BGSU senior Cameron Black scored a career-high 18 points in his final homecoming at Kent State, yet the Golden Flashes used a three-pointer from Devareaux Manley with less than a second left to sink the Falcons 62-61 in the M.A.C. Center in Kent, Ohio. Sophomore Spencer Parker calmly hit two free throws with just over eight seconds to go in the game to give the Falcons a 61-59 lead. With no timeouts, Kent State brought the ball up the court and attempted to drive down the right baseline. Kris Brewer then floated a one-handed runner towards the basket with time winding down, but had it blocked in mid-air by BGSU's Black to send the ball loose under the Golden Flashes basket and then eventually out of bounds off a Falcon player with just over three seconds remaining. On the ensuing inbounds play, Brewer found a slicing Manley in the near corner who fired up a three-pointer while fading out of bounds that went through the net with 0.9 seconds to go in the game giving the Golden Flashes the 62-61 win. BGSU added to its 35-27 halftime lead with five quick points to give the Falcons a 13 point lead, for the second time in the game, at 40-27 with 18:56 to go in the contest. Kent State answered with a double digit run, pouring in 12 straight points over the next three minutes to trim the BGSU lead back down to one at 40-39 with 15:20 to play. Kent State cut the BGSU lead to one four more times over the next nine minutes of play, yet the Falcons managed an answer each time to stay in front during that span. After a Clarke three-pointer from the top of the key as the shot clock expired minutes later extended the Falcons lead to five at 56-51, Kent State again responded with a surge of their own, rattling off seven straight points to take its first lead of the second half at 57-56 with 3:15 to go in the game. The two teams' then traded baskets and the lead over the next minute until a free throw from Clarke tied the game up at 59-59 with 1:57 on the game clock. Following a Kent State timeout, BGSU forced Darren Goodson to take a jump shot, only to see the home team come away with the offensive rebound and another chance to take the lead. After a second Kent State timeout, Manley missed a three-pointer from the left corner and then immediately fouled Parker going for the rebound. Parker hit two free throws to give the visitors a 61-59 lead with just over eight seconds in regulation. The eight seconds proved to be one second too much, as Manley's three fell thru the basket with 0.9 seconds left on the game clock.
BGSU vs. KENT STATE SERIES HISTORY
Bowling Green holds an 82-69 series lead over the Golden Flashes of Kent State.
Since defeating No. 23 Kent State, 89-83, at home on March 1, 2008, the Falcons
have gone 4-7 against the Golden Flashes on the hardwood. Kent State has won each of the last two meetings, however, BGSU has won each of the last two games played at home in the Stroh Center versus the Golden Flashes.
LAST 10 MEETINGS (Kent State leads 6-4)
Date Location Result
Feb. 12, 2014 at Kent State L, 61-62
Mar. 5, 2013 at Kent State L, 61-69
Jan. 23, 2013 at Bowling Green W, 70-55
Feb. 25, 2012 at Bowling Green W, 74-58
Jan. 14, 2012 at Kent State L, 87-92
Mar. 1, 2011 at Bowling Green L, 57-63
Jan. 11, 2011 at Kent State L, 63-80
Feb. 24, 2010 at Bowling Green L, 69-75
Jan. 17, 2010 at Kent State W, 76-70
Feb. 26, 2009 at Bowling Green W, 67-66
LAST TIME OUT
Oxford, Ohio – Junior Richaun Holmes broke his own BGSU single-season record for blocked shots on Sunday afternoon, as the Falcons fell on the road to Miami 55-52 in Millett Hall. The game was the fifth straight contest for the Falcons that has come down to the final possession of the contest. Holmes registered his 74th block of the season at the 10:55 mark of the second half to surpass both his and the BGSU single-season record of 73 swats set just last season. Spencer Parker led the Falcons with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while Cameron Black had eight points and 10 rebounds for BGSU. Holmes chipped in with nine points, which all came in the second half, and nine rebounds to go along with his two blocked shots. BGSU held the RedHawks to only five made field goals in the second half, as Miami was 5-of-15 (33.3 percent) over the final 20 minutes of play, and committed only three turnovers in the second period on the offensive end, yet couldn't overcome the 10 point halftime deficit at 35-25. The Falcons, who were plagued by 10 turnovers which led to 13 first half points for the RedHawks, got back into the game in the second half with defense and by taking care of the ball, as BGSU held Miami