BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green men's basketball team will hold its lone exhibition game Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Stroh Center against Central State.
The Falcons return three starters from a team that went 16-16 a year ago, as well as 9-7 in Mid-American Conference play. BGSU was picked to finish fifth in the East Division in the MAC Preseason Poll and senior forward A'uston Calhoun was selected as an East Division Preseason All-MAC player.
The Falcons have nine letterwinners back from the 2011-12 team. Senior point guard Jordon Crawford, Calhoun, and junior center Cam Black were all full-time starters a year ago. Senior guard Luke Kraus returns from a foot injury that forced him to miss the final 18 games last year and the squad's other senior, James Erger, played in 27 games in 2011-12.
Junior Craig Sealey returns and is expected to contribute, while a large sophomore class is ready to take a big step this year. Jehvon Clarke, Anthony Henderson, Chauncey Orr and Damarkeo Lyshe will be looked towards for consistent contributions. Three newcomers will add to the depth behind sophomore junior college transfer Richaun Holmes, redshirt freshman Desmond Rorie and true freshman Spencer Parker. Josh Gomez, a transfer from Iona, will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility remaining.
Central State went 19-9 a year ago and returns three players who started at least 18 games a year ago. DeMarkus Isom Jones, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, is the top returning scorer, averaging 9.2 points last year. Phillip Gates, a 5-8 senior guard, averaged 7.6 points and handed out 5.9 assists in 2011-12, while Eddie Jean Pierre scored 4.2 points and grabbed 3.4 rebounds.
Following the exhibition game Sunday, BGSU will host Lake Erie in the team's regular season opener on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Stroh Center. The Falcons went 12-4 at home in the first year of the new facility.