Feb. 12, 2014
TOLEDO, Ohio - Senior guard Nick Kellogg scored a team-best 21 points, but it was not enough as the Ohio University men's basketball team dropped a hard fought 82-76 decision to the University of Toledo Wednesday night inside Savage Arena.
Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) finished the night connecting on 6-of-16 shots from the field while posting his fourth 20+ point effort of the season. He also went 4-of-11 from 3-point range and in the process surpassed former Bobcat Tommy Freeman for second all-time from beyond the arc at Ohio. Kellogg currently has 260 career 3-pointers.
Fellow seniors Travis Wilkins (Springfield, Mo.) and Jon Smith(Grove City, Ohio) also finished in double figures as they posted 17 and 10 points, respectively. Smith also chipped in with 11 rebounds to post the first double-double of his Ohio career.
Wilkins connected on 5-of-7 (.714) 3-point attempts on the night to continue his scorching hot streak from beyond the arc. The senior sharpshooter has hit 11 of his past 15 3-pointers (.733) and is shooting 48.1 percent (25-52) from 3-point land in conference play.
Ohio's setback at Toledo marked just its second loss to the Rockets in its last nine meetings.
As a team, Ohio finished the contest by going 27-of-59 from the field (45.8 percent), while Toledo connected on 48.3 percent (29-of-60). The Bobcats also were outrebounded 39-31, but connected on 11 3-pointers for the fourth-consecutive game (11-28, .393).
Toledo's Rian Pearson led the Rockets with a game-high 29 points.
Toledo opened up an 18-10 lead with just under 10:30 minutes to go in the first half, but the Bobcats responded with a 10-3 run to cut the Rockets' edge to one at 21-20 with under nine minutes to go until the break.
The Rockets responded with a run of their own as they went on a 10-2 push to open up a 31-22 advantage with 4:41 to play until halftime.
Over the final four minutes of the first half, Ohio outscored Toledo 8-5, but trailed at the half 36-30. The Bobcats were outshot 48-43 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Juniors Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) and Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) led Ohio's first half scoring effort as both individuals poured in six points apiece.
Ohio came out of the locker room with some hot shooting as it connected on 5-of-7 shots from beyond the arc, which propelled the Bobcats to their first lead of the game, leading 52-50 with 13:44 remaining in the contest. The Bobcats then opened up a 57-51 advantage thanks to a thunderous put back jam by Smith.
Toledo then charged back with a 12-3 push to open up a 63-60 lead with 7:25 to play. Ohio closed within three points several times within the final six minutes, but could not reclaim the lead.
Ohio returns to action on Saturday as it heads to Buffalo to faceoff against the Bulls. Tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m.