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Ohio Earns 72-63 Win Over Bowling Green

Keely posted his first double-double of the season Saturday (15 pts, 10 reb).

Feb. 9, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men’s basketball team (17-6, 8-1 MAC) earned its sixth-straight home victory with a 72-63 win over Bowling Green (9-14, 4-6 MAC) before 10,846 fans at the Convocation Center.

With the score tied at 37, Ohio put together an 11-0 run that gave the Bobcats a 48-37 lead they would not relinquish. The Falcons never moved closer than six (50-44) for the remainder of the contest.

“When you’re in mid-February, you have to find a lot of ways to win the game, because each game is going to be different,” Ohio head coach Jim Christian said. “We were able to do that today.”

With the win, Ohio improves to 8-1 in the MAC for the first time since 1984-85. The victory also gave the Ohio senior class 87 career wins, which ties the school record set by the 1982-86 class.

Senior forward Reggie Keely led the Bobcats with his first double-double of the season. The University Heights, Ohio, product recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds while making 6-of-9 field goal attempts.

Junior forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) added 12 points and a season-best four steals in his second-straight start, while senior guard Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) chipped in 12 points.

“I’m feeling more comfortable over the past few games and I feel good about the way I played today,” Hall said.

Senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) added 10 points and a game-high eight assists in his record-breaking 128th career start for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats shot 44.6 percent (25-56) from the field and held the Falcons to 41.4 percent (24-58) shooting for the game. Ohio held a 12-2 edge in fast break points and is now 16-1 this season when it wins the fast break battle.

Ohio jumped out to a 10-4 advantage and held a 14-10 lead after a jumper by senior forward Ivo Baltic (Kansas City, Mo.). With Ohio leading 17-16, the ‘Cats scored six-straight points, highlighted by a Travis Wilkins 3-pointer, and led 25-19 at the 7:58 mark of the half.

The Falcons moved back within one (27-26) on a dunk by Richaun Holmes, but Ohio jumped in front by six (32-26) after a Baltic jumper and a deep 3-pointer from Cooper. Bowling Green responded with eight of the final 11 points of the half and trailed the ‘Cats by one (35-34) at the break.

Ohio shot 46.2 percent (12-26) in the half and held the Falcons to a 43.8 percent (14-32) mark. Bowling Green held a 20-15 edge on the boards and a 20-10 advantage in points in the paint. Cooper led Ohio with seven points and four assists in the stanza.

With the score tied at 37 early in the second half, Ohio erupted for an 11-0 run that gave the ‘Cats a 48-37 edge with 15 minutes to go in the game. A 3-pointer from Jordon Crawford moved Bowling Green back within six (50-44), but nice finishes from Baltic and Offutt built the Ohio lead back to 10 (54-44).

A 3-pointer from the corner from Hall kept the Bobcats ahead by 10 (59-49) with 8:24 to play, and two straight baskets from Keely gave Ohio a 68-55 advantage with 2:59 to go. Bowling Green could not move closer than nine for the remainder of the contest.

A’uston Calhoun led the Falcons with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Crawford added 17 points.

Ohio has now won 35 of its last 37 games at the Convocation Center.

Ohio hits the road for the fifth time in six games Wednesday (Feb. 13) as the Cats take on Central Michigan at 7 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon, with pre-game coverage beginning 30 minutes prior to tip.