|Holmes developing for Falcon men (02-21-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:14|
Richaun Holmes is developing as a basketball player.
The 6-foot-8 sophomore, who played at Moraine Valley Community College last season, has made an impact for the Bowling Green State University men's team this year.
In last Saturday's loss to Akron, Holmes set the single-season school record for blocked shots. Holmes has 62 blocks, breaking the mark of 59 set by Cornelius Cash in 1973-74.
''If there is one thing I knew he'd be able to do it was block shots,'' BG head coach Louis Orr said.
''To break a single-season record ... is to me a big feat,'' Orr added. "Cornelius Cash held the record. I knew Cash. He was the first BG guy that I really knew. I knew what kind of player he was. I played against him when he was in college and I was in high school. I knew how physically dominant he could be, especially in the paint.''
Holmes has blocked at least four shots in seven games this season. He has more blocked shots than three MAC teams. Holmes is 26th in the country, averaging 2.5 blocks per game.
In addition to his four blocked shots against Akron, Holmes scored a career-high 15 points and had eight rebounds against the Zips.
''He competed against Zeke (Marshall, Akron's 7-foot senior) and their big guys. Physically he competed and that was good to see,'' Orr said.
''He can be as good as the work he puts in,'' Orr added.
KRAUS: BG senior Luke Kraus started the season making 4-of-35 attempts from the 3-point arc.
In the last nine games, Kraus has found his stroke, making 12-of-26 3-pointers, including three in a game three times.
In MAC games only, Kraus is sixth in 3-point shooting at 42.9 percent (12-of-28).
In BG's first 13 games Kraus scored 39 points. In the last 12 games he has scored 58.
"He loosened up; he's playing more relaxed,'' Orr said. ''He's playing a lot more comfortable and he's taken the leadership role as a senior. He's in a good place.''
CALHOUN: BG's A'uston Calhoun has scored in double figures in 11 straight games. He leads the team in scoring at 15.8 ppg.
Calhoun is 23rd on the Falcons' career scoring list with 1,248 points. He needs two points to pass Jay Larranaga (1993-97).
NEW ORLEANS: BG, 10-15 overall, hosts the University of New Orleans tonight in a non-conference game with tipoff at 7 in the Stroh Center.
The Privateers are playing as a Division I independent this season before moving into the Southland Conference for the 2013-14 season. New Orleans is 8-14, including an 0-9 record on the road.
Lovell Cook, a 6-6 senior, is the only player in double figures for UNO, averaging 15.4 ppg.
Tonight's game is the first meeting between the two teams.
NEXT: BG plays its BracketBuster game at Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne Saturday with tipoff at 7 p.m.
This is the final season for the BracketBuster in its current form. The Falcons are 6-4 in BracketBuster games.
"At this time of the year it really benefits the teams that are highest-ranked RPI teams or are highest-ranked in your conference, because they are playing like teams. It helps their resum√© for post-season play,'' Orr said about the BracketBuster.
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