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Frontcourt Powers Ohio to Win over Miami

Jan. 12, 2008

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ATHENS, Ohio-Senior forward Leon Williams (Baltimore, Md.) and junior forward Jerome Tillman (Beavercreek, Ohio) combined for 37 points to lead the Ohio men's basketball team to a 72-63 win Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.


The Bobcats improved to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in the Mid-American Conference, while the RedHawks dropped to 6-8 overall and 0-2 in the league.


The duo also combined for 15 of Ohio's 29 rebounds, while Miami registered 31 caroms on the glass, led by seven from Tim Pollitz. Pollitz also led the RedHawks with 13 points, while Kenny Hayes had 12 and Michael Bramos had 11. Bramos registered a team-high four assists to go with Pollitz's four steals.


Ohio guard Bubba Walther (Cincinnati, Ohio) had an impressive floor game when he tied a career-high with seven assists with no turnovers and three steals. As a team, the Bobcats doubled up the RedHawks in steals 10-5.


The RedHawks actually led during the early stages of the game before the Bobcats wrenched away the lead for good four minutes, 27 seconds into the contest on a 3-pointer by Justin Orr (Cincinnati, Ohio).


The lead grew to as many as 16 (54-38) in the second half on a layup by Williams with 10:33 remaining. Miami used a 17-6 run over the next seven minutes, 40 seconds to pull to within six (61-55) on a layup by Tyler Dierkers with 2:53 to go. However, Ohio made seven of nine free throws down the stretch to pull away for the victory.


The game was relatively well played with both teams combining for just 12 turnovers (Miami 12, Ohio 7).


The Bobcats also did a great job getting to the free throw line as they took 23 attempts compared to just seven for the RedHawks.


However, neither team particularly lit it up from the arc as Miami made 22.2 percent (4-18) and Ohio converted 35.3 percent (6-17).


Ohio will be back in action Thursday at Akron (9 p.m.) on ESPNU.