Green Bay falls in overtime to Bowling Green in Cohen's debut

Sandy Cohen III scored 16 points in his season debut, but Green Bay fell to Bowling Green in overtime, 81-78, at the Resch Center on Thursday. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

GREEN BAY -- Green Bay had a chance to win the game with the final possession in regulation on Thursday night, but it couldn’t get a shot off and eventually fell in overtime to Bowling Green 81-78 at the Resch Center. It was the debut of Sandy Cohen III as a member of the Phoenix, who finished with 16 points.

Bowling Green (8-4) opened the overtime period, scoring 11 of the first 14 points, taking a 73-65 lead with 2:18 to go. Green Bay (5-7) ought back to force a two-point game with 24 seconds remaining, but BGSU would end up making eight straight free throws to secure the road victory.

Khalil Small scored a game-high 19 points and secured nine rebounds.

Cohen III hit a 3-pointer and a jumper late in the second half to give his team a 2-point lead with 40 seconds left, before BGSU made both free throws to tie the game. On the final possession, Cohen III lost control of the ball with the clock winding down and was unable to get a shot off. The Seymour native, who had hundreds in attendance in support, also grabbed six rebounds in 35 minutes of action, also getting the start.

BGSU was led by Rodrick Caldwell with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Demajeo Wiggins had 13 points and 16 rebounds.

The Phoenix will play its final non-conference game of the season on Saturday, when it travels to Madison to face Wisconsin. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. at the Kohl Center with the game being televised on the Big Ten Network.

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