Jan. 22, 2014
Box Score |
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men’s basketball team (13-5, 3-2 MAC) fell to Bowling Green (9-9, 3-2 MAC), by the score of 58-56 Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.
Senior guard/forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) led the Green and White with 15 points and connected on 5-of-9 field goal attempts. Junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) chipped in eight rebounds to go along with 12 points, including two blocks and two 3-point field goals. Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) added 10 points and connected on 3-of-6 field goals in the contest.
Ohio held advantages in field goal percentage (.422-.393), rebounding (33-31) and assists (13-8), but were victimized by 18 turnovers that led to 25 Falcon points. Bowling Green also held a 32-18 edge in points in the paint and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds in the game.
Senior forward Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) continued to be a defensive force, posting three blocks, two steals, and seven boards in 25 minutes for Ohio.
The Bobcats connected on five of their first eight shots en route to opening the game on a 15-4 surge. Bowling Green answered with a 14-1 spurt to go ahead 18-16 with 8:32 remaining in the first half. Ohio swapped leads with Bowling Green several times before sparking a 5-0 run to end the half with a 33-30 edge on the Falcons.
The Bobcats continued to battle lead changes with the Falcons in the second half. Neither team could extend their lead to greater than five points for the remainder of the game. Hall stuck a trey with 58.3 seconds left to cut Bowling Green’s lead to two at 58-56. A missed Falcon free-throw gave the ‘Cats a last second shot, but senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) could not connect on the three-point attempt.
The Bobcats return to action when they face off with Eastern Michigan University (11-7, 3-2 MAC) in Ypsilanti on Saturday (Jan. 25). The 11 a.m. contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU.