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(updated 5:25 p.m.) Holmes helps Falcon men rally for 67-61 win over Morehead State PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Sentinel Sports Staff   
Sunday, 15 December 2013 17:13
MOREHEAD, Ky. — Richaun Holmes scored Bowling Green’s final nine points of the game as the Falcons’ men’s basketball team rallied for a 67-61 win over Morehead State Sunday.
The Falcons are now 5-5 overall, having won three of their last four games.
‘‘Richaun started slow, but he picked it up in the second half, and made some big free throws for us,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said. ‘‘Richaun takes a lot of pride in his free-throw shooting.’’
The road win was the first non-conference road win for Bowling Green since a 61-53 win at Florida International on Dec. 22, 2011. It’s the first overall road win for the Falcons since last season, a 57-41 win at Northern Illinois on Feb. 6, 2013.
Bowling Green trailed by 10 points in the first half, and was down 38-34 at the break. BG out-scored the Eagles, 33-23 in the final 20 minutes.
The game was tied at 49 with 8:34 left in the game. Holmes converted a three-point play and Anthony Henderson nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing to put the Falcons up six, and BG never trailed again.
Henderson hit another key 3-pointer with 5:22 left to put BG up 58-53, and then Holmes finished things off. Holmes was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final 4:17 of the game.
The Falcons were 11-of-21 from the field in the second half.
All five BG starters scored in double figures with Holmes finishing with 17 points, including 15 in the second half. Holmes was 8-of-11 from the free-throw line.
Spencer Parker and Jehvon Clarke each added 12 points for the Falcons. Cameron Black had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Henderson scored 11 points and had four steals.’’
‘‘Cam Black was our rock from start to finish,’’ Orr said. ‘‘He established himself at both ends of the court. He did a great job offensively ... and did a really good job on their second-leading scorer, Chad Posthumus. He (Posthumus) was 1-for-9 from the field and only had three points, and six turnovers.’’
The Falcons had a season-high 14 blocked shots in the game with Holmes blocking seven and Black blocking five.
‘‘That’s a life-saver with as many offensive rebounds as they had,’’ Orr said about the blocked shots, MSU scored 15 points off 24 offensive rebounds.
Bowling Green had 21 turnovers, leading to 17 points for Morehead State. But BG’s 2-3 zone defense in the second half, and the blocked shots helped negate the turnovers.
The Eagles were only 9-of-35 (25.7 percent) from the field in the second half.
‘‘We got tough at the end,’’ Orr said. ‘‘I think five of our last six defensive possessions we got stops.
‘‘The zone really helped us; it was our best defense ... To me that was the difference in a close game,’’ Orr added.
NOTES: The seven blocks match Holmes’ career-high and Black’s five blocks are a career-high ... BG has blocked 10 or more shots in three straight game ... It’s the third time this season BG’s five starters have all scored in double figures in a game ... The Falcon starters all played 33 or more minutes Sunday ... Three different players each had three assists for the Falcons ... Bowling Green is idle until a home game next Sunday against Detroit. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.

BOWLING GREEN 67, MOREHEAD ST. 61
BOWLING GREEN (5-5)
Parker 5-7 2-4 12, Holmes 4-10 8-11 17, Black 5-8 1-2 11,  Henderson 4-10 1-1 11, Clarke 4-9 2-3 12, Gomez 0-1 0-0 0,  Tisdale 1-1 2-2 4, Lyshe 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-47 16-23 67.
MOREHEAD ST. (7-5)
Kelly 1-6 0-0 2, Posthumus 1-9 1-2 3, Storey 2-6 2-2 6,  Warner 6-19 2-5 15, Arrington 6-14 0-0 16, Pajkovic 3-8 1-3 8,  Percell 0-3 0-0 0, Reader 3-7 5-6 11. Totals 22-72 11-18 61.
Halftime—Morehead St. 38-34. 3-Point Goals—Bowling Green 5-8 (Clarke  2-2, Henderson 2-3, Holmes 1-2, Lyshe 0-1), Morehead St. 6-25 (Arrington  4-7, Pajkovic 1-4, Warner 1-11, Storey 0-3). Fouled Out—Kelly, Reader.  Rebounds—Bowling Green 34 (Black 12), Morehead St. 47 (Posthumus 11).  Assists—Bowling Green 12 (Clarke, Henderson, Tisdale 3), Morehead St. 16  (Storey 9). Total Fouls—Bowling Green 19, Morehead St. 23. A—1,507.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 07:22
 

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