ATHENS, Ohio - Fueled by a pair of career-best scoring performances by juniors Maurice Ndour and Stevie Taylor, the Ohio University men's basketball team (16-5, 6-2) defeated Toledo (18-3, 6-2) 95-90 in overtime in front of more than 9,000 fans inside the Convocation Center.
Ndour finished the game with 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting and Taylor finished with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Ndour also tallied three blocks and pulled down 12 rebounds to pick up his fourth double-double on the year.
Ohio trailed by 11 (69-58) with nine minutes to play but used a 14-2 run to build a five-point lead (81-76) with 1:47 to go. Toledo closed the half on a 5-0 run to force overtime, before the 'Cats out-scored the Rockets 12-7 in the extra session.
Senior Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) chipped in with 18 points and connected on a season-high five 3-pointers. Kellogg also dished out a game and career-high nine assists in 42 minutes on the floor.
As a team, Ohio shot a season-high 53.7 percent (36-67) from the field, including an impressive 5-of-7 (.714) mark in overtime. The 'Cats also tied a season high with 11 3-point field goals and shot 44 percent from beyond the arc.
The 'Cats tied Toledo on the glass (39-39) and dished out an impressive 22 assists while swatting seven shots.
Defensively, the 'Cats held Toledo under their season average in field goal percentage (.461) and made six steals in the game.
Ohio scored 10 of the game’s first 15 points and led 19-18 at the 11:35 mark of the first half after 10 early points from Ndour. Toledo responded with an 11-2 run to take a 29-21 lead, before Ohio exploded for a 22-run that gave the Bobcats a 43-34 lead with 3:11 remaining in the half.
Ohio took a 45-40 lead into intermission after shooting 57.6 percent (19-33) in the stanza.
The Bobcats scored the first four points of the second half to go up nine (49-40), before Toledo responded with a 12-0 run to go up by three at 52-49.
A 3-pointer from Travis Wilkins moved Ohio back ahead by two (56-54), but Toledo opened up its largest lead to that point at nine (69-58) after putting together an 11-0 run. At that point, Ohio cut it to two (69-67), then went on the big 14-2 run to build its late second half lead.
With the win, the Bobcats improve to 5-0 when they shoot 50 percent or better on the year and 10-2 in games decided by nine points or less. It marked Toledo's first loss in a game decided by five points or less this season (7-1).
Ohio is now 2-1 in overtime games in 2013-14.
Ohio continues cross-over play when the ‘Cats travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., on Wednesday (Feb. 5) for the first of two meetings with Western Michigan. Tip time from University Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.