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(updated 11:30 p.m.) Kent State holds off Falcon men, 69-61 (3-5-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Sentinel Sports Staff   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 22:56
KENT — After trailing by 17 points, the Bowling Green State University men’s basketball team rallied to take a 58-57 lead over Kent State with 7:29 remaining in the game Tuesday.
However, after Craig Sealey’s dunk gave BG its lead, the Falcons would score only three points the rest of the way and the Golden Flashes posted a 69-61 victory.
‘‘Our guys fought,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said. ‘‘We were right there ... At the end of the day Kent made the plays and we didn’t ... We didn’t convert on the offensive end as much as we needed to.’’
Jordon Crawford missed a 3-pointer that would have put Bowling Green ahead by four and Darren Goodson was fouled on the other end. He made two free throws to put Kent State back on top for good.
Richaun Holmes momentarily got the Falcons back within four as he caught an alley-oop pass from Crawford for a dunk with 2:43 to play, but that was Bowling Green’s last field goal. Kent State got a jumper from Kris Brewer and made just enough free throws to secure the win.
After taking the lead, BG was 1-of-13 from the field, 1-of-2 from the free-throw line and had one turnover. Crawford had eight of the 12 misses.
‘‘We have two seniors in Jordon and A’uston (Calhoun), who are guys, especially Jordon, who will try and take the game (over) and make the plays,’’ Orr said. ‘‘I respect the courage of our older guys, but we have got to make better plays. We have got to find a way to put the ball in the basket, down the stretch. It doesn’t necessarily have to be one guy.
‘‘That’s always a challenge for any team, who you go to? And that didn’t happen today,’’ Orr added. ‘‘We just have to try to make the best decisions we can down the stretch; whether it’s going through our seniors or whoever ... We have to try to involve more people.’’
Kent State raced out to a 14-2 lead in the first 8:15 of the game.
The Golden Flashes would later extend their lead to 17 points, 35-18, with 2:24 left in the first half.
The Falcons then went on a 11-0 run to trail by six, 35-29 at the half. Chauncey Orr scored six points in the run and Sealey added five.
Bowling Green kept the pressure on to start the second half.
Kent State was up seven, 55-48, with 10:46 left and then BG put together its final run, out-scoring KSU, 10-2 to take its one-point lead before faltering.
‘‘In the last two or three minutes of the game, a lot of times it comes down to who can execute the best and who can get the best shot. Tonight Kent made some tough shots,’’ Orr said. ‘‘We weren’t scoring and didn’t get the stops and we ended up losing.’’
A big difference in the game was from the 3-point arc as Kent State was 9-of-20 and Bowling Green was 0-of-9.
Calhoun scored 13 points, 11 in the second half, and had seven rebounds. Crawford had 12 points, tied his season-high with eight assists, and added two steals. Holmes finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and three blocks.
Bowling Green falls to 12-18 overall and 6-9 in the Mid-American Conference. The Falcons hosts Buffalo Friday at 6 p.m. in the Stroh Center in the regular-season finale.
The Falcons can still earn the No. 5 seed for the MAC tournament (and a bye to Cleveland) with a win Friday night, combined with losses by Eastern Michigan and Ball State. If that does not happen, the Falcons would host a MAC tournament first-round contest Monday at 7 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.
NOTES: Kent State is 18-12 overall and 8-7 in the MAC ... BG got 24 points from its bench, led by Holmes’ 11 points while Sealey had seven points and Jehvon Clarke added six ... Holmes blocked three shots and now has 70 blocks for the season  ... BG got 22 fast-break points and had 50 points in the paint ... The Falcons are now 1-12 on the road, including 1-7 in MAC games ... Friday’s game is senior night for Calhoun, Crawford, James Erger and Luke Kraus.

Calhoun 6-12 1-1 13, Orr 3-7 2-2 8, Black 0-3 1-2 1,  Crawford 5-17 2-3 12, Kraus 1-3 1-1 3, Parker 0-2 0-0 0,  Sealey 3-3 1-1 7, Erger 0-1 0-0 0, Clarke 3-5 0-0 6, Holmes 5-8 1-2 11. Totals 26-61 9-12 61.
KENT ST. (18-12)
Evans 4-11 4-7 12, Henniger 4-5 1-2 9, Frank 0-0 0-0 0,  Brewer 4-7 0-0 11, Holt 4-9 5-5 16, Pope 1-4 0-2 2, Thomas 0-1 1-2 1,  Ortiz 0-0 0-0 0, Manley 2-7 0-0 6, Spicer 0-0 0-0 0, Tabb 0-2 0-0 0,  Goodson 5-10 1-2 12. Totals 24-56 12-20 69.
Halftime—Kent St. 35-29. 3-Point Goals—Bowling Green 0-9 (Calhoun  0-1, Kraus 0-1, Parker 0-1, Orr 0-1, Crawford 0-5), Kent St. 9-20 (Holt  3-4, Brewer 3-4, Manley 2-5, Goodson 1-3, Thomas 0-1, Evans 0-3). Fouled  Out—None. Rebounds—Bowling Green 36 (Calhoun 7), Kent St. 36 (Evans 12).  Assists—Bowling Green 14 (Crawford 8), Kent St. 17 (Evans 7). Total  Fouls—Bowling Green 18, Kent St. 12. Technical—Kent St. Bench. A—2,853.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 00:32

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