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(Updated 12:15 a.m. Thursday) UT men down Falcons, 83-76 (2-5-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 22:10
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Bowling Green's Spencer Parker (center) shoots against Toledo's Jordan Lauf (left) and Matt Smith (right) during their game at Wednesday night. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
TOLEDO — Toledo had the answer every time the Bowling Green men’s basketball team got close in the second half Wednesday night at Savage Arena.
The Rockets, helped by a 29-of-35 effort from the free-throw line, led from start to finish to down the Falcons, 83-76.  PHOTO GALLERY
‘‘It just came down to a rebound or a stop that we needed, but somehow we didn’t get it; that was a big factor,’’ BG’s Jehvon Clarke said. ‘‘Toledo is a good team, and every opportunity you have, you have to capitalize, whether it’s getting a rebound or making a free throw, or whatever.
‘‘Somehow we didn’t get big plays down the stretch.’’
Toledo started the game with an 11-0 run, and led by as many as 16 in the first half. The Falcons closed the half on an 8-2 run to trail 41-32 at the break.
‘‘Anytime you start off sluggish in the first few minutes of the game, and you are playing catchup, you exert a lot of energy,’’ Clarke said. ‘‘It’s just the effort and who wants to win more.
‘‘You have got to have that self-will to fight and preserve, and things like that to get a win. Unfortunately we didn’t get it.’’
In the second half, the Falcons played well offensively and were able to make things interesting.
The Falcons were within one, 55-54, with 11:30 left in the game after a layup from Clarke off a steal and assist from Anthony Henderson.
On Toledo’s next possession, Matt Smith knocked down a 3-pointer to keep the Falcons at bay.
‘‘We know we have great playmakers, and we just made plays when we needed them,’’ UT’s Justin Drummond said.
Bowling Green hung around and got to within three, 68-65, on Clarke’s 3-pointer with 5:46 remaining.
Just 21 seconds later Drummond hit a 3-pointer to push UT’s lead back to six points.
Henderson’s jumper cut UT’s lead to 71-69 with 3:16 remaining, but Drummond responded 18 seconds later with a basket.
The Rockets then made 10-of-12 free throws to secure the win.
Bowling Green was able to put 44 points on the board in the second half, but could never take the lead.
‘‘Going into the game we knew we had to play on our terms ... When you play against Toledo, you know you can’t play tag with them; you have to be able to get stops,’’ Orr said.
Free throws were a major difference in the game. Bowling Green was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line as Toledo was called for 11 fouls.
The Falcons were forced to foul in the late going and were called for 24 fouls in the game as UT was 20-of-23 from the line in the second half.
‘‘We knew they are a good free-throw shooting team,’’ Orr said.
‘‘We have a lot of athletic guards and we just keep attacking the rim and getting the shot that we want,’ Drummond said.
Clarke and Henderson each had 23 points for the Falcons while Spencer Parker contributed 16 points.
Drummond scored 22 points for Toledo.
NOTES: Toledo is 19-3 overall and 7-2 in the Mid-American Conference ... BG is 10-12, 4-5 ... The game drew 6,031 fans, due in part to The Tie-One On initiative to support cancer care, awareness and outreach ... Toledo held a 43-37 rebounding edge ... BG’s Cameron Black had a game-high 10 rebounds, the sixth time this season he has had double-digit rebounds in a game ... Henderson played all 40 minutes while Clarke played 38 and Parker played 37 ... The Falcons host Akron Sunday at 6 p.m.

TOLEDO 83, BOWLING GREEN 76
BOWLING GREEN (10-12)
Parker 7-16 2-2 16, Holmes 3-5 0-0 6, Black 3-7 0-0 6,  Henderson 9-16 1-2 23, Clarke 9-21 4-4 23, Gomez 0-1 0-0 0,  Tisdale 1-3 0-0 2, Lyshe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-69 7-8 76.
TOLEDO (19-3)
Weatherspoon 4-9 4-8 12, Boothe 1-9 3-4 5, Drummond 5-12 10-11 22,  Pearson 5-10 6-6 16, Brown 2-8 4-4 10, J. Williams 3-5 0-0 8,  Lauf 2-5 2-2 7, Garber 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 23-62 29-35 83.
Halftime—Toledo 41-32. 3-Point Goals—Bowling Green 5-15 (Henderson  4-7, Clarke 1-7, Gomez 0-1), Toledo 8-20 (Drummond 2-3, J. Williams 2-4,  Brown 2-5, Smith 1-3, Lauf 1-3, Weatherspoon 0-1, Pearson 0-1). Fouled  Out—Tisdale. Rebounds—Bowling Green 37 (Black 10), Toledo 43  (Weatherspoon 13). Assists—Bowling Green 25 (Clarke 8), Toledo 17 (Brown  8). Total Fouls—Bowling Green 24, Toledo 11. A—6,031.
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