(Updated 12:25 a.m. Sunday) Akron pulls away late to down BG men, 67-50 (2-16-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Sentinel Sports Staff   
Saturday, 16 February 2013 23:00
AKRON — With less than six minutes remaining in the game Saturday, Bowling Green State University’s men’s basketball team had put the pressure on league-leader Akron.
However, the Zips were up to the task, beating the Falcons, 67-50. It was the 17th straight win for Akron, 21-4 overall and 12-0 in the Mid-American Conference. BG falls to 10-15, 5-7.
Akron led 53-41 with 9:52 left in the game after a 3-pointer from Alex Abreu.
BG then went on an 8-2 run to pull within 55-49 with 5:31 remaining in the game.
Over the next two minutes, BG had four chances to come even closer, but three missed shots and a turnover helped the Zips hold on for the win.
The Zips closed out the game on a 12-1 run, going 10-of-10 from the free-throw line.
After the Falcons got to within six points, they went 0-of-9 from the field, 1-of-2 from the free-throw line and had two turnovers in the final 5:31 of the game.
‘‘For the last four minutes of most games, we have been really good and that was the case again today,’’ UA head coach Keith Dambrot said.
The Falcons also had a rough start to the game, missing their first nine shots from the field and not scoring a field goal until there was 11:35 left in the first half.
‘‘We had a tough shooting night,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said. ‘‘Our effort wasn’t distracted by a lack of scoring.’’
Akron led 29-21 at the half.
The Zips expanded their lead in the second half before the Falcons made their run.
Akron got a boost with 21 second-chance points from 16 offensive rebounds.
‘‘We hurt ourselves on second shots,’’ Orr said. ‘‘They beat us on some 50-50 balls.
‘‘Defensively, other than the second-chance points, we did a pretty good job,’’ Orr added.
Sophomore Richaun Holmes played a strong game for the Falcons, scoring a career-high 15 points while pulling down nine rebounds and blocking four shots.
With the four blocks, Holmes has 62 blocks for the season, breaking the previous single-season record of 59 blocks set by Cornelius Cash in the 1973-74 season.
Holmes was 5-of-6 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.
“Their young big kid is a dominating defensive player. He bothered us,’’ Dambrot said about Holmes.
A’uston Calhoun, who played only nine minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, added 11 points for the Falcons.
‘‘Calhoun had some stretches where we struggled with him,’’ Dambrot said.
Zeke Marshall, Akron’s 7-foot-0 center, had 15 points and nine rebounds as the Zips had four players score in double figures.
NOTES: Luke Kraus scored nine points for the Falcons, making 3-of-5 3-pointers ... Akron held a 43-35 rebounding edge ... The Zips scored 16 points off BG’s 15 turnovers and held a 34-20 scoring edge in the paint ... BG hosts New Orleans in a nonleague game Thursday at 7 p.m.

Crawford 3-17 0-0 6, Kraus 3-7 0-0 9, Calhoun 5-10 1-2 11,  Orr 1-5 2-2 4, Black 1-5 0-0 2, Henderson 0-1 0-0 0, Sealey 0-2 0-0 0,  Erger 0-0 0-0 0, Clarke 1-5 1-2 3, Holmes 5-6 5-5 15. Totals 19-58 9-11 50.
AKRON (21-4)
Treadwell 2-9 0-0 4, Harney 6-14 1-2 13, Marshall 4-13 7-7 15,  Walsh 3-4 4-4 10, Abreu 4-10 4-4 13, Ibitayo 0-2 1-2 1,  Betancourt 0-0 2-2 2, Kretzer 1-3 0-0 2, McAdams 0-1 0-0 0,  Gilliam 1-3 0-0 3, Forsythe 2-3 0-2 4. Totals 23-62 19-23 67.
Halftime—Akron 29-21. 3-Point Goals—Bowling Green 3-12 (Kraus 3-5,  Clarke 0-1, Henderson 0-1, Calhoun 0-1, Crawford 0-4), Akron 2-14  (Gilliam 1-2, Abreu 1-5, McAdams 0-1, Ibitayo 0-1, Kretzer 0-2, Harney  0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Bowling Green 35 (Holmes 8), Akron 43  (Marshall 9). Assists—Bowling Green 11 (Crawford 5), Akron 11 (Abreu 4).  Total Fouls—Bowling Green 18, Akron 13. Technicals—Sealey, Harney.  A—5,247.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:06

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