|(Updated 11:05 p.m.) Falcon men knock off Western Michigan (2-13-12)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:58|
At 5-foot-6, the Falcon senior point-guard is almost always the shortest player on the court.
Wednesday night against Western Michigan, Crawford faced a huge challenge as he was being defended by 6-7 Nate Hutcheson.
Crawford was up to the task as he scored 13 points and had four assists to help the Falcons down the Broncos, 70-60 at the Stroh Center. Western Michigan came into the game as the leader in the Mid-American Conference West, but the Falcons played a strong second half to pull out the win. PHOTO GALLERY
“A lot of times in a lot of situations you could just take a step back and say he’s too big, you can’t get a shot off over him, you can’t pass it over him or anything like that,’’ BG’s A’uston Calhoun said. ‘‘That’s just a test of Jordon’s heart. He’s up for any challenge.
“He kept his consistency throughout the course of the game and just kept a good pace,’’ Calhoun continued. ‘‘That helped us out a lot.’’
Crawford got offensive help from Calhoun, who scored a game-high 24 points, Chauncey Orr’s 11 points, and Richaun Holmes, who came off the bench to contribute eight points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Defensively, Crawford and Luke Kraus provided a lot of pressure on the ball. WMU had 18 turnovers, which BG turned into 24 points.
“From the top all the way to the bottom in the second half we knew we had to play a little bit tougher on defense in order to give ourselves a chance,’’ Calhoun said.
Crawford pressured his man the entire 94 feet in the second half.
‘‘He’s exhausted now,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said about Crawford. ‘‘Jordon gave us what he had on the defensive end and he was still able to contribute on the offensive end.
‘‘Hutcheson is their best defender on the perimeter ... He was physical with Jordon. They usually match him up with the best offensive player, so that’s respect for Jordon.’’
Bowling Green got off to a quick start, leading by as many as seven points in the first half. Western Michigan scored 11 points in the final four minutes of the half to gain a 30-30 halftime tie.
In the second half the Falcons were more aggressive in taking the ball to the basket. Calhoun (13 points), Orr (nine points), Crawford (eight points), and Holmes (six points) combined for 36 of BG’s 40 points in the second half. The Falcons were 14-of-22 from the field in the final 20 minutes (63.6 percent).
‘‘We’re telling everybody to just stay aggressive and just not necessarily run the plays like robots,’’ Calhoun said about BG’s offense. ‘‘You just find opportunities, and find where you can get your shots.
“You don’t necessarily have to run the play all the way through,’’ Calhoun continued. “If you see a gap or something like that ... just making an ad lib on the play and just going for it.’’
Calhoun added that the coaches are giving the team confidence to have freedom to make plays.
In a span of 2:04 in the second half, the Broncos turned the ball over on five straight possessions. The Falcons scored seven points off the five turnovers, pushing their lead into double digits at 53-41 with 10:30 left in the game.
Bowling Green would then lead by as many as 15 points three times. Calhoun’s jumper gave BG a 62-47 lead with 4:42 left in the game.
Western Michigan rallied and with Austin Richie’s 3-pointer, the Broncos were within six, 66-60, with just under a minute to play.
Kraus and Orr then each made two free throws to seal the win.
‘‘We kept the scoreboard moving in the second half. We shot the ball well. A’uston made some big baskets,’’ coach Orr said.
NOTES: Bowling Green is 10-14 overall and 5-6 in the MAC ... Western Michigan is 15-9, 7-4 ... The Falcons shot 50 percent from the field (24-of-48) for the game ... Orr was 7-of-7 from the free-throw line ... Bowling Green blocked seven shots, including three by Cameron Black and two by Holmes ... Holmes now has 58 blocks this season and is two away from setting the school record ... BG also had 10 steals in the game with Orr and Holmes each getting three ... Bowling Green is 9-0 all-time in the Stroh Center when scoring 70 or more points ... The Falcons play at Akron Saturday with tipoff at 7:30 p.m.
BOWLING GREEN 70, W. MICHIGAN 60
W. MICHIGAN (15-9)
Hutcheson 4-9 6-7 14, Paul 1-3 0-2 2, Whittington 6-12 1-3 13, Pokley 1-4 0-0 3, Richie 5-7 2-4 14, Tava 2-5 0-0 4, Klein 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 2-9 1-5 5, Perry 1-3 1-2 3, Loney 0-0 2-3 2. Totals 22-53 13-26 60.
BOWLING GREEN (10-14)
Calhoun 10-17 2-3 24, Orr 2-5 7-7 11, Black 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 4-10 3-3 13, Kraus 3-6 2-3 9, Henderson 0-0 0-2 0, Sealey 0-1 0-0 0, Erger 0-1 0-0 0, Clarke 2-5 0-0 5, Holmes 3-3 2-4 8. Totals 24-48 16-22 70.
Halftime—Tied 30-30. 3-Point Goals—W. Michigan 3-15 (Richie 2-2, Pokley 1-3, Perry 0-1, Klein 0-1, Hutcheson 0-3, Brown 0-5), Bowling Green 6-13 (Calhoun 2-3, Crawford 2-4, Clarke 1-2, Kraus 1-3, Orr 0-1). Fouled Out—Brown, Tava. Rebounds—W. Michigan 38 (Whittington 15), Bowling Green 28 (Holmes 9). Assists—W. Michigan 8 (Whittington 3), Bowling Green 11 (Crawford 4). Total Fouls—W. Michigan 18, Bowling Green 22. Technical—W. Michigan Bench. A—1,579.
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