Feb. 2, 2013
AKRON, Ohio- The Ohio University Men's Basketball team (15-6; 6-1) had its season-best seven-game winning streak snapped Saturday night as it fell 86-72 to the University of Akron (17-4; 8-0) at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Junior Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) was one of four Bobcats that finished in double figures as he posted a team-best 15 points. Senior D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) added 14 points, while junior T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) and senior Reggie Keely(University Heights, Ohio) finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Cooper also dished out a team-high six assists and in the process passed Clemson`s Grayson Marshall for 19th on the NCAA's all-time assist list. He now has 861 assists for his career.
As a team, Ohio shot just 40.7 percent from the field, which marked the first time in four games in which the Bobcats had shot less the 50 percent from field. The Bobcats did however take great care of the basketball as they limited themselves to just nine turnovers, which marked just the fourth time this season Ohio has had 10 turnovers or less.
Ohio jumped out to an early 11-point lead with just under 12 minutes to go thanks to some hot shooting. The Bobcats connected at an 80 percent clip as they went 8-of-10 from the field. Kellogg led the `Cats in the early going as he scored five points.
The Bobcats led by as many as 13 points in the first half, leading 23-10 with 10:03 to go in the first half. Akron charged back and cut Ohio's lead to one with 2:38 to go until the break thanks to a 21-9 run.
The Zips took their first lead of the game (36-33) since the 15:39 mark of the first half thanks to a 3-pointer by Alex Abreu. Abreu's 3-pointer was one of three treys he hit on the night. He would go on to finish the contest with a game-high 21 points to lead the Zips.
Akron would go on to take a 41-36 lead into the locker room. The Cats shot 52.2 percent in the first half. Keely and Kellogg both poured in seven points apiece. The Zips also outshot the `Cats in the opening 20 minutes as they connected a 62.2 clip.
Akron held the lead for the entire second half as it outscored the Bobcats 45-36 in the final 20 minutes. The Zips outshot Ohio 50.0-32.3 percent.
Ohio remained within striking distance for most of the second half, but with less than eight minutes to go in the game, Akron began to pull away as it extended its lead to double digits. At the 5:42 mark, the Zips held a 14-point lead.
The Bobcats made one last surge down the stretch as they cut the Zips lead to eight (76-68) with 2:21 to go thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Hall. The Zips closed the game out strong as they outscored Ohio to 10-4 to secure the win.
Ohio returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to Ball State (7 p.m.). The Bobcats' trip to Muncie, Ind. will mark Ohio's fourth-consecutive MAC road game for the first time in program history. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action on the Ohio IMG Sports Network Powered by Horizon.