Dec. 7, 2013
ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Ohio University men’s basketball team (6-2) saw its five-game winning streak come to an end Saturday night after dropping a 73-56 contest to Oakland (2-7) at the Athletics Center O’Rena.
The Bobcats held a six-point edge (35-29) early in the second half, but Oakland used a lengthy 28-7 run midway through the half to build a 15-point lead that the Golden Grizzlies would not relinquish.
Ohio held a +6 advantage (42-36) in rebounds for the contest but committed a season-high 18 turnovers in the game which led to 20 points for the Golden Grizzlies. The Green & White shot 36.8 percent (21-57) from the field in the game and made just 3-of-24 attempts (.125) from beyond the arc.
Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) led the Bobcats with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting and added three rebounds in 31 minutes of action. He is now just three points shy of 1,000 for his career.
Junior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) added 14 points and two assists, while junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) added 12 points, nine rebounds and two blocks for the Bobcats.
Senior forward Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) chipped in 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. With his second block, Smith moved past Reggie Keely (2009-13) and into sixth on Ohio’s all-time blocks list. He now has 109 for his career.
Ohio held a 7-2 lead five minutes into the game as the Bobcats limited the Golden Grizzlies to 1-of-8 shooting to start the contest. The Green & White extended their edge to eight (13-5) on a pair of free throws from Kellogg, then went up by nine (15-6) after a jumper from Stevie Taylor with 7:47 to go in the half.
Oakland cut the Bobcat lead to six (21-15) with 4:05 to play in the opening half and were within one at 23-22 on a jumper from Corey Petros. The teams entered the half tied at 25-25 after the Golden Grizzlies closed the stanza on a 15-6 run.
The Bobcats limited the Golden Grizzlies to 32.1 percent shooting (9-28) in the frame and a 1-for-13 mark from beyond the arc. Ohio also held a +10 edge (24-14) in rebounds, but committed 10 turnovers to just three for Oakland.
Ohio scored 10 of the first 14 points of the second half to take a 35-29 lead with 14:53 to play, but from there, the Golden Grizzlies put together a 28-7 run over the next eight minutes to build a 57-42 advantage with 6:53 to go in the game. Ohio cut the Oakland led to 10 (62-52) with three minutes remaining, but could not move any closer for the remainder of the contest.
The Bobcats return to action next Saturday (Dec. 14) with a home contest against Alabama A&M (3-4). Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.