GAME NOTES: The Miami-Ohio RedHawks return to Mid-American Conference action
to square off with the Bowling Green Falcons at the Stroh Center.
The RedHawks shot 28-of-51 (54.9 percent) when these schools met on Jan. 16 to
edge Bowling Green, 63-60, stealing a contest that the Falcons controlled
until the very end. Will Felder posted 20 points and seven rebounds to pace
Miami, while A'uston Calhoun tallied 21 points for BGSU.
John Cooper's RedHawks have only won one game in their 10 games since they
first took on the Falcons. To its credit, Miami has lost a lot of close games
during that stretch including its 74-68 setback to Southern Illinois in
overtime in a BracketBuster matchup on Saturday. The loss was the fifth in a
row and dropped the team to an 8-17 overall record. Freshman guard Reggie
Johnson played very well in the non-conference bout as he paced Miami with 18
Junior guard Allen Roberts chipped in 14 points for Miami in its overtime loss
to SIU over the weekend. Jon Harris added nine points and a team-best seven
rebounds. The RedHawks went seven minutes without registering a single point
in the opening half and fell behind 22-9 before firing back with a 17-3 run to
go into the intermission on top, 26-25. Miami let a four-point lead slip away
in the closing minutes of regulation and then got outscored in the extra
session by six points. The RedHawks were guilty of 17 miscues which allowed
SIU to hold a 24-10 advantage in points off of turnovers. On the season,
Roberts is leading the squad in the scoring column with 12.8 ppg despite
connecting on only 38.6 percent of his field-goal tries.
Louis Orr's Falcons also had an unpleasant BracketBuster experience as they
were defeated 88-75 at IUPU-Fort Wayne. BGSU's loss was not much of a surprise
as it has been atrocious away from home with just one win in 12 true road
tests. However, it now returns home where it is 9-3 on the season with only
one of the setbacks coming in conference play.
Calhoun had his streak of 12 straight double-digit scoring finishes snapped at
IPFW where he was held to two points. Chauncey Orr netted a team-high 17
points and Jordon Crawford produced 14 as BGSU trailed by nine points or more
for the entire second half. The Falcons did a horrible job of defending the
perimeter, allowing the Mastodons to hit on 12-of-18 from 3-point range.
Calhoun (15.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Crawford (15.0 ppg, 4.2 apg) are the leaders
regularly. Richaun Holmes has already set a school single-season record with
63 blocked shots.
The momentum will slide from Miami's corner to the Falcons as this series
migrates to the Stroh Center. BGSU is a much different team in its own arena
and the RedHawks will have trouble coping with their conference rival, which
is playing much better offensively in recent weeks.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Bowling Green 67, Miami-Ohio 63