|(updated 9:20 a.m.) Wright State beats BG men, 46-43 (12-29-13)|
|Written by By The Associated Press|
|Sunday, 29 December 2013 18:33|
FAIRBORN — The Bowling Green State University men’s basketball team could not come all the way back Sunday afternoon against Wright State.
The Falcons were within two points with less than two minutes to go, but the Raiders held on to post a 46-43 victory at the Nutter Center.
‘‘We did not play our best game, but we fought and got ourselves back into the game,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said. ‘‘We fought hard at the end, but overall I don’t think we played as well as we needed to play.’’
Wright State held a 26-19 lead at the half.
The Raiders got a three-point play to take their largest lead of the game, 38-24, with 11:23 to go in regulation.
BG’s Spencer Parker converted a contested layup 30 seconds later, and Jehvon Clarke hit a 3-pointer to start a 13-5 run for the Falcons. A Richaun Holmes dunk capped the run.
The Falcons’ run cut the Raiders’ lead to 42-37 with 5:40 to play.
After the teams traded baskets, Holmes converted a three-point play to cut WSU’s lead to 45-42.
Holmes, who scored the final eight points of the game for the Falcons, split a pair of free throws with 1:46 to go to put Bowling Green to within, 45-43.
WSU’s Miles Dixon then split a pair of free throws with 9.2 seconds left to account for the final margin.
Bowling Green saw its last second 3-point attempt to tie the game hit off the back rim.
The Falcons were hurt by 21 turnovers, and a 7-of-14 effort from the free-throw line.
‘‘Turnovers killed us. We had 21 turnovers, and that’s way too many,’’ Orr said.
Holmes finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs.
‘‘He stepped his game up. But sometime, you can’t wait until you are down, and you are in the last few minutes of the game,’’ Orr said. ‘‘You have to play and compete at that level for the whole game.
‘‘Richaun with his talent and what he has been able to do, to me that’s not enough. He’s got to give more during the body of the game because he can.’’
NOTES: BG is 6-6 overall with Sunday’s loss breaking a three-game winning streak ... Wright State is 8-7 overall, 8-0 at home ... Spencer Parker added 11 points for the Falcons ... Four of BG’s five starters played 35 minutes or more ... The Falcons were out-scored 19-1 in bench points, and 30-18 in points in the paint ... Wright State was 0-of-13 on 3-pointers ... The 43 points is the lowest scoring total output this season for the Falcons, who were 17-of-39 from the field, including 2-of-10 on 3 pointers .... The Falcons finish non-conference play Thursday with a home game against Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne at 8 p.m.
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