St. John's outlasts Bobcats

St. John's Brian Morrison soars over Bowling Green's A.J. Donnell.
St. John's Brian Morrison soars over Bowling Green's A.J. Donnell.

BOWLING GREEN - St. John's Jesuit took about a quarter to get things rolling against Bowling Green last night.

Once the Titans got going, that meant trouble for the Bobcats.

St. John's overcame an early nine-point deficit and streaked to a 61-45 victory over Bowling Green in a non-league matchup at Anderson Arena.

Jonathan Dunn paced the Titans (10-2) with 18 points, including 12 in the second half when St. John's pulled away from the Bobcats.

Andrew Taylor produced 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Michael Taylor added 11 points for St. John's.

The Titans, who trailed 16-7 after one quarter, outscored the Bobcats 37-21 after halftime to insure the decisive outcome.

"We've been trying to come out and play a more complete game," St. John's coach Ed Heintschel said. "I thought in the second half we came out and did a nice job of being a little more aggressive - offensively and defensively."

It was the third game in six days for the Bobcats (10-5). A night after defeating Springfield 66-46 in a Northern Lakes League contest, the Bobcats couldn't sustain a fast start against the Titans.

Ryan Hoehner, who has been hampered for more than a week by an ankle injury and is still trying to regain his strength from a bout of strep throat, struggled to find his shooting touch.

Hoehner, Bowling Green's leading scorer and rebounder, missed his first seven shots and went through three quarters without making a single basket. A 2-for-4 effort from the free throw line summed up his scoring contributions heading into the fourth quarter.

"I thought we did a reasonably good job on [Hoehner]," Heintschel said. "I thought the kids played hard."

Hoehner finished with 11 points, but accounted for only two of the Bobcats' 16 field goals.

"I was pretty tired out there, especially after yesterday's game," Hoehner said. "I think we kind of lost our energy in the second half."

The Titans outscored the Bobcats 17-4 in the third quarter to take a 41-28 lead into the final period. They led by double digits the rest of the way.

Jordan Fortney scored a team-high 12 points for Bowling Green, but his performance was indicative of how the night went for the Bobcats. He was held to two points in the second half. Nonetheless, Bowling Green coach Von Graffin applauded Fortney's effort.

"I think the light bulb is starting to go on for Jordan," Graffin said. "He's beginning to use his size and quickness to his advantage, but I thought he kind of lost his legs in the second half."

The Bobcats outplayed the Titans in the first half even though the halftime score didn't show it. They took advantage of six turnovers by the Titans in the first quarter and ended up with a nine-point lead.

However, St. John's woke up in the second quarter and began to slowly chip away at Bowling Green's lead when the Bobcats offense stalled.

The Titans opened the quarter with a 7-2 run. Andrew Taylor, Michael Taylor and Dunn scored five points apiece during the quarter as St. John's outscored Bowling Green 17-8.

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