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(updated 11:05 p.m.) Falcon men beat NIU for first road win of season (2-6-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Sentinel Sports Staff   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 22:53
DEKALB, Ill. — A quick start and a strong first half helped Bowling Green State University’s men’s basketball team earn its first road victory of the season Wednesday.
The Falcons scored the first eight points of the game and led 30-15 at the half. BG then held on over the final 20 minutes to beat Northern Illinois 57-41. Bowling Green had lost its first eight road games of the season.
“We knew we would have to defend and rebound the ball,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said. “When you want to win on the road you have got to defend and you have got to be able to score points, and we were able to do that.
‘‘It feels good to get a road win. They have been hard to come by sometimes.’’
NIU has struggled at times this season in shooting the ball and made only 4-of-23 shots from the field (13.8 percent) in the first half.
‘‘If you want a team to struggle from the floor and not shoot well, you have got to make them miss,’’ Orr said. ‘‘You can’t go into the game and look at stats ... you have got to make them miss. You just can’t assume that teams aren’t going to shoot well.
‘‘I thought our defense in the first half was very, very good.’’
Bowling Green scored the first eight points of the game and were up 11-1 before NIU made its first field goal with 15:53 to play in the first half.
‘‘Really that was probably the key to the game, the quick start and we were able to sustain it,’’ Orr said.
The Falcons got their 30-15 halftime lead, due in part to shooting 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
The second half was a different story, although the Falcons had a big enough lead that the Huskies were never able to really mount a comeback. Bowling Green did lead by 27 points on a dunk by A’uston Calhoun, 46-19, with 14:59 left in the game
‘‘In the second half our defense let up and offensively we stopped scoring.’’ Orr said. ‘‘We had a good enough cushion and we made enough plays to keep the scoreboard moving to get a victory.’’
Calhoun provided the offense for the Falcons in the second half, scoring 12 of his game-high 15 points. Calhoun finished with his fourth double-double of the season, adding 12 rebounds.
The Falcons only turned the ball over four times in the second half and that helped make up for their 10-of-28 shooting (35.7 percent).
Richaun Holmes scored a career-high 11 points and had three blocked shots for Bowling Green. Holmes has 56 blocks for the season, three away from matching the school record.
NOTES: BG is 9-13 overall and 4-5 in the MAC ... NIU is 5-16, 3-6 ... The Falcons play at Ohio Saturday with tipoff at 2 p.m. ... BG’s Jordon Crawford did not start for the second straight game and scored only two points in 33 minutes while going 1-of-9 from the field with four turnovers ... Holmes had not blocked a shot in the last two games prior to the NIU contest ... Crawford had four of the Falcons’ 10 steals as BG scored nine points off turnovers.

BOWLING GREEN 57, N. ILLINOIS 41
BOWLING GREEN (9-13)
Calhoun 5-13 4-5 15, Orr 3-5 0-0 7, Black 2-5 0-0 4,  Henderson 1-2 1-2 3, Kraus 3-6 0-0 9, Parker 0-0 0-0 0,  Crawford 1-9 0-0 2, Rorie 0-0 0-0 0, Sealey 2-2 0-0 4, Erger 1-1 0-0 2,  Clarke 0-1 0-0 0, Holmes 4-7 3-4 11. Totals 22-51 8-11 57.
N. ILLINOIS (5-16)
Kev. Gray 1-8 1-2 3, Nader 5-10 1-2 12, Bolin 1-5 1-2 3,  Bowie 3-6 0-3 6, Balls 0-5 2-2 2, Christian 1-2 1-2 3, Hayes 0-0 0-0 0,  Baker 0-1 0-0 0, Mader 0-2 0-0 0, Cravatta 1-6 2-2 5,  Kei. Gray 1-2 2-2 4, Davis 1-4 1-1 3. Totals 14-51 11-18 41.
Halftime—Bowling Green 30-15. 3-Point Goals—Bowling Green 5-14  (Kraus 3-5, Calhoun 1-1, Orr 1-3, Clarke 0-1, Crawford 0-4), N. Illinois  2-13 (Nader 1-4, Cravatta 1-5, Balls 0-1, Christian 0-1, Bolin 0-2).  Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Bowling Green 34 (Calhoun 12), N. Illinois 38  (Nader 8). Assists—Bowling Green 10 (Crawford 3), N. Illinois 4 (Balls  2). Total Fouls—Bowling Green 15, N. Illinois 11. A—708.
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