|BG men prepare for Toledo (01-25-13)|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 25 January 2013 10:04|
Bowling Green faces arch-rival Toledo Saturday, looking for its first road win of the season. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in Savage Arena.
The Falcons and Rockets are two of eight teams tied at 2-3 in the Mid-American Conference. BG is 7-11 overall after an impressive 70-55 win over Kent State Wednesday. Toledo is 6-10 overall after dropping a 71-56 decision to Akron.
BG is 0-7 on the road, but does have a neutral site victory in the Preseason NIT.
''We have to get some road wins and string some (wins) together now,'' BG sophomore Chauncey Orr said after the win over Kent State. ''It's a big matchup ... A lot of the guys were recruited by the same schools
''It's five-on-five basketball, we just treat it like any other game even though it's a rivalry.''
The Falcons played one of their more complete games of the season in the win over Kent State with Orr scoring a career-high 18 points and four other players scoring eight or more points.
Orr said to be successful against Toledo, the Falcons need to play with the same intensity and energy as they displayed against Kent State.
''We just have to come out like we did (Wednesday) in the first half and play defense,'' Orr said. ''They have some big scorers ... We have to come out aggressive on defense and let our offense come to us, play hard, play together and try to get the win."
SCOUTING UT: The Rockets are playing shorthanded this season due to NCAA sanctions. Toledo has used the same starting five for all 16 games and use three players off the bench.
Rian Pearson, a 6-foot-4 junior, is averaging 18.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Pearson is leading the MAC in scoring.
Julius Brown, a 5-10 sophomore, is averaging 13.3 points and 5.1 assists per game.
The Rockets are the top free-throw shooting team in the MAC at 77 percent (238-of-309). UT has four players shooting over 80 percent from the line, led by Matt Smith, a 6-7 junior, who is 32-of-36 (88.9 percent). Pearson has shot 107 free throws, making 79 (73.8 percent).
Toledo leads the all-time series with BG, 83-79. The Falcons have won four straight and five of the last six meetings with the Rockets.
PT: BG's A'uston Calhoun and Jordon Crawford top the MAC in minutes played at 35.9 and 35.2, respectively.
BLOCKS: BG's Richaun Holmes has 50 blocks on the season, more than five MAC teams have on the year.
NEXT: BG hosts Akron Wednesday with tipoff at 7 p.m. - CARLE
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