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Ohio And Kent State Clash Saturday On ESPNU

Reggie Keely leads the Bobcats with 13.9 points per game in conference play.

Feb. 15, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio -
The Ohio University men's basketball team (18-6, 9-1) looks to earn a regular season sweep of Kent State (14-11, 5-6) for the first time since 2000-01 when the Golden Flashes invade the Convocation Center Saturday at 11 a.m.

The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. Joe Davis will handle play-by-play duties, while Brooke Weisbrod will provide color commentary. In addition, "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon, with streaming audio and video available on OhioBobcats.com. Pre-game audio coverage begins 30 minutes prior to tip off (10:30 a.m.).

Last time out, Ohio moved to 5-0 against MAC West Division teams with an 82-63 win at Central Michigan Wednesday (Feb. 13). Senior Walter Offutt led Ohio with a team-high 17 points and eight rebounds, while Reggie Keely added 14 points and six rebounds.

Ricardo Johnson added 11 points off the bench, while D.J. Cooper moved into a tie for 18th place on the NCAA Division I all-time assists list with his third assist of the game (877th of career).

With the win, the Ohio senior class of Ivo Baltic, D.J. Cooper, Reggie Keely, David McKinley and Walter Offutt claimed its 88th career victory, setting a new school record for victories by a class. The previous mark of 87 wins was set by the 1982-86 class. The current senior class already has set the school record for most post-season victories by a class (12).

Cooper, Baltic and Keely have played in 133 career games for the Bobcats. With an appearance against Kent State, the student-athletes will tie Kenneth van Kempen (2007-10) for the most games played in Ohio University history.

Keely needs just two points against the Golden Flashes to reach 1,000 for his career. When Keely reaches the 1,000 point plateau, it will mark the first time in program history that a class has included three, 1,000 point scorers. Cooper (1,923) and Baltic (1,026) have already reached the milestone.

The Last Meeting
Kent State68
January 26, 2013
Kent, Ohio
Ohio Downs Kent State to Win Seventh Straight
The Ohio University men's basketball team (15-5, 6-0 MAC) held off Kent State (11-9, 2-4) to capture its seventh-consecutive win and remain perfect in Mid-American Conference play as it defeated the Golden Flashes on the road 69-68.

Scouting The Golden Flashes (14-11, 5-6 MAC)
The Bobcats and Golden Flashes will meet for the 134th time on the hardwood Saturday. Kent State is Ohio's third most common opponent all-time. The Green and White hold an 89-44 all-time edge (.669), including a 69-68 win at Kent on Jan. 26. The Bobcats have won three of the past four matchups. Ohio and Kent first met during the 1949-50 season, with the Flashes earning a 70-57 home win. Last season, Ohio won 71-65 on Jan. 18, 2012, in Athens and fell 72-62 at Kent on Feb. 29.

The Golden Flashes have posted a 14-11 record this season and are 5-5 on the road. Kent State is 5-6 in MAC play this season and is tied for third place in the East Division. Last time out, the Golden Flashes defeated Miami, 87-70, Wednesday at the M.A.C. Center. Senior forward Chris Evans led Kent with a double-double on 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Evans ranks fourth in the MAC with 17.0 points per game and leads the Flashes in rebounding (7.3 rpg). Senior guard Randal Holt is the team's leading assists man (2.5 apg). Kent State is coached by Rob Senderoff, who has compiled a 35-23 record in two seasons with the Golden Flashes.

Next Game
Ohio will remain at home to take on Eastern Michigan on Wednesday (Feb. 20) at 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein will call the game live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with streaming audio and video available on OhioBobcats.com. Pre-game audio coverage begins 30 minutes prior to tip off (6:30 p.m.).