|BG men can't close out games (01-23-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 23 January 2013 09:24|
The good news for the Bowling Green State University men's basketball team is that it has had chances to win games in the late going.
The bad news is the Falcons haven't been able to consistently close things out and secure a victory.
BG, 6-11 overall and 1-3 in the Mid-American Conference, hosts Kent State tonight at 7. The Falcons are 1-7 in their last eight games.
"It's definitely good news that you are in a position to win; that's what you want,'' BG head coach Louis Orr said. ''If you are not in that position, the last possession really doesn't mean anything.''
BG has been ahead or tied in the final 10 minutes in 15 of its 17 games this season, including nine of the 11 losses.
Seven times, the Falcons have had possession in the final 10 seconds of those 11 losses with a chance to win or tie. The Falcons are 1-4 in games decided by three points or less.
Jordon Crawford, BG's point-guard, has been involved in the late game action while A'uston Calhoun is another offensive option. The two are the eighth set of teammates to reach the 1,000-career scoring mark in the same season.
"The first thing is getting the right shot, a good shot,'' Orr said. ''That's something you control because you work at it, you practice it. Guys put their time in individually and collectively, but there is nothing like success. That's a big confidence builder, seeing the ball go through the basket.
"It's not always about them making baskets, it's about them making plays,'' Orr added. "It's a balancing act, especially for Jordon, because a lot of times he's the guy with the ball.''
The opposition can focus on Crawford and Calhoun in the late going and Orr said that can be a beneficial in the long run.
''It's a good thing that someone can create a double- or triple-team or can attract attention ... That means there are two or three guys that are open'' Orr said. "Whoever is on the court I think it's important that they are confident and maybe they get more involved, and that A'uston and Jordon continue to trust those other three guys.''
While there have been late-game scenarios this season, Orr said keeping focus for the full 40 minutes is also a key.
"You can put yourself in position that maybe it doesn't come down to the last possession or two,'' Orr said. "(It's) how can you improve also during the body of the game so you can create a cushion.''
KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes are 11-7, 2-2.
Chris Evans, a 6-foot-8 senior, is averaging 17.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Randal Holt, a 6-1 senior, is averaging 13.8 ppg.
"Those are two guys that you have to deal with,'' Orr said.
Darren Goodson, a 6-5 junior, is in his first season with Kent State. While at Cincinnati Aiken High School, Goodson verbally committed to BG, but grades and some problems away from the court cost him a scholarship with the Falcons.
Goodson attended Edison Job Corps Academy in New Jersey, which helped him earn his high school diploma from Aiken.
He then played two seasons at Pensacola State College before transferring to Kent State.
Eleven different players have started at least one game for Kent State this season, including eight different starters in MAC games.
"They don't have a whole lot of size, but they have very good quickness,'' Orr said about Kent State. "You have to match their energy.''
BLOCKS: BG's Richaun Holmes is 21st in the country in blocked shots at 2.7 blocks per game. Holmes has 46 blocked shots this season, fifth on the single-season list.
The single-season record is 59 by Cornelius Cash in the 1973-74 season.
INJURIES: James Erger and Jehvon Clarke are not expected to play tonight for the Falcons. Both are sidelined with ankle sprains.
NEXT: BG plays at Toledo Saturday at 7 p.m.
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