without a made field goal for the first six minutes of the second period after the halftime break. During that span, BGSU used an 11-4 run, as all four of the RedHawks' points came from the free throw line, to trim the home team's lead to four at 39-35 with 14:32 to go in the game. However, the RedHawks found its offense after a 30 second timeout, as Oswald hit a jumper from the left wing at the 14:03 mark to not only end the field goal drought, but help Miami extend its lead back to seven at 43-36 with just under 14 minutes to play. Both teams traded baskets over the next few minutes until the Falcons' got yet another two-handed slam from Holmes to put the score at 50-46 with 7:20 on the game clock. The Falcons held Miami without a basket and to only five made free throws over the final 7:43 of the contest, yet struggled to find points on the offensive end. After two straight free throws from McKnight put Miami up six at 52-46, the Falcons once again got within three points at 53-50 with 3:31 to go in regulation. Holmes came up with a huge block on the next Miami offensive possession to give the ball back to the Falcons with time winding down. On the ensuing offensive play, following a BGSU timeout, the visitors got the ball down low to Holmeswho scored to put the orange and brown down one at 53-52 with 1:47 to play. With 41 seconds to play and out of a Miami timeout, BGSU's Shaun Joplin nearly came away with a steal in the backcourt, but was called for the foul to send Miami to the charity stripe. There McKnight missed the first free throw attempt, but made the second to put the score at 54-52 with just under 30 seconds to play. Using its final timeout of the game, the Falcons got the ball up the court and saw a three-pointer from Jehvon Clarke at the top of the key miss to the right, as Miami hauled in the rebound and was immediately fouled. The RedHawks' Moore, like McKnight, missed the first one, but made the second one to put Miami up three at 55-52 with just under three seconds to play. BGSU's last second half court heave was offline, as the RedHawks held on for the 55-52 home win.
It has officially been confirmed that the Falcons will travel to Buffalo to play the Bulls on Saturday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. in the two teams' regular season finale.
MAC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THE BGSU TICKET OFFICE
The Bowling Green State University Department of Athletics has announced that tickets for the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland for men's basketball are now on sale through the BGSU Ticket Office. Men's basketball tickets are on sale for $20 per round (a $14 discount off tickets purchased in Cleveland). Student tickets for BGSU men's basketball can be purchased in Cleveland for $10. The tournaments begin in Cleveland following first round home-site contests. The second round begins the first day of play at Quicken Loans Arena on March 12 and the third round follows the next day. The MAC Tournament semifinals are March 14 and both championship games take place March 15. Fans will not be charged for tickets for rounds in which the team does not advance to compete in.
HOLMES SETS NEW SINGLE SEASON BLOCKS RECORD - AGAIN
Junior forward Richaun Holmes recorded his 74th block of the season at the 10:55 mark of the second half at Miami on Feb. 23, to set a new BGSU single-season record for blocked shots in a season. Holmes' surpassed the old BGSU record of 73 blocks set just last year by Holmes himself. He currently has 75 blocks on the year.
This season, BGSU has had 12 games decided by five points or less, including each of the last five games and eight of the Falcons' 14 MAC contests this season. In fact, each of the Falcons' last five games - vs. Akron, at Kent State, at Ball State, at home versus Toledo and at Miami - have all seen the outcome come down to the final seconds of the game.
LAST SECOND GUT WRENCHING LOSSES
In each of the last four Falcon losses (Akron, 65-63; Kent State, 62-61; Toledo, 60-58; Miami, 55-52), Bowling Green has lost in the closing seconds of the game with the outcome looming until the final possession is over. Akron hit the go-ahead shot with just over two seconds to play to defeat BGSU 65-63 on Feb. 9, while Kent State hit a three-pointer in the final second to escape the Falcons on Feb. 12, 62-61. On Feb. 20, Toledo hit a baseline jumper with 3.2 seconds on the game clock to defeat the Falcons 60-58. Miami hit two free throws down the stretch to hold off BGSU for a 55-52 win on Feb. 23, after BGSU had cut the lead to one with less than a minute to play in the game.
