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Ohio Falls To Kent State, 75-61, On Senior Day

Wilkins posted 14 points to lead Ohio on Saturday

March 1, 2014

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (19-10, 9-7) dropped a 75-61 contest to visiting Kent State (16-13, 7-9) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day inside the Convocation Center.

Ohio outscored the Golden Flashes, 39-37, in the second half but could not overcome Kent State's 12-point halftime lead (36-24). The Golden Flashes shot 48.9 percent (22-45) for the game and made 9-of-14 (.643) 3-point attempts, including a 6-of-8 mark (.750) from beyond the arc in the first half.

The Bobcats shot just 20.7 percent (6-29) in the first half to fall into the 12-point deficit. Ohio tied a season-high 12 steals in the game and committed just eight turnovers but were out-rebounded by the Golden Flashes, 41-30.

Senior guard Travis Wilkins (Springfield, Mo.) led the Bobcats with 14 points and knocked down 4-of-6 3-point attempts in 32 minutes on the floor. Senior forward Jon Smith added eight points, seven rebounds and three steals, while junior guard Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) distributed three assists and added seven points in 19 minutes.

Junior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) added five points and two rebounds in 17 minutes of work - his most since the Feb. 12 game at Toledo.

Ohio held an early 8-3 lead before the Golden Flashes used a 17-0 run to take a 20-8 lead at the 9:09 mark of the first half. The Green & White cut the lead to six (22-16) on two free throws by Smith, but the Flashes built the lead back to 14 (36-22) with 53 seconds remaining in the half.

The Bobcats moved within 10 on a number of occasions in the second half and cut it to eight (61-53) on a 3-point play from Taylor with 4:46 to play. But the `Cats could not move closer than nine (69-60) for the remainder of the game.

Prior to Saturday's contest, Ohio honored its five seniors for their contributions to the program. Senior guard Ricardo Johnson (Covington, Ky.) started and played Ohio's first possession, before being subbed out. Johnson has not played since Jan. 4 due to a broken leg.

The Bobcats play their remaining two MAC regular season games on the road. The swing begins Tuesday (March 4) with a matchup at Bowling Green (7 p.m.). Coverage on the Ohio IMG Sports Network begins at 6:30 p.m.