March 16, 2012
Final Stats |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Junior guard D.J. Cooper scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Ohio University men's basketball (28-7) team to a thrilling 65-60 victory over Michigan Friday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Ohio's win over Michigan marked the second time in the last three years in has advanced to the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.
Cooper was one of four Bobcats, which finished in double figures. Joining Cooper in double figures was junior Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Ivo Baltic (Kansas City, Mo.) and junior Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio), who finished with 11, 10 and 10 points, respectively.
Ohio outshot Michigan 51.2-40.7 percent from the field as it held Michigan to six points under its season average of 66.5 points per game.
The Bobcats never trailed in the second half of the game and held Michigan without a field goal in the final four minutes of the game to secure the victory.
Ohio trailed for less than two minutes and led by as many as 13 points in the first half. The Bobcats also held Michigan without a field goal for nearly four minutes. Kellogg hit a pair of 3-pointers during the stretch to build Ohio's lead to 35-22 with 2:42 to go in the half.
Michigan closed Ohio's lead to six as it scored seven straight points to close out the half. The Bobcats shot 52.2 percent in the first half and held Michigan to just 42.9 percent from the field, including a 27.3 mark from beyond the arc.
In the second half, Michigan came out firing as it cut Ohio's lead to just two points at 42-40
Ohio will meet USF on Sunday.