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Bowling Green's big 2nd half too much for Ohio

Falcons pull away in final 9 minutes for 82-63 win


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BOWLING GREEN - Bowling Green dominated the final nine minutes and ran away with an 82-63 victory against Ohio on Tuesday night at the Stroh Center.

Leading just 55-52, the Falcons outscored the Bobcats 27-11 the rest of the way, beginning with an 11-0 run.

Jason Carter's hot shooting from the outside was not nearly enough for Ohio. He was 5 for 7 from long range and scored 22 points. Teyvion Kirk had 17 points and just two turnovers.

It was no match for the Falcons, who shot 53.4 percent in the game, including 64.3 percent in the second half. Justin Turner led five Bowling Green players in double figures with 20 points.

"They got a little loose on us defensively in the driving lines," Ohio coach Saul Phillips said. "They did the same thing against Kent State. They broke the defense down and played out of the penetrate and kick game, and that's what got us."

Ohio (8-6, 0-2 Mid-American Conference) began the game well with an early 13-4 lead but Bowling Green (10-5, 2-0 MAC) answered back with a big run, going up 30-21 with 6:21 left in the half. Carter, Gavin Block and then Carter again answered for the Bobcats with 3-pointers that made the game even at 30 at halftime.

The run reached 14-0 for the Bobcats with the first five points of the second half, including another Carter 3-pointer. But from then on, the Falcons hardly missed.

The Bobcats limited turnovers to 13 while forcing 12 but yet the Falcons held a 15-0 advantage in points off of turnovers. Led by Michael Laster's 15 points, Bowling Green's bench outscored Ohio's 43-11.

"It's disappointing because we did do some things well," Phillips said. "Like I said, I thought our offense looked more fluid and looked better. Defensively, we did a good job on (Demajeo) Wiggins. But their bench had 43 to our 11, and that's not good enough."

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The Bobcats play Ball State at noon Saturday at Worthen Arena.






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