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Ohio Squares Off With Northern Illinois Wednesday

Keely posted 10 points at Western Michigan and is averaging 14.4 points in his past five games.

Jan. 15, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois58
February 1, 2012
DeKalb, Ill.
Ohio Puts Clamps on NIU, Wins 67-58
Walter Offutt matched his career-high with 19 points and Ohio topped Northern Illinois this evening 67-58. Ohio led by as many as 20 in the second half as it improved to 18-4, 6-2 in Mid-American Conference play.

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (11-5, 2-0 MAC) begins a two-game homestand with a contest against Northern Illinois (3-11, 1-1 MAC) Wednesday.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. The matchup will be broadcast on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live, with streaming audio and video of the broadcast available on OhioBobcats.com. The pre-game show will begin 30 minutes prior to tip (6:30 p.m.).

Last time out, Ohio won at Western Michigan, 61-59, on Saturday (Jan. 12) to pick up its first road win of the season. Senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) led the `Cats with 16 points, six assists and five rebounds, while senior forward Reggie Keely (University, Heights) added 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Junior forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) provided a spark off the bench for Ohio, as he added nine points, including two critical 3-pointers, and grabbed three rebounds in 26 minutes of action.

Against the Broncos, Cooper passed Johnathon Jones (Oakland), Chris Duhon (Duke) and Ronald Moore (Siena) to move into 24th place on the NCAA Division I all-time assists list. Cooper now has 824 career assists.

The Green and White limited Western Michigan to just 28.3 percent (15-53) shooting, the lowest mark for an Ohio opponent since Dec. 14, 2011. The `Cats have now held three-straight opponents (Marshall, Buffalo, Western Michigan) under 40 percent shooting for the first time this season. Ohio has allowed opponents to shoot just 41.2 percent from the floor this season, which is third-best in the Mid-American Conference.

Ohio is 2-0 in the MAC for the first time since the 2008-09 season. With a win Wednesday night against the Huskies, the Bobcats will move to 3-0 in league play for the first time since 2005-06.

Scouting The Huskies (3-11, 1-1 MAC)

The Bobcats and Huskies will meet on the hardwood for the 46th time Wednesday. Ohio holds a 29-16 edge (.644) in the all-time series and has won the last five matchups. The Huskies have not won at the Convocation Center since the 2006-07 season. The teams first met during the 1939-40 season, with the `Cats earning a 93-86 victory in Athens. In the most recent meeting, Ohio defeated Northern Illinois, 67-58, last season (2/1/12) at the Convocation Center.

The Huskies have posted a 3-11 record this season and are 1-7 in games away from the NIU Convocation Center. Northern Illinois is 1-1 in MAC contests this season. The Huskies won at Miami (72-61) in their conference opener on Jan. 9 before falling to Akron, 68-53, at home on Jan. 12. Freshman wing Darrell Bowie led NIU with a career-best 13 points against the Zips, while sophomore wing Abdel Nader added 10 points and four rebounds.

Nader ranks first on the Huskies this season in points (13.6 ppg) and is the team's second leading rebounder (4.3 rpg). Junior guard/forward Aksel Bolin paces the team in rebounding (4.4 rpg) while freshman guard Travon Baker is the team's leading assist man (1.9 apg). Huskies senior guard Tony Nixon was a high school teammate of Ohio guard D.J. Cooper at Seton Academy in Chicago. The two led Seton to the Illinois Class 2A state championship in 2009.

Northern Illinois is coached by former Michigan State standout Mark Montgomery, who has registered an 8-37 mark in two seasons as the Huskies' head coach.

Next Game

Ohio remains at home to take on MAC West foe Toledo on Saturday (Jan. 19) at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on SportsTime Ohio and across the nation on ESPN3. Michael Reghi will handle play-by-play duties, while Dave Cecutti will provide color commentary. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.