(Updated 11:18 p.m.) Falcon men edge Ohio, 58-56 (1-22-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 22:21
BG's Richaun Holmes (right) takes the ball to the basket while Ohio's Antonio Campbell (33) defends. (Photos: Nate Smallwood/Athens Messenger)
ATHENS — In a game which featured 10 ties and 12 lead changes, Jehvon Clarke made two big baskets in the late going to help the Bowling Green State University men’s basketball team slip past Ohio University, 58-56 Wednesday.
“This is definitely one of the toughest places in the MAC (Mid-American Conference), one of the toughest places in the country to play, and to win,’’ said BG head coach Louis Orr. ‘‘Our guys showed great courage. They have been growing in their belief in themselves.
‘‘We persevered. It was one of those games that you just had to hang in there,’’ Orr added. ‘‘You knew it was going to come down to some plays at the end of the game.’’
Spencer Parker gave the Falcons the lead for good, 52-51, on a jumper with 5:16 left in the game.
Just over a minute later BG’s Richaun Holmes grabbed an offensive rebound and dunked to give the Falcons a three-point lead.
Ohio’s T.J. Hall scored on a layup with 3:34 remaining, but Clarke followed with a layup with 2:21 left and a jumper with 1:31 remaining to push the Falcons up 58-53.
Hall then hit a 3-pointer with 1:07 left to account for the final margin.
Ohio’s Nick Kellogg missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
‘‘That’s something rewarding when you can end the game with a defensive stop,’’ Orr said.
Ohio jumped ahead by 11 points in the opening 6:04 of the game, but Bowling Green battled back to trail by three, 33-30 at the half.
The Falcons’ pressure defense forced 11 Ohio in the first half. BG scored 13 points off Ohio’s turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
‘‘We went to our zone defense, and that was a big help,’’ Orr said. “The zone kind of slowed the movement (of Ohio’s offense) down a little bit.’’
The Falcons also played good defense in the second half, holding Ohio to 23 points on 9-of-23 shooting from the field, including 3-of-10 from the 3-point arc.
‘‘Everything that we emphasized in this game, we didn’t do,’’ said Ohio head coach Jim Christian. ‘‘We let the point-guard (Clarke) get in the paint the entire night. We did an awful job.
BG’s Jehvon Clarke (left) defends against Ohio’s Javarez Willis (3).
‘‘It’s one thing to talk about it. It’s one thing to practice it, and if we can’t do it, it’s on me. We knew what we needed to do, and we didn’t do it. So, that’s my responsibility.
‘‘It’s not one play. It’s not one play at the end of the game. It’s not one call. It’s 40 minutes of us not doing what we’re supposed to be doing out there, not for more than three minutes at a time.”
Parker led the Falcons with 16 points and six rebounds, Clarke added 15 points and four assists, and Holmes contributed 12 points and five rebounds.
‘‘Jehvon Clarke played a really solid game, and hit some big baskets,’’ Orr said.
NOTES: It was the third straight win for the Falcons, now 9-9 overall and 3-2 in the MAC ... Ohio is 13-5, 3-2 ... The last time Bowling Green won on the road at both Western Michigan and Ohio University in the same season was in 1990-91 ... BG was 11-of-13 from the free-throw line with both Parker and Holmes going 4-for-4 ... The Falcons host Miami Saturday with tipoff at 6 p.m.

Parker 6-12 4-4 16, Holmes 4-9 4-4 12, Black 3-9 1-2 7,  Henderson 2-9 0-0 5, Clarke 6-12 2-3 15, Gomez 0-0 0-0 0,  Tisdale 0-4 0-0 0, Lyshe 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 22-56 11-13 58.
OHIO (13-5)
Ndour 5-11 0-0 12, Smith 1-2 0-0 2, Hall 5-9 4-6 15,  Kellogg 3-6 2-2 10, Taylor 3-5 1-2 7, Setty 0-1 1-2 1, Willis 0-2 0-0 0,  Wilkins 2-9 3-3 8, Campbell 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 19-45 12-17 56.
Halftime—Ohio 33-30. 3-Point Goals—Bowling Green 3-11 (Lyshe 1-1,  Clarke 1-4, Henderson 1-4, Holmes 0-1, Parker 0-1), Ohio 6-22 (Ndour  2-3, Kellogg 2-5, Wilkins 1-5, Hall 1-5, Willis 0-2, Taylor 0-2). Fouled  Out—None. Rebounds—Bowling Green 31 (Black, Parker 6), Ohio 33 (Ndour  8). Assists—Bowling Green 8 (Clarke 4), Ohio 13 (Kellogg, Ndour, Taylor  3). Total Fouls—Bowling Green 13, Ohio 13. A—5,801.
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