FIVE MINUTE WARNING: FALCONS CLUTCH SHOOTING
The Falcons as a team are shooting 43.3 percent from the floor and 62.0 percent from the free throw line in clutch situations this season - For these purposes, clutch is defined as (a) the final five minutes of a game when the scoring differential is single digits at the time the shot was attempted OR (b) any overtime. Richaun Holmes leads the Falcons in shooting during these clutch situations with a 69.2 field goal percentage, while both he, Spencer Parker and Damarkeo Lyshe are all shooting over 66.7 percent from the free throw line during clutch time.
STARTERS SHOULDERING SCORING LOAD
The five starters for BGSU - Jehvon Clarke, Anthony Henderson, Spencer Parker, Richaun Holmes and Cameron Black - are shouldering most of the scoring load this season for the Falcons, as they combined are averaging 89.6 percent of the scoring for BGSU this season. The five starters have combined for a total of 1,532 points for BGSU this season, while the rest of the team has scored a total of 178 points. That is an average of just over 56.7 points per game for the starters and just under 6.6 points per contest from the non-starting five this season.
FOUR SCORES ... IN MAC PLAY
The Falcons have four players averaging double digit points thus far this year in MAC play. Jehvon Clarke (13.0), Spencer Parker (12.9), Richaun Holmes (12.8), and Anthony Henderson (11.5) are all averaging double figures in BGSU's 12 MAC games.
ANTHONY'S SINGLE SEASON THEFTS
Redshirt-junior guard Anthony Henderson has totaled 60 steals thus far this season, which places him in the top-10 for the most steals in a single season in BGSU history. Currently Henderson is tied for 10th-place with Nate Miller who had 60 steals in the 2008-09 season. The single-season record is 82 thefts set by DeMar Moore in 1996-97.
CLOSING IN ON DIME NUMBER 200
Point guard Jehvon Clarke is closing in on career assist number 200, as he has passed out 194 helpers thus far. The junior is only six away from reaching the 200 mark.
BUCKING THE TREND AS OF LATE
This season, the Falcons have been slow starters off of the opening tip, however, over three out of their last four games BGSU has been bucking the trend. On Feb. 12 at Kent State, the Falcons started the game out on a 13-0 run, while on Feb. 15 at Ball State, BGSU opened the game up on an 8-0 run. On Feb. 23, BGSU started out of the gate with back-to-back three-pointers to take a 6-0 lead by the first media timeout.
BATTLE OF I-75 BRINGS IN A RECORD CROWD
Round two of the 2014 Battle of I-75 brought in a record crowd at the Stroh Center, as the Falcons played Toledo in front of a season-high 3,182 fans on Feb. 20. The 3,182 fans is the fourth largest crowd to watch a men's basketball game in the Stroh Center's young history.
ORR'S MILESTONES IN WIN AT BALL STATE
Coach Louis Orr reached not one, but two milestones with the Falcons win at Ball State on Feb. 15. Orr posted his 100th win overall as the head coach at BGSU and also tallied the 200th win overall for his career as a head coach.
HOLMES' DUNK IN THE FIRST HALF VS. AKRON PLAY #2 ON ESPN'S WEEKEND TOP PLAYS
Richaun Holmes received a pass from Jehvon Clarke and drove the lane before throwing down a one-handed slam over Akron's Pat Forsythe at the 11:09 mark of the first half on Feb. 9. The dunk was featured on ESPN SportsCenter's Weekend Top-10 Plays later on that night as the No. 2 play.
DOUBLE DIGIT DEFICIT DISTRESSES
Bowling Green has proven to be a notoriously slow starting them this season, as the Falcons have fallen behind by double digits in 20 of its 27 contests this season. Oddly enough, when BGSU doesn't fall behind by double digits (7 times) the Falcons are 6-1 on the season. BGSU is just 5-15 in the 20 contests in which the orange and brown has trailed by double digits at some point in the game.
