ATHENS, Ohio- The Ohio University men's basketball team used a strong first half run and maintained their lead throughout the second half to earn a 73-50 win over Wofford Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
With the win, Ohio improved to 3-0 on the year and has now won 12 straight home games dating back to January of last season.
The Bobcats were paced by senior Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio) who scored a game-high 16 points off the bench. Senior D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) and junior Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) scored 15 and 10 points, respectively. Ohio lost the rebounding battle 31-28, but redshirt junior Jon Smith(Columbus, Ohio) had a game-high six rebounds.
Ohio shot 57 percent from the floor and held Wofford to just 30 percent shooting. Ohio has scored 70-or-more points in each of its three games this season and has defeated its opponents by an average of 30 points through three games.
After exchanging baskets for most of the first 10 minutes of play, Ohio took the lead with an 18-3 run from the 11:40 mark to the 5:48 mark of the first half. The run resulted in a 26-11 Bobcat lead. Kellogg hit two 3-pointers and had eight total points during the surge. The Bobcats finished the half with an 18-point lead at 34-16.
Kellogg scored 10 points in the first half and made 4-of-7 shots from the field. Ohio limited Wofford to just three first half field goals and forced 11 turnovers. The Bobcats scored 16 points in the paint, while holding Wofford to just four. Ohio also held an 11-0 edge in fast break points.
Ohio pushed their lead to as many as 25 points in the second half. Cooper and Keely each scored eight points in the final 20 minutes as the `Cats held a 39-34 scoring advantage in the second half.
Wofford was led by Karl Cochran who scored 14 points. C.J. Neumann and Lee Skinner each had five rebounds for the Terriers. Wofford fell to 1-3 on the season with the loss.
The Bobcats continue their month-long home stand with a Tuesday night matchup against the Pirates from Hampton University. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
Tuesday night's matchup can be seen through a live stream and can be heard for free on OhioBobcats.com. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the People's Bank Ohio IMG Sports Network.