Dec. 7, 2011
ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Ohio Men's Basketball earned another impressive non-conference road victory with a victory at Oakland this evening, 84-82. The Bobcats (6-1) snapped the Golden Grizzlies' 11-game home winning streak, one of the longest current marks in the nation.
D.J. Cooper scored 18 points to lead Ohio and also contributed five rebounds and four assists. Freshman Stevie Taylor finished one point shy of his career-best with 13 on the strength of 3-of-4 shooting from distance.
T.J. Hall had a season-high 12 points and played impressively on defense down the stretch, coming away with a vital block and key rebounds. Reggie Keely was limited offensively to nine points, but led Ohio with seven rebounds. TyQuane Goard also scored a career-best six points in only eight minutes of action.
Ohio shot 47 percent from the field and cashed in on a season-best 12 three-pointers (44.4 percent). The Bobcats also out-rebounded their opponent for the first time in the last four games and forced 22 or more turnovers for a fourth time this season.
Corey Petros had 23 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Golden Grizzlies (6-3) and Reggie Hamilton matched him while Travis Bader had 21. However, Oakland, a NCAA Tournament team the last two seasons, was outscored 42-8 off the bench.
Tied 74-74, Keely scored five points and Cooper three for an 82-74 lead with 1:15 left. Cooper also drew a critical offensive foul on Hamilton, who eventually fouled out of the game. Petros' three-point play and Hamilton's three free throws cut it to 82-80 with 42 seconds to go.
Cooper and Ivo Baltic sandwiched free throws around a basket by Bader, so the Bobcats led 84-82. But Bader missed a last-second shot that would have tied it.
"I'm very proud of the way we persevered tonight and we just kept swinging," Head Coach John Groce said. "We could have folded up a bunch of times but the team stayed together and played cohesively. We are fortunate to earn a win here tonight and now we know we will have another tough contest on Saturday."
Oakland started the game on fire, scoring 20 points by the first media timeout, Ohio adjusted its defense and inserted four subs, Taylor, Hall, Keely and Ricardo Johnson. The quartet started a 16-0 run for the Bobcats that put them ahead 32-20.
Ohio led 46-39 at the intermission, allowing the Golden Grizzlies only 10 points over the final 12 minutes of the half. The Bobcats shot 50 percent from the field (19-38) and beyond the arc (9-18), held a +5 advantage on the glass and created 11 OU turnovers. The point total was the highest since the Bobcats scored 51 during the first half of a win over St. Francis (PA) last season.
Cooper led the 'Cats with 10 points while Kellogg had nine on three trifectas. In total, nine different Ohio players scored in the first half.
Oakland started the second half with an 11-2 spurt to regain the lead 49-48. Ohio had no choice but tow take a timeout just two minutes into the period.
Trailing 58-53, Ohio went on a 7-0 run to regain control of the scoreboard with 12:27 to play at 60-58.
The game was knotted up again, one of six times in the contest, with 7:36 showing on the clock when Taylor knocked down a line-drive triple from the right side. Ohio's young corps of Taylor, Johnson, Hall and Goard scored all 14 points during this particular second-half stretch for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats stay on the road this weekend as they visit Portland on Saturday night. Ohio plays their fourth contest away from home in the last five with tip scheduled for 10 p.m. ET.