ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio used an 11-0 run early in the second half to break open a tie game and the Bowling Green State University men's basketball team was never able to battle back as the Bobcats won 72-63 Saturday afternoon.
Bowling Green went into the half trailing Ohio 35-34 and the Falcons tied the score at 37-37 on a Chauncey Orr free-throw. The Bobcats then used an 11-0 run over the next four minutes and Bowling Green never got closer than six the rest of the way.
T.J. Hall's lay-up with 15:00 to play put Ohio up 48-37, but the Falcons used a 7-2 run, capped by a Jordon Crawford three-pointer to get within six at 50-44. Ohio, though, answered any run the Falcons tried to start over the final 12 minutes. The Bobcats led by as many as 16 but Bowling Green closed with an 8-1 spurt to get within nine at the conclusion.
The Falcons never led in the first half but the contest did feature four ties in the opening 20 minutes. After Ohio went ahead 10-4, Chauncey Orr, Richaun Holmes and A'uston Calhoun scored in succession to tie the score. The Bobcats pushed the lead to seven at 23-16 but Crawford knocked down a pair of three-pointers during an 8-2 run to get BGSU back within one.
Ivo Baltic's jumper with 4:41 to play put Ohio on top 32-26 but the Falcons closed the half strong and Craig Sealey's lay-up with 24 seconds remaining brought Bowling Green within one at the break, 35-34.
The Falcons stayed close in the first half by holding Ohio to just two points off turnovers. Bowling Green also had a 6-0 edge in second chance points and got 10 points from Crawford. In the second half, Ohio was able to have more success in turning miscues into points, scoring 12 points off turnovers.
Calhoun finished with a game-high 19 points and added eight rebounds. Crawford had 17 points, four rebounds and four assists. Sealey came off the bench for eight points and 12 rebounds in 16 minutes. Richaun Holmes added eight points off the bench, all in the first half.
The Falcons held a 41-32 rebounding edge for the game but committed 16 turnovers, six more than Ohio. Bowling Green shot 41 percent from the field for the game, while Ohio shot 45 percent, but made only 6-of-23 three-point attempts.
Ohio improves to 17-6 overall with the win and 8-1 in MAC play. Bowling Green falls to 9-14 overall and 4-6 in league play. The Falcons will host Western Michigan Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in another league contest.