ATHENS, Ohio - For the second consecutive game, the Ohio University men's basketball team (15-5, 5-2) put together a lengthy second half comeback to triumph over Central Michigan (7-12, 0-7), 71-67, on Wednesday night in the Convo.
After racing past Eastern Michigan on Saturday in the game's final minutes, Ohio again powered past its opponent to earn its second-straight victory.
Ohio faced an 18-point (48-30) deficit with 14:51 to play before sparking a 21-3 run to knot the game up at 51-51 with eight minutes remaining. The Bobcats took their first lead of the second half at the 3:25 mark when junior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) connected on a free throw to give Ohio a 65-64 advantage.
The Green and White finished the game with an 11-3 run to complete the come-from-behind victory and out-scored the Chippewas by 22 (41-19) over the game's final 15 minutes.
The Bobcats shot 45.3 percent (15-30) for the game and made 15-of-30 (.500) attempts in the second half. The Green & White held a +7 (39-32) edge on the glass and grabbed 11 offensive rebounds in the game.
Junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) sparked the comeback surge with 15 second-half points. Ndour finished with 21 points and posted 11 rebounds to post his third double-double of the season.
Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) went a perfect 8-8 from the free-throw line to finish with 15 points and tied a career-best with six assists.
Senior forward Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) tallied 10 points and two steals. Smith also added in nine rebounds and three blocks to mark his seventh game this season with seven or more rebounds and three or more blocks. Senior forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) scored nine points in the victory, including a pair of important lay-ins down the stretch. Taylor added eight points and tied a career best with four steals.
With the victory, Ohio improved to 4-0 against MAC West opponents this season. The Bobcats have now won 10-straight games against West Division teams.
Ohio looks to continue its cross-division success on Saturday (Feb. 1) inside the Convocation Center when it plays host to Toledo. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.