OXFORD, Ohio – The Ohio University men’s basketball team (21-10, 11-7) wrapped up the regular season with a thrilling 82-76 overtime victory at Miami (12-17, 8-10) in the latter half of the Battle of the Bricks series Saturday inside Millett Hall.
The win gave Ohio a sweep of rival Miami for the second-straight season and marked the Bobcats’ 10th road win of the year. It’s the most road wins by an Ohio team since the 1985-86 squad earned 10 away victories. With the win, Ohio swept the MAC East on the road (5-0) for the first time since divisional play began in 1997-98.
The victory also clinched the No. 5 seed for Ohio in next week’s MAC Tournament. The Bobcats will host either Ball State or Central Michigan at 7 p.m. on Monday in first round action.
Ohio trailed by two (68-66) with six seconds to play in regulation, but a perfectly drawn up play from baseline to baseline led to a lay-in by Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) to send the game into overtime. The Bobcats outscored the RedHawks, 14-8, in the extra session.
Ndour finished with 15 points – his most in three weeks – and grabbed eight rebounds in 17 minutes of action.
Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) added 14 points and made 4-of-6 3-point attempts. In the process, Kellogg passed D.J. Cooper (274) to break Ohio’s all-time 3-pointers made record (277). He’s now tied with Miami’s Landon Hackim for the most 3-pointers made in MAC history.
Junior guard Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) also knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 15 points and a team-high five assists, while freshman forward Antonio Campbell (Cincinnati, Ohio) notched 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks.
Sophomore forward Treg Setty (Maysville, Ky.) chipped in eight points and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.
The Bobcats shot 49.2 percent (30-61) in the game and knocked down 10 3-pointers. Ohio also distributed an impressive 20 assists and held a 38-33 edge on the glass. The Green & White forced 14 Miami turnovers and limited the RedHawks to just 19.0 percent shooting (4-21) from 3-point territory.
Miami scored eight of the game’s first 11 points, before Ohio used a 10-4 run to take a 13-12 lead. The ‘Cats then put together a 12-4 run to extend its edge to 25-18 at the 9:11 mark of the first half. The Bobcats knocked down five of their first eight 3-pointers to gain the early advantage.
From there, Miami pulled within two at 29-27 and tied the game at 30-30 with 1:44 to go in the half. But Ohio posted seven of the last 10 points to take a 37-33 lead into the break. The Bobcats shot 55.6 percent in the stanza and knocked down 60.0 percent of their 3-point attempts.
Miami used a 14-2 run early in the second half to go up by six (49-43), but Ohio moved back within two (60-58) after a 3-point play from Setty. The RedHawks went back up by four, but two baskets from Ndour – including one with just two seconds to play – tied the game at 68-68 and sent it to overtime.
Kellogg stole the ensuing inbounds play and hit a miracle 3-pointer, but the referees ruled he was out of bounds before the shot.
The game then went to overtime, where the Bobcats out-scored Miami 14-6 after the RedHawks opened the extra session with a basket. Ohio is now 3-1 in overtime games this season.
Ohio now opens play in the 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament presented by Barbasol. The Bobcats will enter the event as the No. 5 seed. The Green & White will host a first round game Monday at 7 p.m. inside the Convo.