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* Bowling Green plays its second of four consecutive road games as the Falcons play at North Dakota Friday at 8 p.m.
* The game marks the first time BGSU men's basketball has played an opponent from the state of North Dakota.
* The Falcons are in the midst of five games in five different states (Florida, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio).
* North Dakota is in its first year in the Big Sky Conference, a league in which the Falcons are 1-1 against all-time.
* BGSU is coming off of near-upsets against back-to-back power six conference schools.
* Jordon Crawford scored a career-high 27 points, all in the second half, in a wild triple overtime loss at South Florida
* The triple OT game against South Florida was the first for BGSU since a 91-88 loss at Ball State on Jan. 29, 1992.
* Richaun Holmes had the first five-block game for BGSU since Otis Polk had five against Western Michigan on Feb. 4, 2009.
* Richaun Holmes now ranks 24th in the country in blocked shots.
* Richaun Holmes has blocked at least two shots in seven straight games and is on-pace to break the school single-season record.
* Jordon Crawford has made 21 of his last 23 free-throws after making just 9-of-19 attempts to start the year.
* Sophomore Anthony Henderson scored a career-high nine points with three three-pointers at USF.
* Bowling Green's bench has outscored the opponent's bench in eight straight games.
* BGSU is 4-0 when outrebounding its opponent.
* Jordon Crawford needs five assists to move into the top five all-time at BGSU in that category.
* Cam Black needs two blocked shots to move into the top 10 all-time at BGSU for a career.

BGSU LOOKS TO BUILD MOMENTUM TO CLOSE 2012
Bowling Green will play its first game in the state of North Dakota in school history Friday, facing the University of North Dakota at 8 p.m. After facing two consecutive opponents from power conference schools, the Falcons will  be attempting to return to .500 and begin building momentum for Mid-American Conference play.

THE SERIES
Bowling Green and North Dakota have never played each other. In fact, the Falcons have only played one other school from the Big Sky Conference, splitting a pair of games with Northern Colorado.

BGSU DROPS WILD TRIPLE OVERTIME GAME AT USF
In a game that featured a 22-minute delay due to the lights going out, three overtimes, and a late technical foul, South Florida edged BGSU 87-84 in triple overtime Friday. Jordon Crawford scored a career-high 27 points, all after halftime, and A'uston Calhoun added 22 points and eight rebounds. The Falcons led late in regulation and both the second and third overtimes but were unable to put the contest away. The Falcons did come back from a four-point deficit in the first overtime with just 21 seconds to play.

NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT THREE OVERTIMES
While the school record for overtimes in a single game is four, Bowling Green played a triple overtime contest for the first time in 20 years Friday. The last time the Falcons went that deep into the night came in a 91-88 loss to Ball State on Jan. 29, 1992. Overall, the Falcons have played in four overtime sessions already this year, the most since the team played four overtime games in the 2001-02 season.

1,000 POINT TEAMMATES
Against Michigan State, A'uston Calhoun scored his 1,000th career point. With 917 points, Jordon Crawford needs just 83 more to tie him. They would become just the eighth set of teammates to reach the milestone in the same season. It would also be the first time that it's happened in back-to-back seasons as Scott Thomas and Dee Brown both did it last year.

PLUS/MINUS
Although none of them rank among the top three on the team in scoring, Richaun Holmes, Anthony Henderson and James Erger may have had the largest impact on the success of the team so far this year. Bowling Green has outscored its opponents by 30 points when Holmes is on the floor, 25 when Henderson is on the court and 21 when Erger is in the game. Those are the top three plus/minus ratings on the Falcons this year.

1-2 PUNCH
Senior forward A'uston Calhoun and senior guard Jordon Crawford currently rank as the second-highest scoring duo in the Mid-American Conference. Calhoun and Crawford have combined for 32.7 points per game to trail Toledo's Julius Brown and Rian Pearson at 34.1 points per contest. Kent State's Chris Evans and Randal Holt are third at 29.5 points per game.

MORE OF THE DYNAMIC DUO
Both A'uston Calhoun and Jordon Crawford are averaging at least 16.0 points per game. The last BG teammates to finish a season at 16.0 points per game or better were John Reimold (18.5 points) and Josh Almanson (17.2 points) in 2004-05.

THE CHARITY STRIPE
In the past seven games, BGSU has made 92-of-116 free-throws (79.3 percent), including 19-of-21 against Wright State. In the first four games of the year, the Falcons shot just 60.2 percent from the stripe. The team's season-percentage of 72.0 is the best since the 2005-06 team also shot 72.0 percent for the season. The school record is 75.3 percent in 1964-65.

REBOUND THAT BASKETBALL
Bowling Green is 4-0 when outrebounding its opponents this year. The Falcons are -0.8 boards on the season, but the team has outrebounded Lake Erie, Alabama Huntsville, Wright State and Samford by at least eight each.

50% IS GREATER THAN 80%
Under Head Coach Louis Orr, Bowling Green has won more than 80 percent of its games when its shoots at least 50 percent from the floor. A year ago, the Falcons went 8-3 in such games and are 37-8 in Orr's five years at Bowling Green when reaching that total. BG is yet to shoot 50 percent in a game this year.

EVEN MORE SHOOTING PROWESS
Bowling Green went 5-0 a year ago when shooting at least 54 percent from the floor, defeating Temple, Malone, Western Michigan, Morehead State, and Kent State.

