Six Ohio University men's basketball players scored in double figures to lead the Bobcats to a convincing 93-57 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
With the win, Ohio improved to 8-4 on the year and 8-1 in home games. The Green and White have posted a 17-1 mark in their last 18 home games.
Ohio had six players score in double figures for the first time this season. Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.), Travis Wilkins (Springfield, Mo.), Ivo Baltic (Kansas City, Mo.), Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio), Jon Smith (Columbus, Ohio) and Kadeem Green (Toronto, Canada) each finished with 15, 14, 12, 12, 10 and 10 points, respectively as the Bobcats scored a season-high 93 points.
As a team, Ohio dished out a season-high 29 assists, which tied a program record. Cooper distributed a season-high 14 of those 29 helpers.
Maryland Eastern Shore held a slim advantage in the early going as it lead Ohio 10-9 at the 16:05 mark of the first half. Ohio responded by going on a 12-0 run to open up a 21-10 advantage.
UMES would close back to within single digits thanks to a dunk from Olatunji Kosile, which made the count 21-12 with 12:14 to go in the first half. One minute later, Ohio went back up by double digits thanks to a pair of free throws by Smith.
The Bobcats would go on to outscore the Hawks 28-20 to close out the first half and take a 51-32 lead heading into the locker room. Wilkins led the team with 11 points at the break. As a team, Ohio shot 65.4 percent from the field in the first half.
In the second half, Ohio wasted little time in putting away the Hawks as it opened up a 30-point lead with 13:34 to go in the game to secure the win. In the second half, Ohio hit at a 51.4 percent clip (18-35) from the field.
Ohio returns to action on Dec. 29 as it travels to Norman, Okla. to faceoff against the Oklahoma Sooners. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (EST). 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.
Ohio-Maryland Eastern Shore Post-Game Notes - Ohio set season highs in points (93), field goals made (35) and assists (29).
- The 29 assists by the ‘Cats tied a school record, which was also reached against Central Michigan on Jan. 28, 1995, and Central Florida on Dec. 28, 1998.
- Over the last two contests, Ohio is averaging 27.5 assists per game. The Bobcats have eclipsed the 20-assist plateau in four of the past five games.
- Six Bobcats scored in double figures for the first time since Dec. 30, 2010 (a 92-56 win over Norfolk State).
- Ohio shot 57.4 percent from the field (35-61), its best mark in the last nine games.
- The Green and White forced 24 UMES turnovers. Ohio is 7-1 this season when its opponent commits at least 20 turnovers.
- D.J. Cooper’s season-best 14 assists gives him 91 helpers on the year (7.6 per game). Cooper now has 787 career assists, which ranks first all-time at Ohio and in MAC history.