DEKALB, Ill. - The Ohio University men's basketball team (13-4, 3-1) put together a historic road victory Saturday night after roaring past Northern Illinois (7-9, 1-3) by the score of 65-46 at the NIU Convocation Center.
With the victory, the Bobcats have now put together 10 wins in their past 11 MAC road games - the best streak in Ohio program history.
The Bobcats trailed 23-24 at the half, but out-scored the Huskies 42-22 in the second stanza and held the home team to just 25 percent (6-24) from the floor in the period.
Ohio limited Northern Illinois to a 29.2 percent (14-48) clip for the game and a 22.2 percent mark (4-18) from beyond the arc. The `Cats are now 12-0 when they hold their opponent to 70 points or less this season.
The Green & White put together one of their best shooting nights of the season, posting season highs in field goal percentage (25-48, .521) and 3-point field goal percentage (10-19, .526). The Bobcats also held a 33-30 edge on the glass over the league's top rebounding team and held a +10 edge (22-12) in points in the paint for the game.
Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) paced the Bobcats offensively with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including a 4-of-5 (.800) mark from beyond the arc. With his third triple of the game, Kellogg passed Dave Jamerson and moved into third place on Ohio's all-time 3-pointers made list.
Junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) added 10 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) came off the bench to post nine points and two assists while knocking down a season-high three 3-point field goals. Willis' point guard counterpart, junior Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio), added seven points and two assists in 29 minutes on the floor.
Freshman forward Antonio Campbell (Covington, Ky.) made the most of his minutes off the bench, with six points and six rebounds in eight minutes of work.
The Huskies jumped out to an early 14-7 lead before Ohio pulled within two (21-19) on a 3-pointer from Javarez Willis with less than five minutes to play in the stanza. The Huskies entered the half ahead by one at 24-23.
Ohio shot 50 percent (10-20) in the first half but committed nine turnovers and was -3 (17-14) on the glass in the stanza.
The Bobcats roared out of the gate on a 10-2 to open a seven-point lead (33-26) just two minutes into the second stanza. A 3-pointer from Willis extended the edge to 13 (50-37) and a lay-in from Smith off a pretty feed from Willis extended the lead to 17 (54-37) with 10 minutes to play. The surge was part of a 19-2 run for Ohio that put the `Cats up 25 (62-37) with 4:56 to go in the game.
The Huskies could not move closer than 18 (62-44) for the remainder of the contest. NIU was held without a field goal for more than 10 minutes midway through in the second half.
Ohio returns home for the first of two contests against Bowling Green this season. The Bobcats and Falcons will tip at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 22). Pre-game coverage on the Ohio IMG Sports Network begins 30 minutes (6:30 p.m.) prior to tip.