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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Antonio Chatman scored nine points off the bench Sunday.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM
Antonio Chatman scored nine points off the bench Sunday.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

Jan. 29, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - For just the second time in the last 24 outings, Ohio was defeated at home Sunday, as the visiting Miami RedHawks handed the Bobcats a 73-59 loss in front of more than 7,000 fans in The Convo.

The Bobcats (12-5 overall, 6-3 Mid-American Conference) had won 11-straight and 22 of the last 23 in The Convo. Miami (10-8, 7-3 MAC) banked on 21 points from Nathan Peavy to snap the home winning streak and pick up the MAC East Division victory in the 173rd meeting of the two teams.

Peavy led four RedHawks in double figures. Miami contained Ohio inside, outrebounding the Bobcats 35-26 and scoring eight more points in the paint. Miami center Nate Vandersluis battled foul trouble and went scoreless on the day, but Peavy and company picked up the slack.

Whitney Davis (Ann Arbor, Mich.) came off the bench to lead the Cats offensively with 13 points. Mychal Green (Columbus, Ohio) knocked down a pair of triples and six free throws for 12 points, while Leon Williams (Baltimore, Md.) kicked in 11 points and three blocks.

Antonio Chatman (Charleston, Mass.) provided a spark off the bench for Ohio, scoring nine points with three assists in 20 minutes.

Miami jumped out to an early lead, scoring nine of the game's first 12 points. Ohio found its groove, though, tying the game at nine with 13:33 left in the first half. Green knocked down back-to-back three-pointers as the clock dipped below the six-minute mark, allowing Ohio to take its first lead of the afternoon at 23-22.

The lead didn't last long, though, and Miami took its largest lead of the half, eight points, with 1:04 left. Davis drilled a three as time expired on the half, trimming the Miami lead to five at intermission, 33-28.

Peavy led all scorers with 12 at the break, and Green paced the Bobcats with nine. Ohio lived by the three in the first half, connecting on 50 percent (5-10) and scoring half of its field goals from behind the arc.

Miami connected on 37.9 percent (11-29) of its tries from the field in the first half and 57.1 percent (4-7) from three-point range. The RedHawks held a 20-12 rebounding advantage.

Out of the break, Miami's lead continued to swell and was in double digits for much of the half. Ohio went ice cold on the offensive end, missing on 13 of its first 15 field goal attempts. By the 12:49 mark, a 9-0 RedHawk run upped the lead to 15 at 48-33.

Miami led by as many as 17 on three occasions in the second half, but the Bobcats did carve into the lead. Ohio's defense held Miami without a field goal in the final 3:56 of the game and cut the deficit to nine twice in the closing two minutes, but the comeback effort was not enough.

Ohio's bench outscored that of Miami 26-23. The Bobcats hit 38.3 percent (18-47) from the field and 38.9 percent (7-18) from beyond the arc. Miami countered with a 46.0 mark (23-50) from the field and 46.2 percent (6-13) from the arc.

The Cats stay in The Convo this week for a MAC East match-up with Kent State. Ohio will play host to the Golden Flashes on Wednesday. Tip-time is slated for 7 p.m.