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Bowling Green (4-5) at Morehead State (7-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ellis Johnson Arena (6,500) -- Morehead, Kentucky. Television: None. Home Record: Bowling Green 3-1, Morehead State 3-0. Away Record: Bowling Green 0-3, Morehead State 3-3. Neutral Record: Bowling Green 1-1, Morehead State 1-1. Conference Record: Bowling Green 0-0, Morehead State 0-0. Series Record: Bowling Green leads, 5-3.
GAME NOTES: The Bowling Green Falcons will clash with the Morehead State Eagles in a non-conference tilt at Ellis Johnson Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Although they have certainly not been riding high of late, the Falcons have found some footing with wins in three of their last five outings. That includes a 79-69 triumph over North Dakota last time out. The Falcons still need to find some answers on the road, where they are 0-3 this season. Bowling Green gets back home to face Detroit next time out.
The Eagles are suffering through a bit more of a rough patch with losses in two of their last three contests. Morehead State has had quite some time to get over its last contest, which ended in a 74-60 setback against Southern Miss on Dec. 4. Morehead State, which is 3-0 at home, will also play host to South Dakota next Thursday.
When these teams met last season Bowling Green came away with a 73-60 victory at the Stroh Center. The win was the third straight against the Eagles for the Falcons, who lead the all-time series, 5-3.
Richaun Holmes nearly recorded a triple-double in carrying Bowling Green over North Dakota. Holmes tallied 21 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks in the game, as the Falcons bullied North Dakota down low. Bowling Green had a 44-32 scoring advantage in the paint and won the rebounding battle, 40-28.
The Falcons don't rely on a very long list of contributors with four double- figure scorers, but only two others putting in more than three points per game. Spencer Parker (13.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and Holmes (13.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.1 bpg) are the top offensive options. Holmes makes an even greater impact with his work on the boards and in protecting the rim. In fact, Holmes is among the 25 best shot-blockers in the country. Jehvon Clarke (!1.8 ppg, 4.6 apg, 2.2 spg) and Anthony Henderson (11.3 ppg, 2 spg) lead the way in the backcourt. Both are decent scorers, but make up for it with quick hands on defense, while Clarke is adept at finding open shooters.
Angelo Warner, Chad Posthumus and Luke Pajkovic combined to score 55 points for Morehead State against Southern Miss. Unfortunately, the rest of the team did not show up much on the stat sheet, with Drew Kelly (five points) the only other player to score. Not helping matters was a 27-4 deficit in points off turnovers.
Warner (17.7 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.6 spg) is a talented guard that can contribute in a number of ways. However, the Eagles are most reliant on his ability to score. Warner finished with 20 points against Southern Miss for his third game of 20 or more points in the last four contests. He has scored at least 20 points in five games total. Posthumus (115 ppg, 12.7 rpg) is a reliable scorer in the low post and a force on the glass, while Pajkovic (10.4 ppg) can light it up from off the bench. Brent Arrington (10.7 ppg) fits in as a solid starter for a team scoring 77 points per game.
The Falcons' frontcourt should be able to harness Posthumus. However, the Eagles have the advantage on the perimeter with Warner. For the Falcons to win, Henderson and Clarke will have to create enough problems for Warner and force a few turnovers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Morehead State 74, Bowling Green 71
12/15 10:31:09 ET