ATHENS, Ohio - Sophomore Nick Kellogg scored a season-high 17 points to lead the Ohio University men's basketball team (23-6; 10-4 MAC) past Akron 85-61 Sunday night at the Convocation Center. In the process, the Bobcats went undefeated in home MAC games for the first time since 1985.
The Bobcats' win over the Zips handed Ohio its 16th win at home - a school record - and its fourth straight overall. Ohio has won also won eight of its last 10 games. Ohio's 85 points and 56.6 percent shooting from the field were the highest marks Akron has given up all season.
Ohio's last two victories at home over Akron have come by a combined 49 points (25 - 2011; 24 - 2012). The Bobcats never trailed in tonight's contest.
The 46 points first-half points matched the previous high this season against a D1 team (46 vs. Oakland, 56 vs. D2 Marietta). Ohio shot 57 percent for the game, its best percentage in league play this season (prev. best 47% vs. Miami)
Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) was one of four players that finished in double figures. Junior Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio), junior Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) finished with 14, 14 and 11 points, respectively. Ohio improved to 11-1 when four players finish in double figures.
Cooper also added 10 assists to pick up his fourth double-double this season and 17th of his career. It was his first double-double in league play and his second in last four games vs. Akron. In seven career games against AU, the junior has averaged 18.4 points, 7.7 assists, and 5.4 rebounds.
Ohio opened up the game with 19-8 lead at the 10:49 mark of the first half. The Bobcats outshot the Zips 50.0-27.3 percent from the field during that stretch. Keely and Offutt both had six points during the run.
Freshman Stevie Taylor's (Gahanna, Ohio) 3-pointer in front of the Akron bench pushed Ohio's lead over 15 points for the first time on the night. Taylor's 3-pointer gave Ohio a 36-20 lead with 5:31 to go until the break. Over the final five minutes of the first half Ohio went on to outscore Akron 10-7 to take a 46-27 lead into the locker room.
Kellogg led all first half scorers with 10 points, connecting on 3-of-5 shots from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Cooper also chipped in offensively with six assists over the first 20 minutes.
As a team, Ohio owned a 48.4-37.0 shooting advantage. The Cats also forced the Zips into 12 turnovers, while limiting themselves to just four miscues.
In the second half, Ohio continued to stay in the clear of Akron as its lead never dipped below 17 points. Over the final 13:30, Ohio's lead never fell under 20 points.
Ohio returns to action on Wednesday as it heads to Kent State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on STO.