ATHENS, Ohio -The Ohio men's basketball team put forth a strong defensive effort Saturday during a 66-44 exhibition win over Ashland University inside the Convocation Center.
The Bobcats held the Eagles to 32.6 percent (15-46) shooting from the floor and forced 18 turnovers while making 12 steals. The Bobcats held a 28-16 edge in points in the paint and netted 10 fast break points to Ashland's two.
Ohio shot 52.9 percent (27-51) from the field and connected on eight 3-pointers in the game. The Bobcats also dished out 19 assists and held a 32-29 edge in rebounding.
Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) scored a game-high 12 points, including two 3-pointers, while senior guard/forward Ricardo Johnson (Covington, Ky.) pitched in 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and added four assists and four rebounds.
Junior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) had a solid all-around game with 10 points, six rebounds and a game-high seven assists, while junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) notched nine points and three rebounds in his Bobcat debut.
Ohio was down 6-5 early in the contest, but the Bobcats would go on a 13-0 run to seize control of the game and take a 10-point lead (19-9) with 11:35 to play in the first half. Ashland found themselves down only six with 4:32 remaining in the first half, but that was as close as the Eagles would get the rest of the game.
Starting with a Ricardo Johnson jump shot with 4:21 remaining in the half, Ohio would end the stanza on a 10-1 run. The Bobcats carried the momentum into the second half, and extended the run to 19-2 to build a 23-point lead (46-23). Taylor led the way for Ohio early in the second half, scoring seven straight points over a two-minute period.
The Bobcats open the 2013-14 regular season next Saturday (Nov. 9) with a contest against MVC foe Northern Iowa inside the Convocation Center. The game will include a celebration of Ohio's 2012-13 regular season MAC title and an on-court performance by the full Marching 110.