BOWLING GREEN - Senior point guard Jordon Crawford scored 30 points and senior forward A'uston Calhoun added 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Bowling Green men's basketball team beat Central State 73-60 in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon in the Stroh Center.
"Jordon Crawford was terrific scoring the ball," BGSU Head Coach Louis Orr said. "For us, he's got to both score and run the team."
Crawford scored 20 in the second half, making 7-of-9 shots and all three of his three-point attempts, as the Falcons outscored the Marauders 44-35 over the final 20 minutes and never trailed after the break.
His biggest shot may have come with 14 minutes to play. Bowling Green had missed its first 12 attempts from three-point range and Central State's Ledonte Body had just made a long range shot to cut the deficit to one. Following a Calhoun steal, Crawford knocked down a three-pointer with 14:07 to go that sparked a Falcon offensive burst.
Calhoun followed up the three-pointer with a lay-up and Crawford found sophomore transfer Richaun Holmes all alone in the lane for a dunk to make it 43-36. After Central State's Phillip Gates scored inside, Crawford hit another three-pointer and added a jumper to make it 48-38. From there, Central State never got closer than six the rest of the way.
Bowling Green dominated in most statistical categories, generating 17 more shot attempts than Central State. The Falcons outrebounded the Marauders 41-28, including 17-4 on the offensive glass (seven each from Calhoun and Craig Sealey). Bowling Green also forced 24 turnovers, picking up 15 steals. Luke Kraus led the way with five, but eight players garnered at least one theft.
"Luke gave us some really good minutes on the defensive end," Orr said. "A'uston got some tough rebounds in traffic and our young guys had some good, solid minutes."
Despite the 17 extra shot attempts, the Falcons failed to run away with the game because the team shot only 33 percent in the first half and missed all nine three-point attempts, although it did improve to 53 percent in the second half and 4-of-9 from long range. Central State shot 46 percent from the floor, including 50 percent in the second half.
Demarkus Isom Jones led Central State with 19 points and point guard Phillip Gates had eight assists, but the Falcon guards pestered him into eight turnovers as well.
Bowling Green will open the season Friday in the Stroh Center by hosting Lake Erie at 7 p.m.