Updated: Falcon men can't finish at Buffalo, suffer 68-64 loss (for 3-5-12) PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 03 March 2012 22:29
BUFFALO — Bowling Green held a nine-point lead with nine minutes remaining in the game, but couldn’t hold on as Buffalo rallied for a 68-64 victory Saturday.
“We played well enough to win. You have to give Buffalo credit,” said BG head coach Louis Orr.
It was the final Mid-American Conference regular season game for both teams. Bowling Green is 16-14 overall and finishes 9-7 in the MAC.
The Falcons are the No. 6 seed for the MAC tournament and host Central Michigan Monday at 7 p.m. in the Stroh Center in a first-round tournament game.
BG led 53-44 after an A’uston Calhoun jumper with 9:04 left in the game.
Buffalo went on a 16-2 run to take a 60-55 lead with 3:52 left. UB’s Mitchell Watt had six points during the run and Dave Barnett added four.
Bowling Green responded with a 6-0 run on six points from Calhoun to gain a 61-60 lead with 2:22 left.
Watt split a pair of free throws with 2:05 remaining to tie the game at 61
Bowling Green regained the lead, 64-61, on Jordon Crawford’s 3-pointer over the 6-feet-10 Watt with 1:34 left.
The Bulls then closed the game on a 7-0 run in the final 75 seconds to secure the win. Watt had two baskets in the last going and UB was 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.
“Mitchell Watt stepped up and made some big shots,” Orr said.
Bowling Green had three shots in the final seconds in an effort to tie the game at 66, but could not convert. UB’s Titus Robinson then made two free throws to close out the scoring.
“We had three chances to tie ... We got seconds shots, but they just didn’t drop,” Orr said.
Dee Brown missed on a tough jumper with 13 seconds left but James Erger ripped down the rebound and found Crawford outside. His 3-pointer with 10 seconds left was blocked but Calhoun got the rebound. His off-balance jumper missed and Buffalo finally corralled the rebound and made the two free-throws.
Calhoun finished with 23 points while Brown had 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals and Crawford scored 13 points and had three assists.
Watt led UB with 20 points and Javon McCrea contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.
NOTES: With the win Buffalo is 19-9 overall and 12-4 in the MAC, earning the No. 2 seed and a bye into the MAC semifinals ... Monday’s game with Central Michigan is a Dollar Day with tickets $1 ...The BG-CMU winner advances to second-round play at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday against the Toledo-Miami winner. Tipoff is set for 9:30 p.m. ... Buffalo entered the game as the best rebounding team in the MAC but Bowling Green held a 36-32 rebounding edge ... The Falcons also had just eight turnovers, three fewer than the Bulls.

Thomas 2-6 0-0 5, Calhoun 9-21 5-6 23, Black 2-3 0-0 4,  Crawford 5-12 2-2 13, Brown 7-14 0-0 15, Henderson 0-1 0-0 0,  Erger 0-0 0-0 0, Clarke 0-1 0-0 0, Orr 1-2 0-0 2, Sealey 1-1 0-0 2,  Oglesby 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-62 7-8 64.
BUFFALO (19-9)
McCrea 5-9 1-2 11, Watt 7-13 6-9 20, Oldham 1-2 2-4 4,  Filzen 3-9 0-0 9, Nuiriankh 1-2 0-0 3, Watson II 1-2 2-2 5,  Barnett 3-4 2-2 8, Robinson 2-7 4-6 8. Totals 23-48 17-25 68.
Halftime—Bowling Green 31-30. 3-Point Goals—Bowling Green 3-9  (Thomas 1-2, Brown 1-3, Crawford 1-4), Buffalo 5-13 (Filzen 3-9, Watson  II 1-1, Nuiriankh 1-2, Barnett 0-1). Fouled Out—Thomas. Rebounds—Bowling  Green 36 (Thomas 6), Buffalo 32 (McCrea 7). Assists—Bowling Green 10  (Brown 5), Buffalo 15 (Oldham 6). Total Fouls—Bowling Green 18, Buffalo  10. A—4,015.
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