(updated 5:55 p.m.) Falcon men lose at Miami, 55-52 (2-23-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 February 2014 17:08
OXFORD — Different day and opponent, but the same familiar scenario for the Bowling Green men’s basketball team Sunday.
Miami made a 15-0 run early in the first half to take a lead it would never lose on the way to a 55-52 victory.
‘‘We didn’t answer the bell ... We put ourselves in a little bit of a hole,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said about the first half.
The Falcons have lost five of their last six games and are 11-16 overall and 5-9 in the Mid-American Conference. The last four losses have been by a combined eight points.
The Falcons got within one point, 53-52, with 1:47 left in the game on a Richaun Holmes jumper, but could never regain the lead.
With the RedHawks leading 54-52,  BG had the ball in the final 30 seconds, but Jehvon Clarke missed a 3-pointer.
‘‘We tried to get some movement, to play inside-out, and we ended up taking a tough shot,’’ Orr said about Clarke’s shot. ‘‘Again we gave ourselves a chance; it came down to the last possession of the game.
‘‘Our defense in the second half was better. We held them to five field goals in the second half,’’ Orr added.
After Clarke’s miss, Miami’s Willie Moore split a pair of free throws, and BG’s desperation heave at the buzzer did not fall.
The Falcons took a 6-0 lead to start the game, but then the RedHawks made their 15-0 run. Bowling Green got back to within one point, 25-24, with 4:11 left in the first half on a jumper from J.D. Tisdale. But Miami closed the half on a 10-1 run to take a 35-25 lead into the break.
For the game, Bowling Green was hurt by 13 turnovers, including nine steals by Miami, which the RedHawks turned into 18 points. BG was also only 4-of-11 from the free-throw line.
Spencer Parker led the Falcons with 18 points, going 8-of-11 from the field.
Cameron Black had eight points and team-highs with 10 rebounds and four assists.
Holmes scored nine points, all in the second half, and had nine rebounds and two blocks.
‘‘Spencer was aggressive. He was able to attack, and get some baskets,’’ Orr said.
‘‘Cam has been doing a good job at the low post, not just scoring but making plays,’’ Orr added.
NOTES: Miami is now 10-15 overall, 6-8 in the MAC ... With his two blocks Holmes now has 75 for the season, breaking his own mark of 73 set last season ... BG held a 38-22 edge on points in the paint, including a 26-4 advantage in the second half ... Walk-on and former BGSU football player Shaun Joplin made his first basketball appearance, playing less than a second as he was sent into the game to foul ... BG’s Anthony Henderson suffered a sprained ankle in practice on Saturday, and was limited to 21 minutes Sunday... On Wednesday Bowling Green hosts Kent State with tipoff at 7 p.m.

Parker 8-11 2-3 18, Holmes 4-14 1-2 9, Black 4-7 0-1 8, Henderson 2-8 0-0 6, Clarke 3-10 0-2 6, Tisdale 1-4 0-0 2, Joplin 0-0 0-0 0, Sealey 1-2 1-3 3, Lyshe 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-58 4-11 52.
Felder 4-10 3-4 11, McKnight 3-10 3-7 9, Rollins 2-3 2-5 6, Sullivan 1-4 0-0 2, Moore 4-9 1-2 11, Eustace 2-7 0-0 5, Oswald 3-6 2-2 9, Oddo 0-0 0-0 0, Hawkins 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-50 11-20 55.
Halftime—Miami (Ohio) 35-25. 3-Point Goals—Bowling Green 2-13 (Henderson 2-6, Tisdale 0-1, Parker 0-1, Clarke 0-1, Lyshe 0-1, Holmes 0-3), Miami (Ohio) 4-14 (Moore 2-3, Oswald 1-2, Eustace 1-5, McKnight 0-1, Sullivan 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Bowling Green 39 (Black 10), Miami (Ohio) 36 (McKnight 7). Assists—Bowling Green 10 (Black 4), Miami (Ohio) 16 (Felder, McKnight 4). Total Fouls—Bowling Green 18, Miami (Ohio) 13. A—945.
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