GETTING TO THE LINE
Aggressive play has aided the Falcons this season, as BGSU is 7-2 on the year when making more free throws than its opponent for the game. Overall BGSU is 57-21 under head coach Louis Orr when hitting more free throws than its foes over the last six + seasons.
70 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The magic number for the Falcons is 70 - as in 70 points per game. BGSU is 4-2 this season when scoring 70 points or more and 43-17 overall under head coach Louis Orr since his first year at BGSU in 2007-08. On the flip side, Bowling Green is only 7-14 this year when scoring less than 70 points and 59-70 overall during Orr's tenure when not amassing 70 points or more.
WORKING OVERTIME ON THE FLOOR
A number of BGSU players in Jehvon Clarke, Anthony Henderson, Richaun Holmes, Damarkeo Lyshe and Spencer Parker have all logged more minutes this season alone than they had for their entire careers prior to this year.
In each of the Falcons last four wins - at Western Michigan, at Ohio, versus Buffalo at home and at Ball State - BGSU has overcome a deficit at some point in the contest. At Western Michigan, BGSU came back from a 15-point deficit in the second half to earn a 69-64 win. Versus Ohio, the Falcons overcame an 11 point first half lead to upend the Bobcats 58-56, and at home against Buffalo, BGSU overcame a 10 point first half deficit to storm back for a 74-68 win. Against Ball State, BGSU trailed by as much as three points less than two minutes to play in a 66-64 road win.
ROAD TRIUMPHS IN 2013-14
Bowling Green has posted four road wins this season - at Morehead State, at Western Michigan, at Ohio and at Ball State - which is four times as many true road wins than last season. Prior to last season, the Falcons won only four road games in each of the previous two years.
A BLOCK FOR BLACK & HOLMES - SHARPIE
You can sharpie in a block for both Cam Black and Richaun Holmes at the opening tip, as each Falcon big has posted at least one block in a game double digit times. Holmes has registered at least one block in 25 contests this season, while Black has recorded at least one swat in 20 different games on the year.
Both Richaun Holmes and Cameron Black are chasing former Falcon Otis Polk for the most career blocks in BGSU men's basketball history. Polk's 159 career swats is 11 blocks ahead of Holmes who is in second-place overall with 148 career rejections. Black is only one spot behind Holmes with his 142 career blocks.
ANT-THREE-NY ON FIRE SINCE KALAMAZOO
Since his break out game of 27 points in a win at Western Michigan on Jan. 19, shooting guard Anthony Henderson has been on a tear from behind the three-point line. Over his last 11 games, which includes the WMU win, Henderson has shot 48.3 percent from downtown, as he is 28-of-58 from long range.
BGSU MEN'S HOOPS RANKED IN THE TOP-30 IN BOTH BLOCKS AND STEALS
BGSU enters the contest ranked in the top-30 nationally among a number of defensive categories in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball statistical rankings released on Monday, Feb. 24. BGSU is ranked 27th overall in both total blocks (149) and in blocked shots per game (5.5). The Falcons also rank 27th in steals per game (8.0) and 28th in total steals (217). BGSU is ranked 34th in the nation in scoring defense at 63.6 points per game.
AMONG THE NATION'S LEADERS IN STEALS AND BLOCKED SHOTS
BGSU's Anthony Henderson is ranked 20th in the nation overall in total steals with 60 on the season and 23rd in steals per game with an average of 2.22 per contest. Richaun Holmes is ranked 22nd overall nationally in total blocks with 75 and 26th in blocked shots per game with an average of 2.78 per outing.
BGSU takes pride in its defensive prowess, as the Falcons are ranked second in the MAC and 34th in the nation in scoring defense allowing only 63.6 points per game on the season. BGSU is also second in the conference in blocked shots per game (5.5) and third in steals per game (8.0). The Falcons are allowing on 62..4 points per game in MAC play, which ranks second in the league.
AT THE TOP IN THE MAC
Bowling Green's Richaun Holmes is second in the MAC in blocked shots on the season, as he has 75 total blocks and an average of 2.8 per game, while Anthony Henderson is ranked second in the MAC in steals with an average of 2.2 per contest and a league high 60 total thefts overall. Jehvon Clarke leads the league in minutes played with an average of 36.1 minutes per contest.
