BG plays Ohio in midweek matchup

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With Mid-American Conference play hitting the stretch run, the BG men’s basketball team begins a pivotal series of games Wednesday night.

The Falcons take on Ohio in Athens at 7 p.m.

BG and the Bobcats are tied for fourth place in the MAC at 7-4, and the top four teams in the conference receive byes in the first round of the MAC Tournament.

“The season is a marathon run, and you have five games left, so you really have to continue to take it one game at a time,” said coach Louis Orr. “That’s worked for us. You have to keep playing; you can’t stop playing the last third of the marathon. You have to put that kick in and take it to another level.”

The Falcons take on a team very familiar with late season success. The Bobcats are just two years removed from winning the 2010 MAC Tournament and following that up with a first round upset of No. 14 Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio has once again proven to be one of the best teams in the conference this year. Despite being tied for fourth in the league, the Bobcats have the most overall wins in the league with a 19-6 record.

However, the Falcons were able to rudely welcome Ohio to MAC play in January by virtue of a 67-57 victory.

“I thought that we did a good job of containing the guard play and guarding the three-point line,” Orr said. “For us, we played inside-out and it was a good, balanced game for us offensively. And we closed the game strong, and I thought that was big.”

The Bobcats, like BG, are much better at home than on the road. Thirteen of Ohio’s 19 wins have come at home, and the Bobcats have lost only once on their home court all season.

The Falcons will look to receive another strong effort from A’uston Calhoun, who was named MAC Player of the Week for his efforts in two wins this past week. In the two games – wins against Ball State and Toledo – Calhoun averaged 23.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

For the season, Calhoun is leading the Falcons with 13.8 points per game, a number that puts him seventh in the league in scoring.