BOWLING GREEN – In a game that featured two of Putnam County’s top graduates, it was Ottawa-Glandorf product Kadie Hempfling’s Bowling Green squad held off Columbus Grove’s Paige Bellman’s Detroit Mercy team 79-73 Monday night.
Bowling Green improves to 5-4 and Detroit Mercy slips to 2-8.
Hempfling, who scored three points, contributed in a big way on the boards by snaring 11 boards. The former Titan standout, who came into the game leading the Falcons in rebounding averaging 9.0 caroms a game, has recorded double digits in rebounding for the fifth time this season.
Hempfling also dished out eight assists.
Bellman, who struggled offensively and sat much of the second half, was 0-for-4 from the floor and grabbed three rebounds on the night.
Led by the scoring of Andrea Cecil’s game-high 30 points, the Falcons jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first five minutes and owned a 21-12 advantage after one period and a 39-24 lead by halftime.
The Falcons would lead as much as 18, 50-32 midway through the third period but a 15-6 run by the Titans got the Bowling Green lead to single digits, 56-47, with a little more than a minute left in the quarter. The Falcons closed out the final minute with a 5-0 run and took a 61-47 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Titans made one last run at Bowling Green and sliced the lead to 72-70 with a little more than a remaining in the game. However, a steal by Bowling Green and key free throws down the stretch helped preserve the win.
No. 18 Arizona State 65
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Saben Lee scored 14 points to lead five players in double figures and the sharp-shooting Commodores (7-2) beat Arizona State 81-65 on Monday night.
No. 11 Florida State 85,
Southeast Missouri 68
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Trent Forrest scored a career high 23 points and freshman Devin Vassell added 16 points the Seminoles (9-1) overcame a sluggish first half to beat the Redhawks (5-7).