ATHENS, Ohio - Junior guard Nick Kellogg scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Ohio University men's basketball team to a convincing 82-42 win over Mercyhurst University Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) connected on 7-of-9 attempts from the field and was 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Kellogg scored 14 points in the first half alone. Senior forward Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio) came off the bench and scored 13 points.
Senior Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) also posted a strong afternoon as he scored 10 points, connecting on a pair of 3-pointers.
Defensively for the `Cats, Ohio forced Mercyhurst into 31 turnovers - 22 of those turnovers came in the first half. Ohio also held MU to just 27 percent shooting for the game.
Ohio and Mercyhurst were tied at 10 apiece five minutes into the game, but the Bobcats would go on a 13-0 run over the next seven minutes to take control of the game.
Offutt hit back-to-back 3-pointers from the corner to put Ohio up by six during the stretch. Keely followed with a 3-point play that put the `Cats up by nine at 19-10. Keely stole the ball from MU's Beau Samuelson and then drove all the way to the hoop, which brought the crowd of over 4,000 fans to its feet.
Mercyhurst would cut the Bobcats' lead to 10 with 7:34 to go in the half, but that was as close as MU would get for the remainder of the game.
Over the final seven minutes of the first half, Ohio outscored the Lakers 17-4 to take a commanding 40-17 lead into the locker room. Keely led the Ohio run as he scored four points, all of which came from the free-throw line.
Ohio came out of the locker room with an 11-0 run to put the game well out of reach. Keely led the `Cats second charge as he scored four points. Midway through the second half, Ohio led Mercyhurst 63-32 as it secured the win.
Ohio opens its 2012-13 regular season schedule on Saturday, Nov. 10 as it welcomes Portland to the Convocation Center. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. The Bobcats will unveil their Sweet 16 banner prior to the game.