ATHENS, Ohio –The Ohio University men’s basketball team (12-4, 2-1) is back on the winning track after dispatching of Ball State (3-11, 0-3) by the score of 71-51 Wednesday night inside the Convocation Center.
The Bobcats received significant production from the entire roster and had three players score in double figures. Junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) led the offense with 16 points and made 8-of-10 free throws, while senior guard/forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) added 13 points (5-9 FG) and four rebounds.
The Bobcats are now 7-0 when Hall scores in double figures.
Senior guard Travis Wilkins (Springfield, Mo.) continued his strong play in conference action with 10 points, four rebounds and a team-high four assists. The Springfield, Mo., native is averaging 10.7 points per game and shooting 55.6 percent in MAC games.
Ohio limited Ball State to 32.6 percent (15-46) shooting from the floor while forcing a season-high 21 turnovers by the Cardinals. The ‘Cats also held a 28-11 edge in bench scoring and a 30-22 advantage in points in the paint.
The Green & White made 46.3 percent (25-54) of their shots, including a 5-of-10 mark (.500) from 3-point territory in the second half.
The two teams struggled offensively to begin the half and entered the 10-minute mark of the first half tied at 8-8. A 3-pointer from Travis Wilkins helped break the sluggish Bobcat start and gave Ohio a 17-12 lead at the 7:11 mark of the first half.
The Bobcats entered the break ahead by six at 27-21. Ohio limited the Cardinals to just 28.6 percent (6-21) shooting in the half, including a 11.1 percent (1-9) mark from beyond the arc.
Ohio opened the second half on a 7-2 run to go up 11 (34-23) and extended the edge to 15 on a 3-pointer from junior guard Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) at the 10:30 mark of the second half. A 3-pointer from Stevie Taylor gave Ohio a 19-point edge (54-35) and the Cardinals could not move closer than 17 (58-41) for the remainder of the contest.
The Bobcats are now 11-0 when holding their opponent to 70 points or less and 10-0 when they limit their opponent to under 40 percent shooting this season.
Ohio now hits the road to play its second MAC West opponent in as many games. The ‘Cats will battle Northern Illinois in DeKalb on Saturday (Jan. 18) at 8 p.m. (ET). The game will air live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with pre-game coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m.