Bowling Green 87, Valparaiso 70

Dee Brown scored 20 points and Scott Thomas tallied a

double-double, leading Bowling Green past Valparaiso 87-70 on

Saturday.

Joe Jakubowski added 19 points and Erik Marschall had 17 for the

Falcons (14-12), who shot 54.5 percent from the floor (30-for-55).

The Crusaders finished at 46.4 percent from the field

(26-for-56).

Thomas scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for

Bowling Green, while Otis Polk chipped in 11 points.

Brown’s jumper early in the game helped push the Falcons to a

9-0 run to start things. They stretched the lead to 25-8 midway

through the first half and were never threatened.

Bowling Green led by 25 points at halftime and held on despite

being outscored 46-38 by the Crusaders in the second.

Brandon McPherson paced the Crusaders (15-15) with 16

points.