Feb. 24, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Ohio University men’s basketball team (20-7, 11-1 MAC) dropped an 81-62 contest to the Belmont University Bruins (22-6, 12-2 OVC) Saturday evening in a Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters game at the Curb Events Center.
Senior forward Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio) led the Bobcats with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Junior forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) added 10 points and five boards, while sophomore guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) chipped in six points and two assists in 11 minutes off the bench.
The Ohio reserves played well during the game, as the unit outscored the Belmont bench, 20-9.
Senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) posted six points and three assists and now has 897 assists for his career.
Ohio struggled from the field during the contest, hitting 39.7 percent (23-58) of its shot attempts. The Bobcats were 6-of-25 (.240) from 3-point territory. Ohio, which ranks 10th in the country in assist to turnover ratio, only distributed 11 assists while committing 15 turnovers.
The Bruins connected on 51.9 percent (27-52) of their shot attempts and registered 15 assists. Belmont hit 19 of its 30 two-point field goal attempts (.633) and held a 36-26 advantage in points in the paint.
Ohio is now 0-5 this season when its opponent scores 80 or more points.
Both teams started slow offensively with eight total turnovers and a combined 8-of-20 shooting mark in the game’s first nine minutes. Belmont led 13-8 at that point and built its advantage to 11 (21-10) on a basket by Trevor Noack with 8:53 to go in the first half.
A 3-pointer from Taylor moved the Bobcats back within nine (24-15), but the Bruins went back up 13 (30-17) on a trey from Noack. The ‘Cats cut it to 10 (34-24) on a lay-in by Hall at the 1:33 mark, but Belmont posted the last seven points of the stanza and led 41-24 at the break.
The Bobcats connecting on 36.0 percent (9-25) of its attempts in the half, including a 3-of-13 mark (.231) from beyond the arc. Hall led the team with seven first-half points and three rebounds.
The Bobcats pulled within 10 (46-36) at the 14:33 mark of the second half and trailed by 12 (51-39) with 12:26 to go after a 3-pointer from junior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio). From there, Belmont scored the next six points to move ahead 18 (57-39) and the Bobcats could not move any closer than 16 points for the remainder of the game.
Senior Ian Clark led Belmont with 18 points and six rebounds while Noack added 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
Ohio is now 6-4 all-time in Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters games (2-4 on the road).
The Bobcats return to the Convo Wednesday (Feb. 27) for a critical 7 p.m. contest against MAC-leading Akron. The game will be broadcast locally on SportsTime Ohio and across the nation on ESPN3. Michael Reghi will handle play-by-play duties while Dave Cecutti will provide color commentary. In addition, "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.
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