BOWLING GREEN — For the Bowling Green State University men’s and women’s basketball teams, the 2013-14 season couldn’t have started much better.
The men pounded Malone 87-60 in an exhibition game at the Stroh Center on Saturday. The women made it a doubleheader sweep by beating Tiffin 91-48 in the exhibition game that followed.
The Bowling Green men had five players finish in double figures, led by Start High School product Anthony Henderson with 17. Chauncey Orr and Richaun Holmes each had 16, while Cameron Black (12 points) and Spencer Parker (11) also finished in double figures.
Isiah Elliott scored 14 points and Che Richardson 13 to lead Malone.
Parker’s layup at the 14:23 mark of the first half broke a 9-9 tie and jump-started a 17-1 run by the Falcons, who eventually expanded their lead to 47-23 at the break.
Bowling Green made 20-of-34 shots from the floor in the half (58.8 percent) and turned the ball over just two times.
“Coach makes that a point of emphasis, that we take care of the ball,” Henderson said. “We’ll going to turn the ball over some, but we have to limit that as much as we can.”
Meanwhile the BG defense forced Malone to commit eight first-half turnovers, and the Pioneers made just 6-of-27 shots.
“I thought on defense we executed well, especially in the first half,” coach Louis Orr said.
“We did more switching that we normally do. … I thought our defense set the tone in the first half."
In the second half BG led by as many as 32 points, and Malone came no closer than 22.
Falcon women cruise
The BG women rolled to an early 18-2 advantage in their win. The Falcons got points from 11 different players and made 14-of-26 3-pointers (53.8 percent).
Erica Donovan led BG with 17 points, while Alexis Rogers and Katrina Salinas each added 11.
Karli Mast finished with 10 points to lead Tiffin.
Bowling Green made 5-of-7 3-pointers to start the game and led by as many as 22 points in that half before a late rush by the Dragons cut the lead to 40-26 at the half. The Falcons were 7-of-16 on 3’s in the first half.
“I thought we had a lot of open looks,” BG coach Jennifer Roos said. “We had a lot of kids make 3’s early, so we kept taking them.
“But I thought we had some looks inside that we passed up. And the way fouls were being called, I thought we could have gotten to the foul line more than we did.”
The Falcons started the second half on a 16-3 run and eventually led by as many as 49 before settling on the final margin.