ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (22-10, 11-7) prevailed 76-64 over Ball State (5-25, 2-16) at the Convocation Center on Monday (March 10) to advance to the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) led the charge going 7-of-8 from the line en route to a game-high 17 points and two steals in the first round game. Kellogg also recorded five assists and knocked down two 3-pointers. He now has 279 career 3-pointers and is the all-time leader in MAC history in the category.
Junior Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) tallied 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting including 3-of-6 from 3-point territory to compliment his five assists. Willis has now reached the 15-point mark in his last three games.
Senior Travis Wilkins (Springfield, Mo.) turned out an impressive night from the field going 5-of-6 for 14 points. Freshman Antonio Campbell (Cincinnati, Ohio) compiled his third consecutive double-digit performance scoring 12 points while connecting on 4-of-5 3-point field goals.
After jointing together an early 5-2 lead, the Bobcats railed off a 20-0 run, to increase their advantage to 21 (25-4) at the 12:00 mark of the first half. During the run, the Green and White shot 8-of-8 from the field, including two triples by Wilkins. Ohio never let its double-digit lead shrink below 12 and entered the half ahead by that margin (38-26) at the break.
Ohio proved relentless in the second half, never allowing their lead to slip below double-digits.
The Bobcats edged the Cardinals in shooting percentage (.520-.436), bench points (16-8), and assists (18-12) in the half. Ohio never trailed in the victory.
With the win, Ohio has now won at least 22 games for three-straight seasons. The 22-win mark is tied for the 6th best win total in program history.
Ohio now treks to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday (March 12) for the second round of the MAC Tournament where the 'Cats will face-off against No. 8 Miami (13-17, 9-10) in 2014's third edition of "The Battle of the Bricks". Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m.