BG men struggling to make 3-pointers
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Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 10:28
The 3-point shot can be a great equalizer and game-changer in basketball.
|Bowling Greens forward Scott Thomas (10) jumps to catch a pass while Valprasios's Cory Johnson (4) closes in during the first half at Anderson Arena. (Photo: Andrew Weber/Sentinel-Tribune)
Unfortunately for the Bowling Green men's basketball team, success from the 3-point arc has been very limited in recent weeks.
In their last eight games, the Falcons are only 22-of-95 on 3-pointers (23.2 percent). The Falcons are 4-4 in those eight games.
Sophomores Scott Thomas and Dee Brown are Bowling Green's top two scorers for the season, but both have struggled from beyond the arc in the eight-game span.
Thomas is 4-of-31 (12.9 percent) and Brown is 7-of-23 (30.4 percent). For the season, Thomas is 31-of-120 (25.8 percent) and Brown is 32-of-73 on 3-pointers (43.8 percent), second in the Mid-American Conference.
Throw in Joe Jakubowski, who is 9-for-26 (34.6 percent) from beyond the arc in the same span, and BG's three starting wing/guards are 20-of-80 on 3-pointers.
"Every team has to know who they are and the reality of it is, I don't think we've been a great 3-point shooting team the whole year," BG head coach Louis Orr said. "You have to play to your strengths and we're good when we're attacking the basket, playing inside-out, and getting to the free-throw line.
"Good threes when you're set and in rhythm, those are threes I'm confident we can make," Orr added. "We can't be in a settle-mode just standing out there launching threes. It's a mind-set more than anything."
For the season, Bowling Green is ninth in the 12-team MAC in 3-point shooting at 31.7 percent (110-of-552). The 110 made 3-pointers is the second-lowest total in the MAC.
The last time BG had two players shoot the three really well was in a 76-70 win at Kent State on Jan. 17. The Falcons host Kent State with tipoff at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Brown was 5-of-8 and Thomas was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc against Kent State. The eight made 3-pointers are the most in any one game for the Falcons this season.
"(Playing) inside-out is not just throwing the ball into the post and letting them play or kicking in out, that's a part of it. But inside-out is dribble penetration, drive and kicks, offensive rebounds and kick outs for threes," Orr said.
SCOUTING KENT: Since BG's win at Kent State, the Golden Flashes have won 10-of-11 games to improve to 20-8 overall and 10-3 in the MAC, tied with Akron for the best-record in the conference.
Kent State is winning by generating more possessions than their opponents and playing good defense.
The Golden Flashes rank first in the MAC in rebounding margin and steals in conference games and third in turnover margin.
Opponents are shooting just 39.6 percent from the field and 28.3 percent from 3-point range in league games and Kent State is allowing only 61.0 points per game.
The Golden Flashes have four players averaging at least 10.7 points per game led by Justin Greene, a 6-feet-8 sophomore, at 13.5 ppg.
Chris Singletary, a 6-4 senior, picked up his fourth MAC East player of the week award this season as he was honored for the third time in four weeks on Monday. Singletary averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds as he led Kent State to wins over Ohio and Western Carolina last week.
Bowling Green has won the last two meetings against Kent State in Anderson Arena but the Falcons have not swept the season series with the Golden Flashes since 1996-97.
BGSU: The Falcons are 14-12 overall and 6-7 in the MAC. At home, BG has won four straight and is 9-3 overall.
THOMAS: BG's Thomas has been in double figures in 12 of his last 13 games, including four games of 20 or more points. He's BG's leading scorer at 12.6 ppg for the season. In his last 13 games, Thomas is averaging 16 ppg.
Thomas has been playing well in the second half of the past 13 games. During that time, he has scored 65 first-half points (5.0 per game) and 143 second-half points (11.0 per game). He is shooting just 36 percent (26-of-72) from the field and 13 percent (4-of-30) from 3-point range during the first half of those games and 50 percent (46-of-92) from the field and 34 percent (10-of-29) from 3-point range during the second half.
NEXT: Bowling Green hosts Akron Saturday with tipoff at 2:30 p.m. The Senior Day game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. It's part of a doubleheader as BG's women host Kent State starting at noon.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2010 19:30