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Youngstown State (3-4) at Bowling Green (3-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 1, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stroh Center (4,280) -- Bowling Green, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: YSU 1-1, BGSU 2-0. Away Record: YSU 2-1, BGSU 0-1. Neutral Record: YSU 0-2, BGSU 1-2. Conference Record: YSU 0-0, BGSU 0-0. Series Record: Bowling Green leads, 8-3
GAME NOTES: The Youngstown State Penguins look to turn things around when they visit the Stroh Center for a non-conference battle with the Bowling Green Falcons.
The Penguins lost their fourth game in a row on Wednesday as they suffered an 85-78 overtime loss to Kent State. Coach Jerry Slocum's squad has played tough in each outing during the current slump, but it has had trouble putting the exclamation point on its performances so far. Youngstown State began the season with three straight wins, including a 12-point victory over Georgia on the road. However, it then lost to North Dakota State (83-80 OT), James Madison (69-68), and Duquesne (84-74) before their recent heartbreaker versus the Golden Flashes. Despite losing their last four games to fall below .500, YSU is still outscoring its opponents by a narrow 1.8 ppg margin this season.
Bowling Green has had better luck recently, as it comes took down Detroit by five points for its second triumph in a row on Tuesday. The Falcons, who are carrying a 3-4 record, ended a three-game losing slide in their prior outing with a 14-point win over Division II opponent Alabama-Huntsville. Coach Louis Orr's squad played one other Horizon League program before Detroit this season, but fell in overtime to the Cleveland State Vikings on the road. The Falcons are most likely going to continue launching shots from distance as they are averaging 6.3 makes from 3-point range this season, which is the most for the team since the 2006-07 campaign.
BGSU is 8-3 all-time against Youngstown State, but the Penguins won the last contest, 83-76 in a BracketBusters game on Feb. 19, 2011.
The Penguins got beat on the boards by Kent State their last time out as they lost the rebounding battle, 46-38. They also struggled from distance with only four makes on 20 attempts from beyond the 3-point line. Damian Eargle recorded his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds while adding four blocks. Junior guard Kendrick Perry poured in a team-high 26 points and senior Blake Allen tallied 12 in the loss. Perry is the team's go- to-guy with an average of 18.9 ppg. Eargle, Allen, and Kamren Belin are all scoring in double figures as well. Belin is also pulling down a team-best 7.3 rpg.
The Falcons followed the lead of speedy 5-6 point guard Jordon Crawford to the 70-65 decision over the Titans. Crawford scored a game-high 26 points after connecting on 5-of-10 from beyond the arc in the contest. He played exceptionally well considering he was going toe-to-toe with Detroit's superstar point guard Ray McCallum. Crawford is scoring a team-high 17.7 points per contest to contribute to the team's average of 66.7 ppg. Forward A'uston Calhoun is close behind with 17 ppg and is also leading BGSU in rebounding with 6.7 per outing. Richaun Holmes only averages 16.5 minutes per game, but the sophomore forward is a shot-blocking machine when presented the opportunity.
Although BGSU just took down one of the top tier programs from the Horizon League, it took an unbelievable performance out of Crawford for that to happen. Youngstown State refuses to quit as it continuously is leaving it all on the floor. Although they have not found a way to come up with the win their last four times out, the Penguins will be able to get past the Falcons due to their array of scoring options.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Youngstown State 73, Bowling Green 68
12/01 10:31:04 ET