(updated 10:45 p.m.) EMU downs BG men, 69-57 (1-29-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 21:58
YPSILANTI, Mich. — There were too many negatives for Bowling Green’s men’s basketball team to overcome Wednesday night at Eastern Michigan.
The end result was a 69-57 EMU victory.
‘‘We have to do a better job with the hustle stats,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said.
Eastern Michigan scored 24 points off BG’s 17 turnovers, and the Eagles got 18 offensive rebounds and scored 25 second-change points. EMU also held a 36-22 scoring edge in the paint, a 14-5 advantage on fast-break points, and a 28-2 edge in bench scoring.
The Falcons did not help themselves with a scoring drought of 7:21 in the second half.
A layup from Jehvon Clarke with 14:00 remaining in the game, brought BG to within 47-42.
However, BG did not score again until Clarke hit a 3-pointer with 6:39 remaining in the game. BG was 0-11 from the field with two turnovers in the span between Clarke’s baskets.
‘‘We weren’t effective against the zone,’’ Orr said. ‘‘We only had 22 points in the paint, and we need more.’’
The Falcons were within eight, 56-48, after Richaun Holmes’ 3-point play with 5:54 left, but the Eagles made an 13-2 run to take a 69-50 lead with 2:25 remaining. In that Eagles run, BG was 1-of-4 from the field, 0-of-2 from the free-throw line, and had two turnovers.
Bowling Green made a 7-0 run to close out the game.
‘‘They essentially out-hustled us,’’ Holmes said. ‘‘(Glenn) Bryant came in and he wanted it more than us.
‘‘Every offensive rebound he wanted, he got it. He played harder than us in the first half, and that set the tone for the game.’’
Bryant, a 6-feet-8 redshirt senior, led the Eagles with a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bryant had 21 points and seven rebounds, playing 14 minutes off the bench, in the first half.
‘‘You have to respect the energy that Bryant brought to the game,’’ Orr said. ‘‘It was like he was shot out of a cannon. His energy, we didn’t match it.
‘‘I knew he was quick off his feet, and I knew he was an energy guy. He was exceptional today and we allowed him to be exceptional,’’ Orr continued. ‘‘I don’t think we ever put a body on him the whole game. He just jumped around, free and unencumbered.’’
Holmes led the Falcons with 20 points and nine rebounds. Anthony Henderson added 12 points for BG, Spencer Parker scored 10, and Cameron Black had 10 rebounds.
‘‘It’s definitely frustrating, You don’t want to lose,’’ Holmes said.
NOTES: BG is 9-11 overall and 3-4 in the Mid-American Conference ... It was the first conference road loss for the Falcons in three games ... EMU is 12-8 overall and 4-3 in the MAC, having defeated Bowling Green twice this season ... BG was 8-of-23 on 3-pointers, and shot only 14 free throws, making nine ... The Falcons host Buffalo Sunday with tipoff at 2 p.m.

Parker 4-11 2-5 10, Holmes 7-12 4-5 20, Black 2-7 0-0 4, Henderson 4-9 0-0 12, Clarke 3-12 1-2 9, Gomez 0-0 0-0 0, Tisdale 0-0 0-0 0, Lyshe 0-5 2-2 2. Totals 20-56 9-14 57.
E. MICHIGAN (12-8)
Ward 2-7 0-2 5, Harrison 3-7 3-4 10, Riley 2-4 0-2 4, Lee 3-11 4-4 10, Talley 4-7 2-3 12, Hughley 0-1 0-0 0, Farhat 0-2 1-2 1, Ross 0-3 1-3 1, Bryant 10-18 6-8 26, Combs 0-0 0-0 0, Strickland 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-60 17-28 69.
Halftime—E. Michigan 39-29. 3-Point Goals—Bowling Green 8-23 (Henderson 4-7, Holmes 2-3, Clarke 2-7, Parker 0-3, Lyshe 0-3), E. Michigan 4-14 (Talley 2-4, Harrison 1-2, Ward 1-3, Farhat 0-1, Ross 0-1, Lee 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Bowling Green 36 (Black 10), E. Michigan 45 (Bryant 10). Assists—Bowling Green 13 (Clarke 4), E. Michigan 14 (Talley 4). Total Fouls—Bowling Green 20, E. Michigan 16. Technicals—Clarke, Bryant. A—601.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 23:45

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