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No. 22/20 UMass Knocks Off Ohio, 83-71

Maurice Ndour

Dec. 18, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio- The Ohio University men's basketball team (7-3) ran into a potent UMass offense Wednesday evening during a 83-71 set back to the No. 22/20 Minutemen (10-0) at the Convocation Center.

Ohio was within six (53-47) with 16 minutes to play in the game, but UMass put the game out of reach by holding a +14 advantage (27-13) over the next 13 minutes of action

Junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) and senior guard Nick Kellogg(Westerville, Ohio) both scored in double figures, finishing with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Ndour also added six rebounds and two blocks in 29 minutes on the floor. 

The Minutemen posted Ohio opponent season highs in points (83) and field goal percentage (.615) in an impressive all-around offensive effort. UMass dished out 20 assists on 32 made baskets and held a 36-34 edge on the glass.

Ohio shot 41.8 percent (28-67) in the game and bolstered its transition offense with nine steals in the contest. But the 'Cats struggled from 3-point territory (5-21, .238) and were outscored 40-32 in the paint.

A pair of seniors also played well for the Bobcats, with forward Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) notching eight points and eight rebounds and guard/forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) chipping in eight points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes on the floor. 

UMass posted 14 of the first 19 points of the contest and led 20-10 with 10 minutes to play in the opening stanza. A 3-pointer from Johnson cut the Massachusetts lead to six (25-19), but the Minutemen responded with a 7-0 run to extend its advantage to 13 (32-19) with 6:40 to go in the half.

Ohio moved back within eight at 40-32 on a strong finish from Hall, but UMass posted five of the final seven points of the stanza to take a 45-34 lead into the break. The Bobcats raced out of the gate in the second half and used an electric 7-1 run to pull within six (53-47) just five minutes into the period. From there, UMass answered with a 9-0 run to go back up by 15 (64-49) with 12:49 to play.

Two buckets by Jon Smith and a 3-point play from Treg Settymoved Ohio back within eight (64-56) with 8:53 to play, but that's as close as the Bobcats would get, as UMass put together an 8-1 run to lead by 16 (75-59) with 4:48 to play in the contest.

Ohio returns to action on Sunday (Dec. 22) with a 1 p.m. matchup at Richmond. Pre-game coverage on the Ohio IMG Network begins at 12:30 p.m.