again) freaky 66.7% first half.

"We just never got going, offensively," said MU coach Greg White. "Our post game just didn't come out of the blocks as quick as we needed it to. We got looks and just never made shots."

Early in the second half, Marshall's Tamar Slay left the game after catching an elbow to the face that resulted in a concussion, according to coach Greg White. "Tamar gets the concussion, and for all intents and purposes, he's done [in the game]," White said afterward.

Marshall was able to cut the Bowling Green lead to seven at one point in the second half, but the Falcons' hot shooting took over. A positive highlight for Marshall was the play of MU guard Richard Wilson on BGSU's Keith McLeod. Wilson played aggressive defense, keeping the Falcons' scoring leader to only 7 points during the game.

Marshall's Monty Wright led the team in scoring with 16 points, while J.R. VanHoose notched up another double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds. Ron Blackshear drained three three-pointers en route to a 12-point night, and Richard Wilson had 4 points but dished out 5 assists.

marshall is now a middling 11-11 overall and 5-7 in MAC play. The BGSU Falcons raised their record to a solid 18-5 overall and 8-4 in MAC play. The Herd now prepares to host MAC East rival the Miami RedHawks this Thursday night at the Henderson Center in Huntington.

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