ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University basketball team (4-1) posted a season high point total en route to an 85-57 defeat of visiting Heidelberg (1-2) Saturday afternoon inside the Convocation Center.
After falling behind in the first few minutes of the game, the Bobcats put together a 14-4 run to lead the Student Princes 38-29 at the end of the first half. Ohio then put together a 27-8 surge in the second half to put the game out of reach.
After opening with a 42.9 field goal percentage (15-35) in the first half, Ohio continued to improve in the second half, putting together a 60.7 percent clip (17-28) to ensure the win. The Bobcats held Heidelberg to a 32.7 percent (18-55) shooting effort from the floor, including a 34.5 percent (10-29) mark from behind the arc.
The Bobcats moved the ball well in the contest, distributing a season-high 26 assists on 32 field goals. The strong passing effort helped Ohio put together a 44-12 edge in points in the paint. Ohio also forced 16 Heidelberg turnovers which led to a 19-5 edge in points off turnovers in the game.
Ohio also enjoyed a season best +19 rebounding margin (48-29) in the contest. Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) led Ohio with 18 points (4-6 3pt FG) and six rebounds, while senior forward Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) posted a career high 17 points to pace the `Cats in the 28-point victory.
Senior guard/forward Ricardo Johnson (Covington, Ky.) chipped in 13 points and added a career-best eight rebounds in 27 minutes on the floor, while junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) grabbed a season-best 11 rebounds to go along with four points, four assists and three blocks in the game.
Junior guard Stevie Taylor notched a game-high seven assists to go along with four points, while senior guard/forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) posted a season-high 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting off the bench.
Heidelberg held an early 11-7 edge in the contest and led 24-22 at the 9:02 mark of the first half. From there, Ohio put together a 14-0 run to race ahead of the Student Princes by 12 (36-24) with 3:56 to play in the stanza. Ohio entered the break ahead by nine (38-29).
The Berg closed within three points (45-42) five minutes in the second half, but at that point, Ohio put together that 27-8 spurt, including 12 points from Kellogg, that moved Ohio in front by 23 (70-47). In all, the Bobcats closed the game on a 40-15 run.
Ohio returns to action Tuesday (Nov. 26) with a 7 p.m. contest against Mercer (4-2) inside the Convocation Center. Pre-game coverage on the Ohio IMG Sports Network begins at 6:30 p.m.