NO REST FOR THE WEARY
Bowling Green has three players in the top-four of the league in minutes played thus far this season. Jehvon Clarke (36.1), Spencer Parker (35.3) are 1 and 2 in the MAC in minutes played, while Anthony Henderson (33.4) is fourth in the league.
2ND HALF > 1ST HALF
Bowling Green has proven to be a second half team this season, as the Falcons have scored 103 more points (904 > 801) over the final 20 minutes of play compared to the first 20 minutes of action so far this year. Four of BGSU's six lowest total points output per half this season (18, 19, 19, 21) have come in the first half of play.
KEEPERS OF THE RIM: BLOCK BROTHERS
BGSU's duo of Cam Black and Richaun Holmes continue to prove to be an effective last line of defense for the Falcons, as the tandem have combined for 115 blocks over the Falcons' 27 games this season. Both Holmes (148) and Black (142) are already in the top-three all-time at BGSU in career blocked shots.
BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
The Falcons this season have had a balance scoring attack, as in 24 of their 27 games this season BGSU has had multiple players record double digit points. In fact, BGSU has had at least three different players post double digit points in 22 of those 24 contests this season, while six different players have registered double digit points in at least one game thus far this year.
BALANCED SCORING ATTACK: TAKE 5
BGSU has had all five starters score in double digits in three different contests this season (Earlham, Presbyterian, Morehead State), all of which were wins.
BREAK OUT SEASONS FOR THE FALCONS
BGSU has had a number of players already have break out seasons thus far in 2013-14, as seven different Falcons have recorded career-high's in points thus far this year with multiple players setting multiple career marks. Bowling Green has also seen a handful of players set career marks in other statistical categories such as rebounds, steals, assists, blocked shots and minutes played.
PARKER STEPPING UP
Sophomore Spencer Parker has stepped up his game thus far this season, as the forward is averaging 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on the year. Parker, who was thrust into the starting lineup in the second game of the season due to injuries, has scored in double figures in 21 contests for Bowling Green this year, including setting a career-high in points per game on four different occasions. He also has surpassed the 20 point mark four times this season. Parker is also second on the team and in the MAC in minutes played per game with 35.3 minutes per contest.
Head Coach Louis Orr's philosophy is always to play inside-out and the Falcons have done that well during his tenure. Over his last four-plus seasons, BGSU has scored 20 or more points in the paint in 137-of-160 games. BGSU has scored a high of 58 points in the paint twice during that span, including 58 points in a win versus Earlham in the season opener.
HISTORICAL ROAD WINS
With their back-to-back road wins at Western Michigan and at Ohio, the Falcons posted wins at Kalamazoo, Mich. and at Athens, Ohio for the first time in the same year since the 1990-91 season.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
In the last two years, the Stroh Center has proven to be a difficult place for opponents to play. The Falcons went 23-9 at home over the last two years, including posting a 3-0 mark at home in 2011-12 against teams that eventually went to the NCAA Tournament. Overall, the Falcons are 29-16 in the Stroh Center, which comes out to a .644 winning percentage.
THAT 70'S STROH
Bowling Green is 15-0 all-time when scoring at least 70 points in the Stroh Center. The Falcons reached 70 points at home four times this year, six times last season in 2012-13 and dropped 70 points or more five times in 2011-12.
CAREER NIGHT IN BLACK'S FINAL HOMECOMING AT KENT STATE
In his final homecoming game at Kent State, Kent, Ohio native, Cam Black had a career-high 18 points in a 62-61 last second loss on Feb. 12. Black also had nine rebounds and three blocks in the game, as he was 9-of-11 from the floor overall.
For the first time in over two years, the Falcons had two players each post a double-double in the same game. Richaun Holmes (16 points / 10 rebs.) and Jehvon Clarke (11 points / 11 rebs.) each posted a double-double for BGSU in the 74-68 win over Buffalo on Feb. 2.
ONE DIME SHY OF A TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Junior guard Jehvon Clarke posted his first career double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Buffalo on Feb. 2, but he was also only one assist shy of recording the first triple-double of his career as he dished out nine helpers in the win. The last Falcon to register a triple-double was Nate Miller against Buffalo back on Feb. 13, 2007.
