BG actually trailed by 15 at one point in the third quarter. They've shown a great ability to overcome large deficits, not just against Central, but did it in both their games. Their only lead was the final score. Led by 4 seconds in the game, and probably were only tied for the last minute (the only ties were 0-0 and 65-65). Central was 7/16 from the foul line. They had four one and one bonus situations between the two halves, and missed the front end of each. I really don't even have to go beyond that to explain why they lost. You literally can't have that type of situation, to not only miss the majority of your free throws but not even give yourselves a chance for extra points at the line.
As great as Cousin was, and it wasn't from selfishness, he simply did not get scoring assistance from anyone else. Central scored 23 in the second half - Cousin scored 20 of those. Bibb got two to give them their final points of the night (and missed the And-1 free throw opportunity after it), and Mee had a free throw in the half as well. Potter - zero. Hopefully he internalizes this in a good way and comes out again with a fire. You could not have ever convinced me that he would have that level of difficulty scoring. Especially after Wardlow - BG's best on-ball defender - rotated over to Cousin. Just an uncharacteristic game at a very, very bad time.
For their part Bowling Green continued to do what they do. They drive to the rim, they play smothering defense, they force turnovers on the press. You can tell that they never believe they're out of a game, and that can be infectious. Winning begets winning. I've said it multiple times in reference to Bowling Green and it remains true. Little things seem to bounce your way when you have it rolling, and BG keeps making those breaks and making the most of the opportunities. They had fantastic energy from their crowd, and they hit an avalanche of threes. 9/20 at one point (may have ended with that, I'm not sure). From guys that do not usually hit them. BG hasn't updated their last few games, but prior to that point, Jaylen Wardlow was 0/2 from three on the year. He hit three tonight. Isaiah Mason entered hitting 32.1% of his threes, hitting 17 on the year. I believe he hit 3 or 4. Open looks on most, and man, they knocked them down. It was a team effort, as Key only had five points. You have to tip your cap to them, they just keep it going. They are the favorite now for the region. As I mentioned back the last time they played, I do believe they'll play in the region finals as well. But they have the mental edge without a doubt, and that may be more than enough.