(updated 7:25 p.m.) BG men slip past Detroit, 64-62 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Sunday, 22 December 2013 17:54
Detroit's Ugochukwu Njoku (15) guards Bowling Green's JD Tisdale (1) during their game Sunday afternoon at the Stroh Center. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
There is some competitive spirit and toughness being displayed by Bowling Green’s men’s basketball team in the last few weeks.
The grit and determination surfaced again Sunday afternoon as the Falcons held on for a 64-62 win over Detroit at the Stroh Center.
Bowling Green is now 6-5 overall, having won three straight and four of its last five games.
‘‘We’re doing it together. We have a good group of guys. They are maturing as a group and individually,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said.
‘‘We’ve been playing real good basketball. Even the games that we lost were real close games,’’ said BG’s Anthony Henderson, a redshirt junior. ‘‘We have a lot of confidence right now.’’
In a game that saw five lead changes and four ties, Henderson’s basket off an offensive rebound gave the Falcons a 63-60 lead over the Titans with 1:36 left to play.
‘‘That’s just part of me, going in there and rebounding. I think that’s one of my greatest qualities,’’ Henderson said. ‘‘I saw Spencer (Parker) attack the rim. I just thought he might miss, so I just went in to get the rebound.’’
Juwan Howard Jr. responded with a layup for the Titans, cutting BG’s lead to 63-62 with 1:22 left.
The Falcons then had two shots blocked on their next possession, and the Titans got the ball with a chance to take the lead.
However, UD was called for a traveling violation with 23 seconds left.
BG’s Richaun Holmes split a pair of free throws with 21.3 seconds remaining to increase the Falcons lead to 64-62.
UD’s Matthew Grant then missed a 3-pointer with Jehvon Clarke running at him to apply the defensive pressure.
‘‘That wasn’t supposed to happen, the open three. But you still have to make the shot,’’ Orr said.
Howard grabbed the offensive rebound of Grant’s miss, but he missed a contested shot in the lane. Holmes pulled down the final rebound to secure the win.
‘‘At the defensive end, we wanted to make sure we switched everything, and not give them any open looks,’’ Henderson said. ‘‘I feel like we’ve been playing good defense the whole year.’’
The Falcons played both man-to-man and zone in the game, with the man-to-man defense making a positive difference in the final 20 minutes.
The Falcons had good success attacking the basket during the game, scoring 36 points in the paint.
‘‘Good things normally happen when we play aggressive,’’ Henderson said. ‘‘We have made it a point of emphasis to get to the basket, and to try to be aggressive.’’
In the second half, Bowling Green was in the bonus at the free-throw line with 11:02 left in the game.
‘‘The coaches told us to make sure we got to the basket so we could get layups,’’ Henderson said.
BG’s leaders were: Henderson, 15 points, three steals; Clarke, 14 points, eight assists; Holmes, 13 points; and Cameron Black, eight points and eight rebounds. The four players were a combined 19-of-34 from the field.
‘‘We needed Jehvon Clarke to take a big leadership role out there and make plays for us,’’ Orr said. ‘‘I thought he did a good job. He kind of held us together.’’
NOTES: Detroit is 5-8 overall ... Bowling Green plays next Sunday at Wright State with tipoff at 3 p.m. ... BG’s five starters combined for 175 of the 200 total minutes ... Ernie Zeigler, who was an assistant coach at Bowling Green, and Jay Smith, who played for the Falcons for one year, are both assistant coaches at Detroit. Both were head coaches at Central Michigan.

Howard, Jr. 7-18 2-2 17, Bruinsma 1-7 4-5 6, Njoku 1-2 4-6 6,  Williams 2-4 1-2 6, Brundidge 0-3 0-0 0, Wilson 5-10 1-1 16,  Onwenu 2-3 2-2 6, Grant 2-6 0-1 5, Lippert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 14-19 62.
Parker 0-7 7-9 7, Holmes 5-10 3-5 13, Black 4-4 0-2 8,  Henderson 5-10 4-5 15, Clarke 5-10 3-4 14, Gomez 0-0 0-0 0,  Tisdale 3-4 1-6 7, Lyshe 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-46 18-31 64.
Halftime—Detroit 36-35. 3-Point Goals—Detroit 8-22 (Wilson 5-9,  Williams 1-2, Grant 1-4, Howard, Jr. 1-5, Bruinsma 0-2), Bowling Green  2-7 (Clarke 1-2, Henderson 1-2, Parker 0-1, Tisdale 0-1, Lyshe 0-1).  Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Detroit 34 (Bruinsma 10), Bowling Green 32  (Black 8). Assists—Detroit 15 (Bruinsma, Williams 4), Bowling Green 11  (Clarke 8). Total Fouls—Detroit 24, Bowling Green 17. A—1,410.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 09:30

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