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Detroit (5-7) at Bowling Green (5-5)



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DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 22, 2 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Stroh Center (4,280) -- Bowling Green, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Detroit 3-2, BGSU 3-1. Away Record: Detroit 2-5, BGSU 1-3. Neutral Record: Detroit 0-0, BGSU 1-1. Conference Record: Detroit 0-0, BGSU 0-0. Series Record: Detroit leads, 23-15.

GAME NOTES: With their targets set on a third straight win, the Bowling Green Falcons host the Detroit Titans in a non-conference skirmish at the Stroh Center.

The Titans will be attempting to avoid a third straight loss on Sunday after the fell to Akron (79-60) and NC State (82-79) in the first two bouts of this three-game road trip. Detroit is now 5-7 overall, including a 2-5 mark on the road. A three-game homestand comes next beginning against Indiana Tech just a day after this duel.

As for Bowling Green, a 67-61 triumph over Morehead State, on the road no less, propelled it to back-to-back wins for the first time this season. The Falcons are now sitting at 5-5 overall with a chance to move above .500 before visiting Wright State next Sunday.

A 70-65 win for Bowling Green last season was its second straight against Detroit. The Titans still lead the all-time series by a 23-15 margin.

At halftime it looked like Detroit was going to be able to pull off a road victory against Akron. The Titans led 30-21 at the break after holding the Zips to six field goals in the first 20 minutes. The defensive success fell short after intermission. In the second stanza, the Zips sank 71.4 percent from the floor, including a 9-of-12 showing from beyond the arc.

If the Titans allow other teams to heat up it obviously won't lead to many wins. That is especially true for them, considering they are only connecting on 40.6 percent of their own field goal tries. Juwan Howard Jr. (17.2 ppg, 6 rpg) is the top scoring option on a rotation that is rather shallow. Howard finished with 13 points against Akron, but needed a 6-of-17 performance from the field to do so. Evan Bruinsma (12.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg) is the only other double-figure scorer and one of only four players getting at least 20 minutes of playing time per game. Carlton Brundidge (9 ppg) is the top scoring threat in the backcourt.

All five starters scored in double figures led by Richaun Holmes (17 points) and Cameron Black (11 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks) in Bowling Green's win over Morehead State. The Falcons overcame 21 turnovers and a 47-34 deficit on the boards by holding the Eagles to 30.6 percent shooting.

The Falcons are certainly not an overly potent offensive squad, netting just 69 points per game, while connecting on just under 45 percent of their field-goal tries. They make up for it on defense, allowing just 67.1 points per game and 42 percent shooting. Holmes (14 ppg, 7.4 rpg) is usually at the top of scorer's sheet, but the Falcons have grown accustomed to balance, with four different double figure scorers. Spencer Parker (13.6 ppg, 5 rpg), Jehvon Clarke (11.8 ppg, 4.4 apg) and Anthony Henderson (11.3 ppg) also fill important roles in terms of scoring. Black (8.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.5 bpg) is more valuable for his ability to protect the paint.

With Black inside the Titans reliance on Howard and Bruinsma in the paint may be compromised. That should be all Bowling Green needs to move to 4-1 at home.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Bowling Green 72, Detroit 65

12/22 10:31:17 ET

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