(Updated 11:30 p.m.) Miami defeats BGSU's men, 63-52 to end the Falcons' season (3-11-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Monday, 11 March 2013 21:05
BG's Luke Kraus (3) reacts post-game after Bowling Green is defeated by Miami 63-52 in the first round of MAC Tournament play. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
A slow start to the second half crippled the Bowling Green State University men’s basketball team in its Mid-American Conference tournament opener against Miami Monday at the Stroh Center.
The RedHawks expanded their 34-31 halftime lead when the Falcons went scoreless for 6:29 to start the second half. Miami went on to post a 63-52 victory. The Falcons finish 13-19. PHOTO GALLERY
‘‘We tried to pound the ball inside, unfortunately we really struggled to get the ball in there,’’ BG senior A’uston Calhoun said. ‘‘They kind of took us out of our plays and pressured our guards ... That really had us on our heels.’’
Even with the slow start the Falcons were able to cut Miami’s lead to 49-47 with 4:35 remaining in the game.
‘‘This team has found so many ways to lose in the second half. We had one of our typical spans, turned the ball over, hit a scoring drought and they cut it to two,’’ Miami head coach John Cooper said. ‘‘In the huddle it’s trying to talk to our guys and get our guys ... to hold together and show some character and the intestinal fortitude to figure out a way to win the game.’’
After BG pulled to within two, Reggie Johnson had the answer for Miami as he hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, banking in the second one with 1:40 to go, to push Miami’s lead to 55-49.
“I understand if I’m at the other end ... and he hits the one off the backboard, you have to say to yourself ‘are you kidding me?’’’ Cooper said. ‘‘I’ve been there, trust me.’’
BG’s Chauncey Orr made two free throws after Johnson’s first triple and then made another free throw with 1:22 left. Orr’s layup with 37 seconds remaining was BG’s final score of the game.
Miami was 8-of-8 from the line in the final 1:01 of the game, including a 6-of-6 effort from Will Felder.
‘We did everything we could at the end to give ourselves the best opportunity, the best shot that we could. We just didn’t make the plays that we needed to make. Miami made the plays they needed to make to win,’’ Calhoun said. ‘‘We didn’t do our job. We didn’t execute and we didn’t get enough stops.’’
There were five ties and three lead changes in the first half as Miami was able to lead by three at the break, due in part to Jon Harris’ 14 points. Harris was 4-of-5 on threes in the first half.
Craig Sealey’s three-point play gave the Falcons a 28-25 lead with 3:53 left in the first half.
Harris then nailed a 3-pointer for the fifth tie of the half and followed that with a basket, after two BG turnovers, to put his team ahead to stay.
‘‘He was the one guy that we knew could hurt us,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said about Harris. ‘‘He’s a tough cover ... because he stretches your defense.’’
Luke Kraus made a 3-pointer with 2:20 left in the half, to cut Miami’s lead to 32-31, but the Falcons would not score again until there was 13:31 left in the game, a span of 8:49.
With BG going scoreless, Miami was able to build a 12-point lead. Kraus’ triple broke BG’s scoring drought in the second half.
Later in the second half, two dunks from Calhoun and five points from Jordon Crawford helped Bowling Green get back into the game.
But the two big baskets from Johnson and the accurate free-throw shooting held off the Falcons.
‘‘I didn’t underestimate this team at all,’’ Orr said about Miami.
Calhoun said emotions were running high in the locker room after the game.
‘‘Just seeing my teammates and how they were taking it was tough,’’ Calhoun said. ‘‘It’s tougher than me dealing with my own emotions, because these other guys I go to war with night in and night out, practice with, and travel with for the last four to five years.’’
NOTES: Miami, 9-21 overall, faces Eastern Michigan in the second-round of the tournament Wednesday at 9 p.m. in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena ... While Miami finished 9-of-20 on 3-pointers, the Falcons were 6-of-24 ... Miami’s Allen Roberts was not expected to play because of a knee injury, but he contributed eight points and six rebounds off the bench ... The RedHawks were 16-of-19 from the free-throw line ... Miami scored 17 points off BG’s 10 turnovers ...The RedHawks got 29 points from its bench ... It was the final game for BG’s Calhoun, Crawford, Kraus and James Erger.

MIAMI (OHIO) (9-21)
Felder 2-6 6-6 11, Harris 5-12 0-0 14, Legarza 1-5 2-2 4,  Rollins 2-6 0-2 5, Sullivan 0-3 0-0 0, McKnight 1-1 4-4 6,  Sewell 1-1 0-0 3, Roberts 3-6 2-3 8, Johnson 4-8 2-2 12. Totals 19-48 16-19 63.
Calhoun 3-10 4-4 10, Orr 3-7 3-4 10, Black 1-1 0-0 2,  Crawford 4-15 0-0 10, Kraus 3-9 0-0 9, Henderson 0-0 0-0 0,  Sealey 1-1 1-1 3, Erger 0-0 0-0 0, Clarke 0-2 0-0 0, Holmes 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 19-50 8-9 52.
Halftime—Miami (Ohio) 34-31. 3-Point Goals—Miami (Ohio) 9-20 (Harris  4-7, Johnson 2-4, Felder 1-1, Sewell 1-1, Rollins 1-3, Sullivan 0-1,  Legarza 0-1, Roberts 0-2), Bowling Green 6-24 (Kraus 3-9, Crawford 2-8,  Orr 1-5, Clarke 0-1, Calhoun 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Miami  (Ohio) 33 (Harris, Roberts 6), Bowling Green 30 (Calhoun, Holmes 6).  Assists—Miami (Ohio) 10 (Harris, Rollins 2), Bowling Green 15 (Orr 5).  Total Fouls—Miami (Ohio) 11, Bowling Green 18. A—1,715.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 09:36

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