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Bobcats Run Through Buffalo, 85-72

Feb. 22, 2006

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ATHENS - Ohio avenged a January loss at Buffalo in a big way Wednesday night, using 21 Mychal Green points to run past the Bulls,85-72, in Mid-American Conference play in The Convo.

Green (Columbus, Ohio) hit five three-pointers on his way to 21 points to lead four Bobcats in double figures. Antonio Chatman (Dorchester, Mass.) scored 12 with five assists, Sonny Troutman (Indianapolis, Ind.) kicked in 11 with five assists and Leon Williams (Baltimore, Md.) notched 10 points with seven boards before fouling out in the second half.

Ohio (16-8, 9-6 MAC) jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the early going and never let the advantage slip away, taking a 14-point lead into the break and holding on in the second frame for the MAC East victory.

The Cats shot 56 percent from the floor on the night, helped by Green's 8-of-11 effort from the field. Ohio outrebounded Buffalo 40-29, and outscored the Bulls in the paint by a count of 38-30.

Buffalo (16-11, 6-9 MAC) was paced by 20 points from Calvin Cage and 15 points and nine boards off the bench from Mario Jordan. Aside from Cage's 20, Ohio held Buffalo's other four starters to just 17 combined points. The Bulls did force 21 Ohio turnovers, turning it into 28 points.

The Bobcats came out firing from the opening tap, taking the game's momentum and carrying it throughout the first half. Ohio took its first double-digit lead less than six minutes into the game, a 16-6 edge.

An 11-2 run that spanned less than two minutes put the Bobcats up 23-9, and after a Jeff Halbert (White Bear Lake, Minn.) bucket at the 10-minute mark, Ohio led 30-12.

Ohio went to intermission with a 43-29 lead. Green led all scorers with 16, while Jordan had 10 for the Bulls.

For the half, Ohio shot 51.5 percent (17-33) from the field and 40 percent (6-15) from the arc. The Cats outrebounded Buffalo 20-14 in the half and forced nine Bull turnovers.

Buffalo hit 39.3 percent (11-28) of its tries from the field and 25 percent (2-8) from the arc in the half.

To open the second half, Cage drilled a three to cut Ohio's lead to 11 with 18:14 left in the game. From there, though, the Bobcats ripped the game open for good. Ohio scored the next 13 points of the contest, until it led 56-32 with 15:16 left on the clock.

Buffalo cut the lead below 20 on several occasions--including an 11-4 run as the clock dipped below six minutes--but the Bulls never got any closer than 12 over the final 15 minutes.

Ohio was efficient on the offensive end in the second half, hitting 11-of-17 attempts from the field (64.7 percent) and 2-of-5 (40 percent) from behind the arc. Buffalo took nearly twice as many shots as Ohio in the second half, hitting 15-of-32 tries from the floor.

With the victory, Ohio improves its chances of earning a first-round home game in the upcoming MAC Tournament. First round games are scheduled for March 6, with the tournament advancing to Cleveland March 9-11.

Before that, though, Ohio will now hit the road for two-straight. Next up is a stop at Akron on Saturday. Tip-time is set for 4 p.m. from James A. Rhodes Arena. The action can be seen live on ESPN2.