Dec. 19, 2012
AMHERST, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (7-4) connected on 12 3-pointers, but it was not enough as the Bobcats dropped an 85-76 decision to the University of Massachusetts Wednesday night at the Mullins Center.
Senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) was one of three Ohio players to score in double figures. He also led the Bobcats with 23 points and 10 assists in 36 minutes of action to tally his third double-double of the year. Joining Cooper in double figures was fellow senior guard Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ohio) and junior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) as they finished with 18 and 15 points, respectively.
Senior Ivo Baltic (Kansas City, Mo.) also turned in a strong performance as he led the Bobcats on the glass for the second straight game, tallying 10 rebounds. He also dished out nine assists.
As a team, Ohio was outshot 48.1-45.3 percent from the field, but held a 40.0-37.5 percent advantage from 3-point range.
UMass junior guard Jesse Morgan scored a game-high 35 points, connecting on seven 3-pointers to lead the Minutemen. The Bobcats held the Minutemen's Chaz Williams to single digits for the first time in over a year.
The Bobcats started fast as they jumped out to an 18-6 lead at the 14:48 mark of the first half, connecting on four 3-point field goals. Offutt led the scoring effort for the Bobcats as he connected on a pair of 3-pointers.
The Minutemen fought back in a big way as it went on 23-3 run to take a 29-21 lead with 7:31 remaining until the break. Ohio remained close, trimming UMass' lead to three at 40-37 with 2:22 until halftime. UMass responded by outscoring the Bobcats 8-3 to take a 48-40 lead heading into the locker room.
Ohio came out of the locker room firing, as it outscored the Minutemen 13-5 over the first 4:50 of the second half to tie the game at 53 apiece. Cooper hit the `Cats third 3-pointer during the stretch to even the count.
UMass fired right back with a run of its own as it went on a 13-2 push to take a 66-55 advantage with 12:02 remaining. Ohio made one last surge as it trimmed UMass' lead to six thanks to a layup by Kellogg, which made the count 78-72 with 4:03 to go in the game.
In the final four minutes, the Minutemen outscored Ohio 7-4 to secure the win.
Ohio returns to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. to take on Maryland Eastern Shore. Fans can listen to the game for free on OhioBobcats.com. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.