ATHENS, Ohio- The Ohio University men's basketball team (9-3) used a 26-8 second half run to pull away from the Longwood Lancers (5-8) for a 78-43 win Monday night inside the Convocation Center.
Five Bobcats scored in double figures for the first time this season, led by senior guard Nick Kellogg. The Westerville, Ohio, native paced the team with 17 points while knocking down 3-of-5 3-point attempts. The senior also added six rebounds and four assists.
Fellow senior T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a season-high 14 points to help Ohio notch a 28-20 edge in bench scoring on the night. Ohio is 6-0 this season when it wins the bench scoring battle.
Ndour just missed his third double-double of the season finishing with nine rebounds to go with two assists and two blocks. Johnson also grabbed seven boards and dished out three assists.
Ohio limited Longwood to season lows by a Bobcat opponent in points (43) and 3-point field goal percentage (.167) while holding the Lancers to just 31.4 percent shooting (16-51) for the game, including a 6-for-24 (.250) mark in the second half.
The Bobcats enjoyed a +26 (52-26) advantage on the glass while posting more than 50 rebounds for the first time since a December 2011 game against Marietta College.
The Bobcats played a well-rounded offensive game and moved the ball efficiently while dishing out 22 assists on 25 made field goals.
Taylor led the unselfish Bobcats with six assists while Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) had four helpers. Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) pulled down nine rebounds and blocked three of the Lancers' shots. Smith now has 116 career blocks and is five away from moving into the school's top-5 in that category.
Senior guard Travis Wilkins (Springfield, Mo.) almost gave the team a sixth double-digit scorer as he finished with nine points, all of which came in the second half. Wilkins knocked down 2-of-4 3-point attempts.
The Bobcats are now 7-0 when holding their opponent under 40 percent shooting and 8-0 when limiting the opposing team to less than 70 points.
Ohio closes out non-conference play at UNC-Asheville on Saturday at 2 p.m.