BLOCKING OUT
Bowling Green has had as many or more blocked shots than its opponent in 10-of-11 games this year, including a season-high 10 against USF. It marked the first time the Falcons had 10 blocked shots in a game since blocking 11 at Illinois State on Dec. 6, 2008. Sophomore transfer Richaun Holmes has led the way with 28 blocks, ranking third in the MAC.

SENIOR IMPACT
Each of Bowling Green's four seniors have increased their scoring average this year. Combined, A'uston Calhoun, Jordon Crawford, James Erger and Luke Kraus are scoring 39.5 points per game in 2012-13, up from 29.0 points per contest a year ago.

GETTING BENCHED
Bowling Green's bench has outscored the opponent's bench in eight consecutive games. The Falcons have gotten at least 12 points from the non-starters in each of those contests, including a season-high 21 points three times (against Robert Morris, Youngstown State and South Florida). In fact, the bench has only been outscored once this year, against IUPUI.

HOLMES THINKING RECORDS?
With 28 blocked shots in the first 11 games, Richaun Holmes is on pace to finish the 31-game regular season with 79 blocked shots, which would shatter the school record of 59 for a single-season (Cornelius Cash in 1973-74). Holmes had a career-best five blocked shots at USF (the most for a BG player since Otis Polk had five against Western Michigan on Feb. 4, 2009) and ranks 24th in the country in the category. He has seven consecutive games with at least two blocked shots and four consecutive games with at least three blocks.

WINNING UGLY
One sign of a good team is the ability to win games when not playing at its best. Three times this year, the Falcons have won games when shooting below 40 percent from the field, beating Lake Erie, Wright State and Samford. A year ago, BGSU lost all seven contests when it show below 40 percent.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
In just over one year, the Stroh Center has proven to be a difficult place for opponents to play. The Falcons are 4-2 this year at home after going 12-4 a year ago, including a mark of 3-0 against teams that eventually went to the NCAA Tournament (victories over Detroit, Temple and Ohio). The 16-6 record in the Stroh Center comes out to a .727 winning percentage, which is higher than the program's .709 winning percentage in Anderson Arena, the home for the Falcons from 1960-2011.

D-FENSE! D-FENSE!
Earlier this year, Bowling Green held Wright State and Samford to 42 points or less in back-to-back games. It was the first time the team had done that in successive games since doing so against Loyola and Pepperdine on Dec. 22 and Dec. 27, 1949. It also marked the first time the team held back-to-back opponents to 83 points or less since holding Western Ontario and Miami to 82 points on Dec. 8 and Dec. 12, 1962.

STROH IN THE 70'S
BGSU is 6-0 all-time when scoring at least 70 points in the Stroh Center. The Falcons went 5-0 last year and defeated Detroit 70-65 this year.

THE POST GAME
Head coach Louis Orr's philosophy is always to play inside-out and the Falcons have done that well during his tenure. In the past four seasons, BGSU has scored 20 or more points in the paint in 95-of-105 games. The high-water mark came when Bowling Green scored 58 points in the paint against Malone a year ago.

FRESH FACES
BGSU head coach Louis Orr announced the signing of three student-athletes during the fall signing period. J.D. Tisdale (Flint, Mich./Swartz Creek High School), Zach Denny (Germantown, Ohio/Valley View High School) and Garret Mayleben (Milford, Ohio/Milford High School) will join transfer Josh Gomez (Brooklyn, N.Y./Rice High School/Iona) among next year's incoming class.

LITTLE BIG MAN
At 5-feet-6, junior point guard Jordon Crawford is likely the best player in the country at his height. Over the summer, Bleacher Report named him the best Division I player in the nation at his height. Crawford currently ranks second in the MAC at 16.7 points per game.

FALCONS ON REGIONAL/NATIONAL TELEVISION
BGSU will play a minimum of three games on ESPNU and SportsTime Ohio this year. The Falcons hosted Michigan State on ESPNU on Dec. 18 and will host Eastern Michigan on STO on Jan. 12. The third guaranteed contest comes on STO on Jan. 30 at home against Akron. There will be 10 more MAC games selected to be aired on ESPN/STO throughout the year.

PRESEASON ALL-MAC
A'uston Calhoun earned East Division Preseason All-MAC honors by voting of 24 members of the MAC News Media. Calhoun was one of five players selected in the East Division, joining Buffalo's Javon McCrea, Akron's Zeke Marshall, and Ohio's D.J. Cooper and Walter Offutt.

MEDIA PICKS BOWLING GREEN FIFTH
Bowling Green was picked to finish fifth in the East Division by vote of 24 members of the MAC News Media. The Falcons were chosen ahead of Miami, while Ohio was selected to win the division, followed by Akron, Kent State and Buffalo.

CSM HONORS CALHOUN, CRAWFORD
College Sports Madness released its preseason All-MAC awards, naming A'uston Calhoun first team preseason All-MAC and Jordon Crawford third team.

A'USTON IS ALL-MAC
A'uston Calhoun was named to the 2012 All-MAC Second Team by vote of the league's 12 head coaches after being named honorable mention in 2011. Calhoun ranked fifth in the MAC in scoring in league games (15.1 points per game), eighth in field-goal percentage (50.3 percent), and 12th in rebounding (5.4 per game).