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(updated 6:30 p.m.) Ohio downs BG men, 72-63 (2-9-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 February 2013 17:01
OU’s Reggie Keely scores on BG’s Cameron Black (35). (Photo: Louise Fish/Athens Messenger)
ATHENS — Sparked by an 11-0 run early in the second half, Ohio had its way with the Bowling Green State University men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon.
The Falcons trailed 35-34 at the half, but had no answer for the Bobcats in the second half as Ohio posted a 72-63 win.
“Ohio is one of those teams where you can’t afford to have a stretch where you don’t have good offensive possessions and turnovers,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said, adding the Falcons never recovered from the Bobcats’ 11-0 run. “They have spurtability; this is a team that can go on runs.
‘‘Offensively we settled for too many jump shots early (in the second half),’’ Orr added.
T.J. Hall’s layup with 15:00 to play put Ohio up 48-37, but the Falcons used a 7-2 run, capped by a Jordon Crawford 3-pointer, to get within 50-44.
Ohio, though, answered every run the Falcons tried to start over the final 12 minutes. The Bobcats led by as many as 16 until BG closed with an 8-1 spurt to get within nine at the final buzzer.
The Falcons had nine turnovers in the second half resulting in 14 points for the Bobcats. BG also had problems guarding Ohio in the second half, both in transition and in set pieces.
“That was the key to the game,’’ Orr said about Ohio’s ability to score off turnovers.
The score was tied four times in the first half, but BG never took the lead. The Falcons were competitive with the Bobcats in the opening 20 minutes, holding a 21-15 rebounding edge and scoring 11 points off Ohio’s seven turnovers.
Also in the first half, the Falcons held Ohio to just two points off turnovers. BG also had a 6-0 edge in second-chance points and got 10 points from Crawford.
“When you’re in mid-February, you have to find a lot of ways to win the game, because each game is going to be different,” Ohio head coach Jim Christian said. “We did what we had to do.’’
A’uston Calhoun finished with a game-high 19 points and added eight rebounds for the Falcons.
Crawford had 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and four turnovers. Crawford was 4-of-6 on 3-pointers.
BG’s Craig Sealey came off the bench for eight points and a career-high 12 rebounds in 16 minutes and teammate Richaun Holmes added eight points off the bench, all in the first half.
NOTES: BG is 9-14 overall and 4-6 in the Mid-American Conference ... Ohio improved to 17-6 overall and 8-1 in the MAC ... BG held a 41-32 rebounding edge ... Ohio’s Reggie Keely had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds ... There were four technical fouls called late in the game, two on each team, and the players did not go through the traditional handshake line at the end ... The game drew 10,846 fans ... The Falcons host Western Michigan Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 10:15

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