Feb. 15, 2006
OXFORD, Ohio -
In the 174th meeting between the Ohio and Miami men's basketball teams, the RedHawks came away with a 65-54 victory at Millett Hall on Wednesday.
For the second consecutive game, Bobcat sophomore Leon Williams (Baltimore, Md.) fouled out after spending only 17 minutes on the court. Last season's Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and MAC Tournament MVP ended the game with five points and two rebounds.
"We were really handcuffed by Leon's foul trouble," said Ohio head coach Tim O'Shea. "He's a guy who can stabilize you by bringing it down and getting some easy baskets but tonight it was just the opposite. He's really been frustrated because he's barely getting to play."
Only two Bobcat players reached double figures as Sonny Troutman (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Johnnie Jackson (Memphis, Tenn.) scored 14 apiece. Senior guard Mychal Green (Columbus, Ohio) recorded six points and three rebounds for Ohio while sophomore point guard Antonio Chatman (Dorchester, Mass.) added five points and a game-high five assists and freshman forward Jerome Tillman (Beavercreek, Ohio) registered four points and a team-best four rebounds.
Miami (14-8, 11-3 MAC) was led by William Hatcher and Nathan Peavy, who scored 21 and 17 points, respectively. The duo accounted for over 58 percent of the team's total output while Peavy also grabbed a game-high seven boards.
It was an ugly first half for Ohio. After a Jackson three-pointer and a free throw by Williams gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game at 11-9, Miami went on a 9-0 run with five of those points coming from Peavy.
Ohio (14-8, 8-6 MAC) answered back with three-pointers by Troutman and Chatman but the RedHawks then reeled off 10 straight points to take a 28-17 lead with just under six minutes remaining in the period. Following a jumper by Green that temporarily reduced the gap back down to single digits, the Bobcats could only muster three Troutman free throws the rest of the half as Miami took a 38-22 advantage into the locker room.
It was the largest halftime deficit and the second-lowest first-half output of the season for Ohio, behind only a 21-point performance at Buffalo on Jan. 26. Peavy led all scorers with 12 at the break while Troutman paced Ohio with seven.
Green produced the first four points of the second half and the Bobcats scored nine of the first 12 to make it 41-31 with 17:36 to play. After both teams traded baskets, however, the RedHawks scored 12 straight points - nine by Hatcher - to take a 55-33 lead at the 12:29 mark.
During the stretch, O'Shea received the first technical foul of his coaching career following the fourth foul called on Williams. The Bobcats would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way as Williams fouled out near the nine-minute mark and Miami played keep-away down the stretch.
Jackson scored nine of his 14 points in the second half for Ohio and Matt Annen came in to record three points and three rebounds, both season-highs for the junior forward from Elk River, Minn.
For the game, the Bobcats shot 41 percent (19-of-46) from the field, 30 percent (7-of-23) from three-point range and 56 percent (9-of-16) from the free-throw line. Miami, meanwhile, managed 50 percent (23-of-46) from the field, 40 percent (8-of-20) from long range and 73 percent (11-of-15) from the charity stripe.
Although Ohio held the advantage in points off the bench (20-8) and fastbreak points (6-2), the RedHawks got the edge in rebounds (31-25) and points off turnovers (17-16).
Next up for the Bobcats is an ESPN BracketBuster game against Samford on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. in the Convocation Center. The game will not be televised but can be seen over high-speed internet at ESPN360, ESPN's multi-dimensional broadband service that provides users with live games, access to highlights, inside analysis from ESPN commentators and extended SportsCenter interviews. ESPN360, which highlights the value of a high-speed connection by combining the best elements of television and the Internet for the computer user, is available on your computer via a high-speed data connection by logging on to www.ESPN360.com.
ESPN360's exclusive coverage of Samford and Ohio will not be available anywhere else but free access will be provided through a portal on ohiobobcats.com, the official website of Ohio Athletics.
Heading into a Thursday night home game against Morehead State on ESPNU, the Samford Bulldogs are 16-8 overall and 12-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference after dropping their last two contests, a 74-68 overtime loss at Austin Peay on Feb. 11 and a heart-wrenching 75-70 home loss to Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday.
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