|Updated 7:15 p.m., BG men's hoops routs Earlham in season-opener (11-9-13)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Saturday, 09 November 2013 16:54|
Yes, Bowling Green played an NCAA Division III squad.
But the Falcons certainly showed a few bright spots Saturday during their season-opener against Earlham College.
The Falcons put their sizeable height and strength advantage to good use in a 102-49 win in the Stroh Center. BOX SCORE
Six Falcons reached double figures as junior point-guard Jehvon Clarke led the way with 17 points, eight assists and six steals.
It was the first time the Falcons scored over 100 points since a 103-78 win over Urbana University on Nov. 21, 2003.
Even more impressive was the Falcons’ defense.
BG recorded a school-record 22 steals and held Earlham to 19 second-half points. The Quakers shot just 19-of-63 (30 percent) from the floor.
“We picked it up on defense. We knew that if we continued to put pressure on them on defense we could get steals,” Clarke said.
“We just play solid defense. ... If you can play solid defense, the steals will come to you,” he added. “You don’t want to gamble too much.”
Clarke, who became the starting point-guard with the graduation of Jordon Crawford, was 7-of-11 from the floor. BG was 40-of-75 (53 percent).
Spencer Parker, who spelled an injured Chauncey Orr after halftime, scored 16 points, while Anthony Henderson added 15 points.
Cameron Black and Richaun Holmes each scored 12 points and combined for six steals and 13 rebounds.
Chauncey Orr scored 14 points, all in the first half, before removing himself after “tweaking” his knee, according to coach Orr. The knee was originally injured last week in BG’s exhibition against Malone University.
While their defense was relatively sound throughout the game, the Falcons’ offense was quite suspect at times, especially early.
BG led just 6-5 before a 19-1 run extended its lead to 25-6 with 8:40 to play in the first half. The Falcons opened the contest 2-of-8 from the field.
“We started a little slow. ... We just weren’t quite energized the first four or five minutes of the game,” coach Orr said. “When we started pressing and using our three-quarter court pressure, that energized us. We created turnovers and got offense off our turnovers.”
“We didn’t start off as well as we should have,” Clarke said. “... That was the main factor in the win ... was the pressure that we continued to bring from the first half until the second half.”
The Falcons took a 50-30 lead into halftime and used their pressure in the second half to create 17 points off of turnovers in the final 20 minutes.
BG forced 13 second-half turnovers.
“We weren’t playing to our full potential going into halftime,” Clarke said. “Once we came together and knew that we could play hard in the second half, we knew we could boost the lead up and take full advantage of the game.”
|Last Updated on Saturday, 09 November 2013 20:13|
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