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The Last Meeting
January 8, 2014
Ohio Defense Leads 'Cats To 59-53 Win At Kent State
Behind a stellar defensive effort, the Ohio University men's basketball team (11-3, 1-0) withstood a furious Kent State rally to surge past the Golden Flashes (9-5, 0-1) by the score of 59-53 Wednesday night at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University men’s basketball team (19-9, 9-6) honors its five seniors Saturday when the Bobcats host Kent State (15-13, 6-9) in the team’s 2013-14 home finale. The Green & White senior ceremony will occur 15 minutes prior to tip.
Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius on the call. A live audio/video stream is available on OhioBobcats.com, with pre-game coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Ohio has won the last three meetings with the Golden Flashes, including a 59-53 win on Jan. 8 at the M.A.C. Center. Nick Kellogg led the ‘Cats with 19 points in the game.
The Bobcats currently hold a tiebreaker over Akron and would be the No. 4 seed if the MAC Tournament began today. Ohio is two games behind Buffalo for the No. 3 seed. Akron hosts BGSU Saturday, while Buffalo plays host to Miami.
With a win against the Golden Flashes, Ohio would reach the 20-win plateau for the third-straight season, the fourth time in five years and the 15th time in school history. A win against Kent State also would give Ohio head coach Jim Christian his 100th career MAC victory.
Last time out, Ohio dropped a 69-64 contest to Buffalo on Wednesday inside the Convo. Ohio cut the Bulls’ lead from 17 (48-31) to one (65-64) with less than two minutes to play but could not rally to take the lead in the final seconds.
Kellogg led Ohio with 18 points and made 3-of-7 3-point field goals vs. Buffalo. He’s now just four triples away from becoming Ohio’s all-time 3-point king and seven trifectas away from becoming the MAC all-time leader.
Senior forward Jon Smith added 11 points and made all five of his field goal attempts. The Grove City, Ohio native has connected on 13 of his last 14 shots (.929) and 20 of his last 23 (.870). He leads the conference with a .664 field goal percentage this season.
A LOOK AT KENT STATE (15-13, 6-9)
The Kent State Golden Flashes were picked to finish fourth in the MAC East Division in this year’s league pre-season poll. Kent had a rough start to the conference season going 2-5 in their first seven contests, with three of the five losses coming at the M.A.C. Center. The Golden Flashes tallied their two wins against Ball State (home) and at Northern Illinois. They have built some momentum winning three of their last five competitions in the conference. The Flashes have three games remaining; at Ohio, Miami and at Akron.
In MAC season, Kent State is led by junior guard Kris Brewer, who leads the team in points per game and assists per game, averaging 12.2 and 5.4 respectively. Brewer posted 28 points, three assists and five rebounds in a 75-63 win over Miami in Oxford.
Derek Jackson has also become a valuable piece to Kent’s success in their last few games. He is currently second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.1 points per game and a team best 3.5 steals per game in conference play. Last time out, Jackson recorded a game-high 25 points, four rebounds and two steals in a thrilling 62-61 home win against Bowling Green. The Flashes will look to win in Athens for the first time since 2011 on Saturday.
HISTORY vs. KENT STATE
The Bobcats and Golden Flashes will meet for the 136th time on the hardwood Wednesday. Kent State is Ohio’s third most common opponent all-time. The Green and White hold a 91-44 all-time edge (.674) in the all-time series and have won the past three meetings between the teams. Last season in Athens, the ‘Cats edged the Flashes, 78-75, in overtime on Feb. 16 behind a memorable 3-pointer from Stevie Taylor. Ohio and Kent first met during the 1949-50 season, with the Flashes earning a 70-57 home win. This season, Ohio won at Kent, 59-53, on Jan. 8 to kick off the MAC slate.
Ohio hits the road for a two-game swing to end the 2013-14 regular season. The ‘Cats begin the trip with a game at Bowling Green (12-16, 6-9) on Tuesday (March 4) at 7 p.m. The Falcons took the first game between the teams, 58-56, on Jan. 22 in Athens.