|(updated 11:35 p.m.) Falcons men down Kent State, 70-55 (1-23-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 23 January 2013 22:03|
Some of the things Falcons’ head coach Louis Orr has been looking for from his team this season that were accomplished Wednesday include:
• A solid effort for 40 minutes, so the game won’t come down to the last one or two possessions;
• Being able to get at least one more scoring option so Jordon Crawford and A’uston Calhoun don’t have to always carry the load; and
• Playing with intensity and energy at both ends of the floor.
“This was a good team effort. It was really a great win for our guys,’’ Orr said. “It was good to not have to come down to the last play.’’
Chauncey Orr provided a third scoring option, finishing with a game- and career-high 18 points. Orr was 4-of-5 on 3-pointers, hitting some big shots in clutch situations. Anthony Henderson and Richaun Holmes each chipped in with eight points. Calhoun and Crawford each scored 12 points.
‘‘We have Jordon as a point-guard and when he’s finding guys, he really gets us involved. We create (shots) some times, but for the most part it’s Jordon Crawford getting us the ball,’’ Chauncey Orr said.
“I just try to go out there and play my game,’’ Chauncey Orr added. ‘‘I try to get it to come to me and not force the action.’’
The intensity and energy levels for the Falcons were good for the majority of the game.
“When your defense is good and your energy is good, you feed off of it,’’ coach Orr said. “We went on a run in the first half, and it was due to the defense.’’
The Falcons started the game strong and went ahead to stay on a Henderson 3-pointer with 11:57 left in the first half. Bowling Green was up 35-22 at the break as Crawford scored 10 points.
Kent State found its shooting stroke in the second half after a dismal 8-of-29 effort from the field in the first half. The Golden Flashes were 12-of-26 from the floor in the second half and made three 3-pointers after going 0-of-8 from the arc in the first half.
However, the Golden Flashes only got as close as seven points two different times.
“In the second half we were able to answer runs,’’ coach Orr said. “Chauncey hit some timely and some big threes for us ... He is a good shooter, and he is learning to trust his stroke.’’
Calhoun also contributed offensively in the second half with nine of his 12 points.
Kent State did pull within eight, 57-49, with 6:22 remaining, but Orr made two free throws with 5:55 left to push BG’s lead back into double digits to stay.
“It was the zone that slowed them down,’’ coach Orr said. “The more baskets we make, the less they can run. They have to take the ball out of the net and that gives us a chance to set up our defense.’’
The Falcons also had only three turnovers in the second half, allowing for more offensive efficiency while also keeping Kent State from running off BG’s mistakes.
“Kent State is one of those teams that can score off turnovers; they feed off that,’’ coach Orr said. ‘‘Cutting our turnovers down was huge. I thought that hurt us in the first half.’’
Bowling Green plays at arch-rival Toledo Saturday with tipoff at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Bowling Green is 7-11 overall and 2-3 in the Mid-American Conference ... Kent State is 11-8, 2-3 ... Of the 12 MAC teams, eight are currently 2-3 in conference play ... In addition to his 12 points, Calhoun had a game-high 13 rebounds, his second double-double of the year and the seventh of his career ... Crawford also contributed six assists and four steals ... Holmes finished with four blocked shots and now has 50 this season, which is fourth on the all-time single season list ... Cam Black blocked two shots and now has 87 for his career, eighth on BG’s career-list ... The Falcons turned 11 offensive rebounds into 19 second-chance points ... The Falcons are now 7-0 at the Stroh Center when scoring at least 70 points.
BOWLING GREEN 70, KENT ST. 55
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