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Dec 15, 2013 6:48 PM

Morehead State Loses to Bowling Green, 67-61

Junior Richaun Holmes and senior Cameron Black combined for 28 points, 17 rebounds and 12 blocked shots to help the Bowling Green men's basketball team record a 67-61 victory over Morehead State on Sunday afternoon at Johnson Arena.

Five Bowling Green players reached double figures in the scoring column, and the Falcons were credited with 14 rejections. Holmes netted a game-high 17 points, plus five rebounds and seven blocks. Black tallied 11 points, 12 rebounds and swatted five attempts.

The Falcons, who compete in the Mid-American Conference, improve to 5-5 with their fourth win in the past six games. The Eagles, who play in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 7-5. BGSU also moves to 6-3 in the all-time series with its fourth straight victory over MSU.

"Bowling Green is a quality team, and you have to give them credit," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "Their post players were very active on both ends of the floor today. That was the difference in my mind. They out-played us at the four (power forward) and five (center) spots."

Bowling Green had 10 of its blocks in the second half. The rejections forced Morehead State into shooting 31 percent (22-of-72) from the floor, including just 26 percent (9-of-35) after intermission. The Falcons, meanwhile, knocked down 49 percent (23-of-47) from the field.

Morehead State tallied a 47-34 upper hand in the rebounding department, including 24-6 on the offensive end. The Eagles have still not been outrebounded in 12 tilts this season. MSU also forced 21 turnovers, which led to 17 points, and handed out 16 assists on 22 baskets.

Sophomore Brent Arrington paced Morehead State with 16 points on 6-of-14 overall and 4-of-7 from long distance. Junior Angelo Warner added 15 points, but connected on just 6-of-19 overall. Warner collected eight rebounds in the setback, while Arrington pulled down seven.

Senior Chad Posthumus led the Eagles with 11 rebounds -- his ninth performance of 10+ this year -- while junior Kareem Storey notched a game-high nine assists. The five Morehead State guards who saw action combined for 16 assists and just nine miscues.

Sophomore Spencer Parker and junior Jehvon Clarke tallied 12 points apiece for BGSU, while junior Anthony Henderson chipped in with 11. Junior Billy Reader contributed 11 points, on 5-of-6 at the foul line, and nine rebounds off the bench for MSU.

Morehead State built a 10-point cushion 15 minutes in and held a 38-34 halftime lead. Arrington's bucket with 12:55 to play gave the Eagles a 47-45 advantage, but Bowling Green recorded 10 of the contest's next 12 points to snag a lead it never relinquished.

"I'm disappointed in how we played today," Woods said. "We were sluggish and our focus was not very good. Semester finals are finally behind us, and we can focus on basketball from now until mid-January. This is a great opportunity for us to get better as a team."

Morehead State continues its non-conference slate on Thursday when it hosts Summit League member South Dakota. Tip-off from Johnson Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. The contest will be MSU's last Division I opponent at home during the 2013 calendar year.

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