CLEVELAND, Ohio - Senior forward Reggie Keely scored a game-high 19 points, but it was not enough as the second-seeded Ohio University men's basketball team (24-9) dropped a 65-46 decision to top-seeded Akron (26-6) in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Final.
Keely (University Heights, Ohio) made 7-of-14 field goal attempts, and his 19 points were a career-high in MAC Tournament play. Fellow senior Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) also chipped in offensively with nine points. He also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for the second-straight contest.
Keely and teammate D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) were both named to the MAC All-Tournament team following the game for their efforts in the Bobcats' two games in Cleveland.
As a team, Ohio opened the game by connecting at a 48.1 percent clip from the field in the first half, but struggled in the second half as it hit at just 18.5 percent. For the game, Ohio connected at 33.3 percent, going 18-of-54.
No team led by more than two points in the opening four minutes of the game and with 15:04 remaining in the first half, both teams were tied at eight apiece. All eight of the Bobcats points were scored by Keely as he opened the game a perfect 4-for-4 from the field.
Over the next four minutes, Ohio would go on an 8-0 run to give the Bobcats a 16-8 advantage with just under 12 minutes to play. Ten of Ohio's first 16 points would come from Keely. Akron finished the first half strong as it outscored the Bobcats 10-4, but Ohio still held a three-point lead at the half, leading 29-26.
In the second half, Akron would fight back to even the count at 33 points apiece following a jumper by Akron's Chauncey Gilliam. Zips forward Demetrius Treadwell followed Gilliam's jumper with a layup at the 15:44 mark, which gave Akron its first lead since the 16:44 mark of the first half. Ohio would not lead for the remainder of the game.
Ohio cut Akron's lead to five on two separate occasions in the second half, but it would get no closer as the Bobcats bid for their seventh MAC Tournament title was cut short.
The Zips would increase their lead to double digits at the 6:46 mark (50-39) and never looked back as they would eventually push their lead to 21 points with 1:59 remaining.
Akron had four players finish in double figures with Treadwell and Gilliam leading the way with 13 points apiece. Treadwell would go on to earn MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
With the setback, the Bobcats fall to 6-2 all-time in MAC Tournament Finals. It broke a streak of four-consecutive wins for Ohio in the MAC Tournament.
Ohio now awaits its post-season fate, which will be announced on Sunday evening. Check back to OhioBobcats.com for a full release tomorrow.