Sunday, March 04, 2001

Bowling Green 67, Miami 51


Cold shooting dooms RedHawks

The Associated Press

        BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Keith McLeod scored 25 points and Len Matela added 16 as Bowling Green beat Miami 67-51 Saturday.

        McLeod scored 14 points in the second half, when the Falcons built on their seven-point halftime lead.

        “I think McLeod has been one of the better players in the league this season,” Miami coach Charlie Coles said. “He has to be first-team all-league — he has to be — or the people voting need to pay attention.”

        McLeod was 10-of-14 from the field.

        “Sometimes his shot selection isn't the best, but today he got himself in a mind frame offensively and did some wonderful things for us,” Falcons coach Dan Dakich said.

        Alex Shorts led Miami with 17 points and was the only player in double figures for the RedHawks. He also had a team-high six rebounds.

        Two Miami starters, Mike Ensminger and Jason Grunkemeyer, were held without a point. Forward Brian Edwards came off the bench and was 2-of-2 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, finishing with eight points for the RedHawks.

        The RedHawks (14-15, 10-8 Mid-American Conference) made just 32 percent of their shots from the field (17-of-53), including 26 percent in the second half (8-of-31).

        The Falcons (14-13, 10-8) had no such troubles, making 60 percent of its shots (28-of-47).

        The loss gives Miami the No.8 seed in the MAC Tournament despite its seventh-place tie with Bowling Green in the MAC standings. The RedHawks, who will play No.9 Akron Monday at Millett Hall, lost both of their games with the Falcons this season.

        “Akron, like Bowling Green, has our number this year,” Coles said.

        Monday's game is tentatively scheduled for 7p.m.

        The No.7-seeded Falcons will play host to 10th-seeded Western Michigan on Monday.

 
MIAMI  (51)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Johnson         25   1-5   3-4   0-0  1  1    6
Ensminger       19   0-0   0-0   1-4  1  2    0
Shorts          31  7-17   3-3   2-6  1  3   17
Grunkemeyer     27   0-5   0-0   0-2  3  3    0
Davis           30   2-8   0-0   0-2  3  2    5
Jameson         14   1-2   0-0   0-1  1  0    3
Drake           13   2-5   0-0   0-1  0  1    5
Williams         4   0-0   2-2   0-0  1  0    2
Helmers          4   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
Seals           12   1-4   0-0   0-0  1  0    2
Reed             3   0-3   0-0   1-1  0  0    0
Edwards          6   2-2   4-4   2-4  0  0    8
Allendorf       12   1-2   1-2   1-2  0  4    3
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TOTALS         200 17-53 13-15  7-23 13 16   51
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Percentages: FG-.321, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals:
4-16, .250 (Johnson 1-3, Shorts 0-1, Grunkemeyer
0-3, Davis 1-4, Jameson 1-1, Drake 1-3, Reed
0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 2 (Edwards
2). Turnovers: 10 (Davis 3, Shorts 2, Drake,
Grunkemeyer, Johnson, Reed, Williams). Steals: 6
(Drake 2, Ensminger, Grunkemeyer, Johnson,
Shorts).


BOWLING GREEN (67)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Jackson         29   4-6   0-0   1-4  2  2    9
Klassen         20   3-6   0-0   0-1  2  3    6
Matela          36   6-9   4-5  1-11  3  0   16
Mcleod          36 10-14   4-6   1-5  3  0   25
Pardon          28   1-3   0-0   0-6  7  2    2
Almanson        20   2-2   0-0   1-2  0  3    5
Gerken           4   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Ryan            18   2-6   0-0   0-1  3  2    4
Netter           9   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 28-47  8-11  4-30 20 12   67
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Percentages: FG-.596, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals:
3-8, .375 (Jackson 1-1, Mcleod 1-3, Pardon 0-1,
Almanson 1-1, Ryan 0-2). Team rebounds: 2.
Blocked shots: 4 (Matela 2, Klassen, Ryan).
Turnovers: 11 (Pardon 4, Gerken 3, Jackson 2,
Klassen, Mcleod). Steals: 4 (Jackson 2, Mcleod,
Pardon).
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Miami Ohio         25   26  -   51
Bowling Green      32   35  -   67
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 3,852. Officials: Sam
Lickliter, Jerry Sauder, Keith Herring.


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