(Updated 11 p.m.) Falcon men down CMU, 67-57 (1-15-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 22:15
Central Michigan's Chris Fowler (15) guards BGSU's Jehvon Clarke (20) during their game Wednesday night at the Stroh Center. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Sometimes it’s as simple as seeing the ball go through the net to help the confidence of a team.
Add in a good defensive effort, and those are two of the main reasons the Bowling Green State University men’s basketball team was able to break a four-game losing streak and earn its first Mid-American Conference win of the season Wednesday.
The Falcons shot 48.9 percent from the field (23-of-47) for the game, and held Central Michigan to 26.7 percent (8-of-30) shooting in the second half on the way to a 67-57 victory in the Stroh Center.
‘‘Our guys played with good intensity; that was a good foundation,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said.
A successful 3-pointer from Anthony Henderson on BG’s first shot of the game, gave the team some confidence.
‘‘We all know we have been struggling from the outside, so we have all put in extra time shooting the ball,’’ said BG’s Richaun Holmes, who had 20 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and four blocked shots. ‘‘I think when that first shot went in, everybody thought this hard work is about to pay off. We were able to get into a rhythm offensively.
‘‘I just think we had the utmost confidence shooting the ball tonight.’’
The Falcons trailed by seven points, 26-19, with 5:59 to play in the first half.
A change to a 2-3 zone defense helped spark the Falcons to a 14-2 run to close out the first half.
‘‘We wanted to take them out of their rhythm a little bit offensively, so we switched to the zone. Our activity in the zone is what really caused the turnovers, and missed shots,’’ Holmes said. ‘‘We did a great job covering for each other. Cam (Black) did a great job of covering for us when we got out of position.
‘‘Everybody just worked together in the zone, and that made it that much more effective.’’
Spencer Parker’s 3-pointer from the left corner with 2:35 left in the first half put the Falcons ahead to stay.
In the second half, the Falcons started well, but Central Michigan crawled back, and cut BG’s lead to 48-43 with 9:15 left to play.
Back-to-back three-point plays from Parker and Holmes, on plays where they attacked the basket, slowed the Chippewas down.
The two three-point plays helped the Falcons build a 15-point lead, 60-45, with 4:08 remaining.
Central Michigan rallied to make it 60-53, with 2:10 left. The Chippewas were still within eight in the final minute before BG closed it out.
‘‘I thought we did a good job as a team defensively in our man in the second half, much better than the first ... In the second half we did a really good job getting into the gaps,’’ Orr said. ‘‘Then we were able to close (out the game) with our zone.’’
The overall defensive effort also helped at the offensive end as Bowling Green scored 21 points off CMU’s 16 turnovers, with 15 of those points coming in the first half.
The Falcons also attacked CMU’s pressure defense, leading to several layups. BG had 32 points in the paint, 11 second-chance points, and 14 points off the fast-break.
Holmes said 3-pointers from Henderson and Parker loosened up CMU’s defense and enabled the Falcons to get the ball inside.
‘‘When we can run, and get points off turnovers, that helps our offense,’’ Orr said. ‘‘I thought we were very good in transition; making the right pass at the right time and finishing.’’
Parker also scored 20 points, and Henderson contributed 13.
‘‘We’re definitely capable. It’s just a matter of keep putting the work in ... I have confidence in this team that we can perform like that every night out,’’ Holmes said.
NOTES: BG is 7-9 overall and 1-2 in the MAC ... CMU is 7-8, 0-3 ... It’s the first time this season that two Falcons have scored 20 points in a game ... BG had assists on 12 of its 23 field goals ... BG finished 16-of-22 from the free-throw line (72.7 percent) ... It was Holmes’ third double-double of the season ... Black and Holmes are now tied for second on BG’s career list for blocked shots, each with 125 ... The Falcons play at Western Michigan Sunday with tipoff at 2 p.m.


Hibbitts 5-7 1-2 14, Simons 2-5 2-2 7, Rayson 1-4 1-2 3, Stewart 2-5 0-0 4, Fowler 7-16 3-4 19, Krannitz 1-4 1-3 4, Buckley 0-1 1-2 1, Richardson Jr. 0-0 0-0 0, Simmons 1-6 0-0 2, Keel 1-2 1-1 3, Carlos 0-0 0-0 0, Saylor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-50 10-16 57.
Parker 7-11 4-5 20, Holmes 7-8 6-9 20, Black 0-1 0-0 0, Henderson 4-10 3-4 13, Clarke 3-12 3-4 9, Gomez 0-0 0-0 0, Tisdale 1-2 0-0 2, Denny 1-3 0-0 3, Lyshe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-47 16-22 67.
Halftime—Bowling Green 33-28. 3-Point Goals—Cent. Michigan 7-18 (Hibbitts 3-5, Fowler 2-3, Simons 1-1, Krannitz 1-4, Simmons 0-2, Rayson 0-3), Bowling Green 5-15 (Parker 2-2, Henderson 2-7, Denny 1-2, Clarke 0-4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Cent. Michigan 30 (Simons 8), Bowling Green 30 (Holmes 10). Assists—Cent. Michigan 9 (Fowler 5), Bowling Green 16 (Clarke 7). Total Fouls—Cent. Michigan 16, Bowling Green 12. A—1,427.

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