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BGSU men’s basketball faces South Florida in Friday doubleheader

The second game of Friday’s double-header continues as the Falcons take on the University of South Florida Bulls.

The Bulls, who are now members of the new American Athletic Conference, are coming in with a record of 2-0 with wins over Tennessee Tech University and Bethune-Cookman University. A big player to watch for South Florida is 6’9” forward Victor Rudd. The last time these two teams faced off was on Dec. 12, 2012, where Rudd lead the Bulls to a triple over victory over the Falcons, where he scored a career high 29 points. For the Falcons to stop Rudd, they will have to be physical and versatile. BG will not only need to guard him down low, but in the three-point area as well.

“[Rudd] is a multi dimensional scorer,” head coach Louis Orr said. “We’ll have to make him work for his points”.

The second player the Falcons need to look out for is Mt. San Antonio college transfer Corey Allen Jr. Allen, who is averaging 14 points per game this season, along with eight assists.

The Falcons are coming off an impressive victory over the Earlham College Quakers. BG set a school record for steals, and also recorded 29 assists. The Falcons were led by Jehvon Clarke in his first collegiate start, where he had 17 points and eight assists. All of the five Falcon starters reached double digits, along with Spencer Parker who provided valuable time off of the bench with 16 points. The full court worked to perfection against Earlham, and helped get the Falcons on a 24-3 run in the first half.

When asking coach Orr about using the full court press against South Florida, he said, “It’s something in our pocket that we can use when need be, every game is different.”

BG guard Chauncey Orr is a game-time decision for Friday’s game with a knee injury.

“We’re a balanced team,” coach Orr said. “Other guys will step up if he can’t play. We’ve been getting contributions from all the guys on the team, and we expect that to continue. We’ll be ready to play whether we have Chauncey or not, but were hopeful, and we’ll wait and see.”

This is the first Division I opponent for the Falcons, who look to go 2-0 for the first time since the 2003-2004 season. Facing a major opponent like the Bulls will be a game where fans will see a lot of what the Falcons are capable of doing this season.

Orr is looking forward to a big student turnout for the BG basketball doubleheader.

“We’re looking forward to the students coming out and making their presence known,” Orr said.

Tipoff against the University of South Florida Bulls is set for 8:30 p.m.

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