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Ohio Downed at Memphis, 84-58

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Dec. 5, 2012

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Senior guard D.J. Cooper poured in a team-high 19 points, but it was not enough as the Ohio University men's basketball team (6-2) dropped an 84-58 decision to the University of Memphis Wednesday night at the FedEx Forum.

Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) and junior forward Jon Smith (Columbus, Ohio) were the only players to finish in double figures. Smith also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, while Cooper dished out a team-best four assists.

As a team, Ohio shot a season-low 37.5 percent from the field, connecting on 21-of-56 field goals. The Bobcats struggled from 3-point range as they shot just 24 percent as they hit just 6-of-25 shots from beyond arc. Ohio also tied a season-high for turnovers as they committed 17 on the night. On the glass, Ohio was outrebounded 38-27.

Ohio jumped out to a quick six point lead (8-2) at the 15:08 mark of the first half thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by guards T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) and Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.). The Bobcats held the Tigers in check offensively as they limited Memphis to just one field goal over the first 6:30 of the game.

The Bobcats held a 20-16 lead at the 7:21 mark of the first half, but Memphis responded in a big way as it closed out the first half with a 20-8 run to take a 36-28 lead into the locker room.

In the second half, Ohio cut the Tigers' lead to six (19:45) following a layup by Smith, but that would be as close as the Bobcats would get for the remainder of the game.

Seven minutes later, Memphis had opened up a 19 point-lead (63-44). Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin had eight points during the stretch. Goodwin finished the game with 20 points. The Tigers would go on to secure the win after they held the Bobcats to just 14 points in the final stretch.

Memphis guard Geron Johnson scored a game-high 21 points off the bench as he connected on 8-of-11 shots from the field and went 3-for-5 from 3-point range. He also registered a game-high three steals to lead the Tigers.

Ohio returns to action on Saturday as it welcomes Oakland to the Convocation Center. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. and can be heard on the Ohio IMG Network Presented by Horizon.