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Turner hits game-winner to complete Bowling Green's rally

Falcons erase 18-point 1st-half deficit, beat Bobcats 62-61

BOWLING GREEN – Justin Turner hit the game-winning jump shot with two seconds left as first-place Bowling Green rallied from 18 down to beat Ohio 62-61 on Saturday at the Stroh Center.

The Falcons trailed by as much as 32-14 late in the first half, briefly took the lead late in the game, but trailed 61-58 following Ben Vander Plas’ three-point play with 43 seconds remaining. Turner hit two free throws with 30 seconds left, and after Ben Roederick missed on the front end of a one-and-one, Turner hit the winner.

Turner was held to 12 points in the game and was just 1 of 10 from the field until his clutch shot. Trey Diggs went 7 of 10 from long range and scored 22 points for the Falcons (20-7, 11-3 Mid-American Conference).

Jason Preston led the Bobcats (13-14, 5-9 MAC) with 18 points and seven rebounds, Vander Plas scored 13 points, and Jordan Dartis had 10 points.

"I thought we should have won the game," Ohio coach Jeff Boals said." It comes down to little plays like the missed free throw on the one-and-one.”

An early 9-0 run put Ohio up 11-3, capped by a Dartis 3-pointer. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Nate Springs and Preston increased the lead to double digits at 17-6. The shot shooting continued with 3-pointers from Dartis, Preston, Sylvester Obgonda and then Preston as part of a 12-2 run to put Ohio ahead 32-14.

Ohio led 39-24 at halftime, but Bowling Green began the second half with a flurry. Daequon Plowden’s 3-pointer capped an 11-0 run to get the Falcons to within four. Diggs connected on a 3-pointer with 15:35 remaining to make it 41-38.

The Bobcats answered back with eight straight points to go back up double digits at 49-38, and the lead was still 52-42 on a Roderick 3-pointer with 8:39 to play. Plowden scored near the basket, though, to cap an 11-0 Bowling Green run to push it ahead 53-52 with 5:05 to play. It was back and forth from there.

“Over the course of a 40-minute game, we knew there were a couple of guys that we wants to help off of and we didn't do that and it allowed them to score,” Boals said. “When you add those things up over the course of the game, it ends up being a one-point loss."

Ogbonda had five points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats, but they were outrebounded 42-33. However, they had only five turnovers while forcing 13.

Lunden McDay twisted his ankle in practice Friday and did not play, and Dartis missed the final 6:54 of the game with leg cramps.

In his first game back after four games away from the team, Bowling Green’s Dylan Frye scored five points and had five rebounds in 19 minutes.

Ohio hosts Buffalo at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Convo.

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