|Parker emerges as scoring threat|
|Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Friday, 06 December 2013 08:54|
Spencer Parker is emerging as a scoring threat for the Bowling Green State University men's basketball team.
A 6-foot-7 sophomore, Parker is coming off a career-high 20-point performance in BG's 74-62 win over Western Kentucky Monday. The Falcons, 3-4, play at Xavier Saturday at 2 p.m.
"He was always going to be a confident guy, who was going to be aggressive and attack (the basket),'' BG head coach Louis Orr said. ''He has a knack of getting to the basket, and scoring around the rack.
''In this day and age, he's an attack guy, so he's going to draw fouls,'' he continued. ''He's a guy who has a lot of confidence in his ability to score.''
Parker leads the team with 45 free-throw attempts, and he was 9-of-12 from the line against WKU.
Also in the win over WKU, Parker scored the first seven points of the second half, to expand BG's lead from two to nine points in less than two minutes.
With Chauncey Orr sidelined with a knee injury, Parker has started the last six games.
''He's getting an opportunity, and he's doing the right thing; he's making the most of it,'' coach Orr said.
Parker has scored in double figures in all seven of BG's games this season. He is averaging a team-high 14.4 points per game. He is also averaging 4.1 rebounds per game.
He was slowed by injuries and scored only 24 points as a freshman, but already has 101 points this season.
''Spencer went through kind of a learning curve (last season),'' coach Orr said. ''He went home and worked on his shooting. He worked on his free-throw shooting.
''(There is) improvement in his defense, his help defense, and handling the ball,'' he added.
INJURIES: Chauncey Orr has played in only one game so far the season.
''Your body will tell you when you're healthy, and it will tell you when you're hurt,'' coach Orr said. ''His body is still telling him he's hurt. He's got pain when he tries to do some strenuous movement, some running; he's got a little swelling.''
Freshman Zach Denny has yet to practice with the team, and coach Orr did not have a timetable for his return.
XAVIER: The Musketeers are 5-3, having lost their last three games to Iowa, USC, and, Tennessee.
Semaj Christon, a 6-3 sophomore, leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.1 ppg. He averaged 15.2 ppg last season, and was named the Atlantic 10 Conference rookie of the year.
Matt Stainbrook, a 6-10 redshirt junior, is averaging 10.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He played two years at Western Michigan before transferring to Xavier.
TV: The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
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