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Ohio Blows By Bucknell

Jan. 2, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. - Ohio's Bert Whittington IV scored 20 points, his highest in a Bobcat uniform, and the men's basketball team defeated Bucknell 53-47 on Wednesday night at Sojka Pavillion.

Whittington (Temecula, Calif.), a transfer from Ohlone Junior College, connected on 7-of-9 field goal attempts, including 4-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line to lead all scorers. Jerome Tillman (Beavercreek, Ohio) tallied 11 points and Leon Williams (Baltimore, Md.) notched 10 points to put three Bobcats in double-digits scoring. Tillman also pulled down 11 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double.

Ohio improved to 9-4 overall with the win in the teams' first ever meeting. Bucknell fell to 5-8.

Whittington's hot shooting night came in contrast to both teams' struggles from the field in the first half of the Bobcats' final non-conference road game. Ohio shot 25 percent in the first period on 6-of-24 shooting while the Bison hit a miserable 2-of-17 field goal attempts (11.8 percent). With both teams struggling to make shots the game was knotted up at 16 going into halftime.

But the Bobcats and Bison came out firing in the second half, with the lead exchaning hands four times before Ohio could put together a run. A Tillman lay-up with 6:17 left in the game gave the Bobcats a 41-40 lead and started a five point run capped by a Whittington steal and fast break lay-up with 5:17 remaining.

Bucknell was able to battle back, cutting the Ohio lead to just one point at the 2:32 mark but Whittington answered with a 3-pointer that pushed the Bobcat advantage to four points at 49-45 with 1:39 left to play. The lead forced Bucknell to foul and Tillman and Whittington combined to sink 4-of-5 attempts from the charity stripe to ice Ohio's seventh win in the last nine games.

Bucknell's Justin Castleberry was the only Bison to break double-digits in scoring, totaling 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the floor.

Ohio held a small 32-29 advantage on the glass and combined to force 15 turnovers (12 steals, three rebounds).

The Bobcats will travel to Bowling Green on Jan. 5 to open up MAC play against the Falcons. Ohio's next game at the Convocation Center will be on Jan. 12 against Miami.