ATHENS, Ohio - Senior guard D.J. Cooper dished out a school record 17 assists and was one of five Ohio University men's basketball players that finished in double figures as the Bobcats posted a convincing 94-57 victory over Marshall University Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Cooper's 17 helpers also tied the single game MAC record for assists.
As a team, Ohio's 94 points were a season high and its 29 assists tied a single-game school record. Ohio has scored 70-or-more points in 11 of its last 13 home games dating back to last season. The Bobcats shot 65.3 percent from the field, which set a single game Convocation Center record for Ohio, and forced the Herd into 26 turnovers, which translated into 51 points for the Green and White.
Junior Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) lead the Bobcats with a season-high 22 points as he connected on a season-best five 3-pointers. Senior forward Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio) also recorded a season-high 18 points as he went 8-of-9 from the field.
Teammates Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.), Ivo Baltic (Kansas City, Mo.) and Cooper also chipped in with 13, 12 and 12 points, respectively.
In the 100th all-time meeting between the two schools, the Bobcats came out firing in the opening minutes of the first half as they opened up a 20-6 lead at the 13:11 mark. Baltic led the way for the Bobcats as he totaled eight points, registering a pair of dunks, one layup and a jumper.
Ohio would go on to turn up the intensity over the next five minutes as it went on an incredible 19-4 run to open up a 39-14 lead at the 7:50 mark of the second half. At one point during the run, Ohio scored eight consecutive points on either a layup or a dunk.
The `Cats would go on to push their lead to 31 points thanks to a layup by Keely, which made the count 52-21 with 2:10 to go until the break. Ohio would go into the locker room, leading 56-24. The `Cats 32-point lead at the break was their largest halftime lead of the season.
Ohio's 52 first half points were the most it had scored in a half all season, while its 74.1 first half shooting percentage was the highest it had connected on in a half all year.
Kellogg scored a game-high 19 first half points as he went 5-of-8 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. His four treys tied a season-high. Baltic also scored in double figures as he chipped in with 10 points. Cooper played a big role in the Bobcats' offensive onslaught as he dished out 13 assists and nearly tied the program mark for assists in the first half.
The Bobcats also held a significant 39-4 advantage in points off turnovers in the half and forced the Herd into 19 first half turnovers.
In the second half, Marshall came out firing, as it put together a 7-0 run to open the second half, cutting the Bobcats' lead to 25 with 19:08 to go in the game and forced head coach Jim Christian to burn a timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, Ohio went on a 7-2 run to push its lead back over 30 points. The 25-point deficit was as close as the Herd would get for the remainder of the game.
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday as they open up league play against Buffalo at the Convocation Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be aired regionally on SportsTime Ohio and nationally on ESPN3.com. The game can also be heard live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.