CLEANING THE GLASS
Juniors Richaun Holmes and Jehvon Clarke became the first BGSU duo since 2011-12 to each post 10 rebounds or more in the same game. Both Holmes and Clarke had 10 rebounds apiece in the Falcons' win over Buffalo on Feb. 2. Holmes (11) and Cam Black (12) went on to post double digit rebounds in the Falcons' 66-64 win at Ball State on Feb. 15. The last tandem to do that prior to this season was Oglesby and Thomas against UTSA back on Jan. 1, 2012.
BLACK COLLECTS CAREER REBOUND NUMBER 500
Senior Cam Black grabbed six rebounds in the win at Western Michigan on Jan. 19, which allowed him to surpass the 500 career rebounds milestone.
NEW FACE ON THE BGSU ROSTER
Redshirt-senior Shaun Joplin (Sylvania, Ohio) joined the BGSU roster in Jan. 2014. Joplin was a four year letterwinner on the Falcons' football team and was a pivotal part of the BGSU MAC Championship run this past season.
The Falcons 14 total team blocks on Dec. 15 at Morehead State set a new BGSU single game record for the most blocks in a game. The previous record was 13 blocks, which BGSU set just one game earlier versus North Dakota on Dec. 11.
MUCH NEEDED ROAD WIN
The Falcons picked up its first road of the season on Dec. 15, as BGSU defeated Morehead State 67-61 in Morehead, Ky. The road win was the first non-conference road win for BGSU since a 61-53 win at FIU on Dec. 22, 2011 and is the first overall road win for the Falcons since last year, a 57-41 road win at Northern Illinois on Feb. 6, 2013.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE X TWO
Senior Cam Black posted two straight double-doubles in the Falcons two contests in Cancun, Mexico at the 2013 Cancun Challenge. The 6-10 center posted 12 points and 14 rebounds versus Presbyterian and then 10 points and 13 rebounds against Oral Roberts. With his second straight double-double, Black becomes the first Falcon to accomplish that feat since Nate Miller posted three-straight double-doubles in March of 2008.
WE'LL TAKE THAT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH
The Falcons set a new school record for thefts as a team in a single game in its season opener versus Earlham, as BGSU recorded 22 steals overall for the game. Guards Jehvon Clarke and JD Tisdale each recorded six steals apiece, both career-highs.
RECORD SETTING SEASON OPENING WIN OVER EARLHAM
The 53-point win over Earlham was the largest margin of victory for a Falcons' team since BGSU defeated Urbana 114-52 back on Dec. 22, 1999. BGSU also reached the 100-point mark for the first time since defeating Urbana 103-78 back on Nov. 21, 2003. The Falcons had six players score in double figures in the season opening win for the first time since the Nov. 28, 2009 vs. Milwaukee.
BGSU head coach Louis Orr has four new players on the 2013-14 squad. JD Tisdale (Flint, Mich./Swartz Creek High School), Zack Denny (Germantown, Ohio/Valley View High School), and Garrett Mayleben (Milford, Ohio/Milford High School) will all join transfer Josh Gomez (Brooklyn, N.Y./Rice High School/Iona) among this year's incoming class.
FALCONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
BGSU has played three games this year on Time Warner Cable Sports, per the Mid-American Conference regional television package. BGSU played at Western Michigan on Jan. 19, at home versus Miami (Ohio) on Jan. 25 and then once more at home against Akron on Feb. 9 on TWC Sports. The Falcons also played on ESPN3 vs. South Florida, at Wisconsin, at Western Michigan, and versus Akron, as well as twice on a Fox Sports Network affiliate in Fox Sports 1 at Xavier and Fox Sports Midwest Plus at Saint Louis. ESPN has also selected to air BGSU's game versus Toledo as its MAC Wildcard Selection on Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.
MEDIA PICKS BOWLING GREEN SIXTH IN PRESEASON POLL
After graduating their top-two scorers, as well as three of its five starters, Bowling Green was selected to finish sixth in the Mid-American Conference East Division by vote of the league's MAC News Media. Akron was selected to win the East, followed by Buffalo, Ohio, Kent State, and Miami.