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January 25, 2012

Falcons roll past Chippewas, 71-58

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Trey Zeigler fought off the flu to score a game-high 17 points but the Chippewas fell on the road at Bowling Green Wednesday night, 71-58.

The loss was CMU's (7-12, 2-4 MAC) fourth straight after starting Mid-American Conference play 2-0. The Falcons improved to 9-10 overall, 3-3 in the MAC.

BGSU shot 51 percent from the floor, including 62 percent in the second half while holding a double-digit lead for a majority of the second half.

"We came out with good energy to battle and ourselves in position to finish some plays offensively but unfortunately we could not make buckets in the first half," coach Ernie Zeigler said. "We struggled around the basket. At one point we got four offensive rebounds on a possession but when you shoot 23 percent in the first half it is extremely difficult to keep yourself within a distance to be able to take the lead or stay competitive."

Trey added 10 boards for his fifth double-double of the season, along with three assists, two steals and a block.

He didn't get much help with Andre Coimbra the only other CMU player to reach twin figures with 12 points. Olivier Mbaigoto added seven points and eight boards while Finis Craddock sparked CMU with seven points off the bench.

Bowling Green was led by Scott Thomas, A'uston Calhoun and Jordan Crawford who all tallied 14 points each. Calhoun also had 11 boards while Crawford dished out seven assists.

Central jumped out to a 12-9 lead when Coimbra drained a 3-pointer with 13:53 remaining before the break but CMU would go on to score just nine more points in the first half on three field goals and three free throws. Bowling Green led 31-21 at the half and used a 9-0 run to stretch it to a 17-point lead with just under 15 minutes to go.

Craddock provided a spark with some hustle plays and the Chippewas trimmed the deficit to nine with 10:40 to go before the Falcons pushed their lead back up to as many as 20 points.

One bright spot for the Chippewas was rebounding where Central held a 41-29 edge after getting outrebounded by double figures in the previous three games.

After shooting just 24 percent from the floor in the first half, CMU hit 52 percent of its shots in the second to finish at a 37 percent clip. The Chippewas went 4-for-17 (.235) from 3-point range and 8-for-15 (.533) from the line.

Next up for the Chippewas is a Saturday night home game against MAC-leading Akron Zips (5-1). Tipoff on Jan. 28 is set for 7 p.m., in McGuirk Arena.

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