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Ohio Rolls Over Samford on BracketBuster Saturday

Feb. 18, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - Sonny Troutman scored 28 points and Leon Williams chipped in a double-double as Ohio rolled to a 64-52 victory over Samford in The Convo on BracketBuster Saturday.

Troutman (Indianapolis, Ind.) hit 9-of-17 tries from the field with a couple threes and an 8-for-8 effort from the free-throw line to tie a career-best with 28 points. Williams (Baltimore, Md.) registered his 15th career double-double Saturday, hitting for 17 points and 11 boards. Mychal Green (Columbus, Ohio) was Ohio's third double-figure scorer, chipping in 14 with an assist and two boards.

The Bulldogs (17-9, 13-5 Ohio Valley Conference) were led by 13 points from Randall Gulina. Joe Ross Merritt kicked in 11 and five boards.

Ohio (15-8, 8-6 Mid-American Conference) turned the basketball over just six times on the night.

Trailing by a bucket in the early going, Ohio ran off eight-straight points in a minute stretch to take a 12-6 lead with 15 minutes left. Troutman hit back-to-back triples to augment the run to 13-2 at 13:19 left in the half.

The Bobcats went ahead 20-10 on an Antonio Chatman (Dorchester, Mass.) three, but the Bulldogs responded with a 7-0 run as the clock dipped below 10 minutes to push the score to 20-17. Samford trailed by a bucket, 22-20, but the Bobcats answered with nine-straight points to push the lead back to 11 with just more than three minutes left. As the clock hit all zeros on the first half, Ohio led 31-24.

At the break, Troutman led all scorers wit 12. Williams had 11 with five boards. The Bobcats shot 41.9 percent (13-31) from the field, 36.4 percent (4-11) from the arc and 50 percent (1-2) from the charity stripe in the half.

Samford was paced by six points and three boards from Jerry Smith. The Bulldogs outrebounded Ohio 17-16 in the half, with all eight Samford players that appeared pulling down at least one board. The Bulldogs hit 47.8 percent (11-23) from the field, but just 16.7 percent (2-12) from beyond the arc.

The Bobcats opened up the game for good right out of the locker room, going on a 15-7 run to open up the half. Ohio led by 15 on a couple occasions in the second half and held a double-digit lead for the lion's share of the frame.

Ohio led by 11, 54-43, with 5:06 left. From there, Troutman converted all six of Ohio's attempts from the stripe to quiet any hopes of Samford threatening the lead.

For the game, Ohio shot 50 percent (25-50) from the floor and 33.3 percent (5-15) from beyond the arc. The Cats equaled Samford on the boards, 27-27, and outscored the Bulldogs 32-30 in the paint.

Samford shot 48.9 percent (23-47) from the field and 25 percent (6-24) from behind the arc. The Bulldogs did not record a made foul shot, going 0-of-3 for the ballgame.

The Bobcats, who extended their home winning streak against non-conference foes to 10 on Saturday, have now won back-to-back ESPN BracketBuster contests.

On deck for the Bobcats is a Wednesday night affair with Buffalo in The Convo. Tip-time is set for 7 p.m.