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Ohio Renews Rivalry With Marshall Saturday

Senior forward Reggie Keely posted 13 points and eight rebounds on Dec. 29 at Oklahoma.

Jan. 4, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio -

The Last Meeting
November 30, 2011
Huntington, W. Va.
Ohio Men's Basketball Holds Off Marshall, 70-68
Ohio Men's Basketball rebounded from its first loss of the season to topple previously undefeated Marshall on the road this evening, 70-68. Walter Offutt denied DeAndre Kane on a potential game-tying shot and Ohio improved to 4-1 on the season.

The Ohio University men's basketball team (8-5) will renew its longtime rivalry with Marshall University (7-7) Saturday afternoon inside the Convocation Center.

Fans can watch the game through a live stream and listen for free via 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.

The Bobcats and Thundering Herd will meet on the hardwood for the 100th time Saturday. Ohio holds a 53-46 edge in the all-time series and has won the last two matchups between the programs. Marshall, a former member of the Mid-American Conference, is Ohio's fifth most common opponent all-time. The teams first met during the 1920-21 season, with the Bobcats earning a 56-9 victory. In the most recent meeting, Ohio won at Marshall (70-68) last season on Nov. 30, 2011.

Ohio is coming off a 74-63 loss at Oklahoma last Saturday (Dec. 29) in Norman, Okla. Senior guard D.J. Cooper led the Bobcats with 14 points and seven assists, while senior forward Reggie Keely added 13 points and tied a season high with eight rebounds against the Sooners. The `Cats shot 47.2 percent from the floor, but committed a costly 18 turnovers which led to 22 Oklahoma points. This season, Ohio is 6-1 when it commits less than 15 turnovers, but just 2-4 when it turns the ball over 15 or more times.

Cooper leads the `Cats in points (14.3), assists (7.8) and steals (1.7) per game this season. For his career, the Chicago, Ill., native is just six assists away from 800. At 820, Cooper will move into the top-25 in NCAA Division I history in career assists.

The Green and White return to the Convocation Center Saturday, where the team has won 30 of its last 32 contests. The `Cats are 8-1 at the Convo in 2012-13 and have averaged 75.1 points per game at home, while limiting their opponents to just 55.1 points per contest. The `Cats also hold significant advantages over their opponents in field goal percentage (.497-.395), assists (18.6-10.1) and turnover margin (+7.9).

Scouting Marshall (7-7)

The Thundering Herd has posted a 7-7 record this season and is 0-3 in road contests. In its last game on Wednesday (Jan. 2), Marshall dropped a 53-51 home contest to Delaware State inside the Cam Henderson Center. The Herd was without starting point guard DeAndre Kane, who has missed the last five contests with a right hand injury.

Kane leads Marshall in points (15.0 ppg) and averages a team-leading 8.5 assists per game, which ranks him third nationally in that category. Junior forward Elijah Pittman (14.9 ppg) and junior guard D.D. Scarver (14.1 ppg) are the team's second and third leading scorers. Senior center Nigel Spikes leads the team in rebounds (9.1 rpg).

Marshall is coached by Tom Herrion, who has compiled a 50-33 mark in three seasons with the Thundering Herd.

Up Next

The `Cats open conference play with a home contest against Buffalo on Wednesday (Jan. 9) at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on SportsTime Ohio. Michael Reghi will handle the play-by-play duties while Dave Cecutti will serve as analyst. The matchup also can be heard 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.