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Ohio Flies Past American, 81-50

Dec. 3, 2005

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ATHENS, Ohio - Sonny Troutman hit four of Ohio's 12 three-pointers, and the Bobcat men's basketball team cruised to an 81-50 victory Saturday over American in non-conference action in the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats (2-0) built a 16-point lead at the break and didn't slow down, outscoring the Eagles (0-5) by 15 more in the second half to notch their second win in as many tries this season.

Troutman (Indianapolis, Ind.) led all scorers with 18 points, while Mychal Green (Columbus, Ohio), Jeff Halbert (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Jeremy Fears (Joliet, Ill.) joined Troutman in the double-digit scoring column. Eleven Ohio players scored Saturday afternoon, and all 13 that appeared grabbed at least one rebound.

The Cats owned the glass Saturday, outrebounding American 42-28, though no Ohio player grabbed more than five rebounds. The Bobcats converted 12 of their 26 three-point attempts (46.2 percent), including four from Troutman and three apiece for Green and Halbert. For the game, Ohio shot 48.3 percent from the floor (28-58) and turned the basketball over just nine times.

For the second time in as many games, Ohio wasted little time gaining an early advantage on the scoreboard. The Bobcats posted 12 of the game's first 14 points. Ohio's effort on the defensive end of the court aided in the early advantage as well, as it forced turnovers on five of the visitor's first nine possessions.

American put a run of its own together, though, thanks to an 11-2 run that cut into the Bobcat lead at 14-13. Three-pointers by Halbert, Fears and Troutman, and a Troutman layup on Ohio's next four possessions quickly stole the momentum back for the home team as it went ahead 25-13 at the 8:40 mark of the first frame.

The three-point shot loomed large in Ohio's favor in the first half as the Bobcats went 9-of-20 from behind the arc while the Eagles hit just two of seven shots from long distance. Green and Halbert had three three-pointers apiece at the break.

Ohio doubled up American on the boards in the first half, 22-11, and scored 10 second-chance points. Green led all scorers with 11 at the break, while American's Andre Ingram paced the Eagle attack with seven.

Troutman scored eight of Ohio's first 10 points out of intermission. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers in a span of 36 second to give Ohio its largest lead of the game at that point, 49-28, just less than three minutes into the half.

A 14-2 Bobcat run from the 13:35 mark to 9:11 in the second half put Ohio on top by 29. The Cats would build their biggest lead of the day--33 points--with just more than seven minutes left in the game.

All 13 of Ohio's active players appeared in Saturday's game, and Antonio Chatman (Charleston, Mass.) scored his first point as a Bobcat with a free throw at the 7:08 mark in the second half.

Fears kicked in six assists in the win, while Troutman recorded two of Ohio's six steals.

The Eagles were led by Brayden Billbe and Ingram, who each put together 10-point scoring efforts. Derrick Mercer notched three steals and tied a team-high with four rebounds Saturday.

Next up for the Cats is a three-game road swing. Ohio opens up the trip with a Tuesday affair at Marist at 7:30 p.m. Games at Rhode Island (Dec. 10) and Cincinnati (Dec. 14) round out the road trip.