Xavier Musketeers Fire Their Guns, Shoot Down Bowling Green Falcons, 101-57

Drew GatewoodAnalyst INovember 17, 2009

BOISE, ID - MARCH 22:  Guard Terrell Holloway #52 of the Xavier Musketeers drives with the ball against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Taco Bell Arena on March 22, 2009 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The Falcons were out manned and over matched against the Xavier Musketeers loosing 101-57. The faced a team that has immense talent and usually is ranked in the Top 25. The talent gap between the two schools was blatantly evident as Bowling Green struggled to get half the points Xavier did.

The Falcon big men held their own against one of the best teams they will see all season. All three starters had double figures with Scott Thomas leading the way with 13 points and six rebounds. Otis Polk had 11 points, and Marc Larson added 10 points and three rebounds.

Dee Brown was the only Falcon guard to have any success, but managed just nine points on a 3-8 shooting performance. The Falcons need more help from their bench as well, which only scored a combined 10 points.

Bowling Green shot 36 percent from the field and was 38 percent from three-point range. This below average shooting performance was doomed once combined with the abysmal performance from the charity stripe. The Falcons shot 30 percent, going 4-13 from the line. This has to be the biggest disappointment and something that needs to improve drastically.

Xavier held a shooting clinic going 64 percent from the field and 63 percent from behind the arc. They out rebounded the Falcons 43-21, 10 of which were offensive rebounds.

Jordan Crawford had the game high with 24 points and seven rebounds. He got help from Jason Love who had 12 points and 12 rebounds in his first double double of the season. Terrell Holloway added 12 points and five rebounds and was instrumental in creating havoc from behind the arc.

The Musketeer bench chipped in with 42 points, 12 coming from Brad Redford and another 10 coming from Mark Lyons. All twelve players got action for Xavier, which helped to wear down and already distraught Bowling Green club.

Bowling Green has some work to do and very little time to get it done before their next game. The Falcons go on the road once again this time to play Iowa (0-1) on Friday, November 20.