OXFORD, Ohio — The Bowling Green State University men’s basketball team suffered a 55-52 loss at Miami on Sunday, the team’s fifth setback in the last six games.
The Falcons’ last four losses are by a combined eight points.
Spencer Parker scored 18 points but was the only player to finish in double figures for BG (11-16, 5-9 Mid-American Conference). Both Richaun Holmes and Cameron Black nearly posted a double-double as Holmes had nine points and nine rebounds, while Black finished with eight points and 10 boards.
Willie Moore and Will Felder each scored 11 points to lead Miami (10-15, 6-8).
BG’s Anthony Henderson hit a pair of 3-pointers to start the game, but the RedHawks responded by scoring the next 15 points, with Moore contributing seven points in that run.
The Falcons were able to cut the deficit to 25-24 with 4:11 left, but Miami used a 10-1 finish that included 3-pointers by Jaryd Eustace and Josh Oswald to lead 35-25 at halftime.
Bowling Green’s first-half struggles included 10 turnovers as well as 10-for-32 shooting from the field (31.3 percent), including 2-for-9 on 3-pointers.
The Falcons trailed 39-29 with 16:40 to play before using a 13-6 run to cut the margin to 45-42 with 9:57 on the clock.
From that point BG never was able to tie the game, although the Falcons shaved their deficit to 53-52 with 1:47 to play. Jehvon Clarke missed a jumper in the lane in the final minute, and then missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer from the top of the key with six seconds left.
Miami was unable to close out the Falcons because it made just three of its last six free throws and just 11-for-20 for the game. But BG connected on just 4-of-11 free throws.
NOTES: Henderson came out of the game in the second half and did not return because of soreness in his ankle. The Start grad finished with six points in 21 minutes. … Southview product Shaun Joplin saw his first action. Joplin, who walked on after football season ended, committed a foul in the final minute.