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Cooper can re-write the NCAA record books Tuesday night at Buffalo.

March 4, 2013

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The Last Meeting
January 9, 2013
Athens, Ohio
Bobcats Defeat Buffalo, 86-68, To Open MAC Play
Senior point guard D.J. Cooper scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Ohio University men's basketball team (10-5, 1-0 MAC) to a dominating 86-68 victory over Buffalo Wednesday night to open Mid-American Conference play.

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (21-8, 12-2) hits the road for the last time in MAC play to battle the Buffalo Bulls (12-17, 7-7) Tuesday evening.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Alumni Arena. The game will be broadcast locally in Western New York on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. Paul Peck will handle play-by-play duties, while Mike MacDonald will provide color commentary.

In addition, "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon, with streaming audio available on OhioBobcats.com. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to tip (6:30 p.m.). Streaming video also will be available via the MAC Digital Network.

The Green and White are 6-1 in MAC road games for the first time in school history. The Bobcats' six MAC road wins are the most by the program since the 1993-94 season. Ohio has never posted seven MAC road wins during a 16-game league slate. The Bobcats have earned seven conference road wins just twice in program history (1983-84, 1985-86).

Last time out, the Bobcats clinched a top-two seed in the upcoming MAC Championship with a 78-65 win at Bowling Green on Saturday (March 2). Senior forward Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio) led Ohio with his fourth 20-point effort of the season (21 pts, career-best 10-15 FG) while junior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) added 16 points (4-9 3pt FG).

Senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in 10 points to go along with a team-high six assists and five rebounds, while senior guard Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) posted 12 points and a season-high five assists.

Ohio has the opportunity to set a number of team and individual records Tuesday evening.

The Bobcats have 537 assists this season and need to record three more to break the Ohio school record for assists in a season. Ohio has posted at least 20 assists in 10 games this season.

In addition, Cooper needs just one 3-pointer vs. Buffalo to become the all-time leader at Ohio in career 3-pointers made (260). The Chicago, Ill., product is currently tied with Tommy Freeman (2008-11) with 259 career triples.

Cooper also is just six points away from 2,000. When he reaches that milestone, he will become the first player in DI history to record 2,000 pts, 900 ast, 600 reb and 300 stl in a career.

Scouting The Bulls (12-17, 7-7 MAC)

The Bobcats and Bulls will meet on the hardwood for the 35th time Tuesday night. Ohio holds a 26-8 edge in the all-time series and has won the last five matchups between the programs. The teams first met during the 1929-30 season, with the Bulls earning a 41-23 victory.

In the most recent meeting, the Bobcats defeated the Bulls (86-68) this season in Athens on Jan. 9. Last season, Ohio went 3-0 against Buffalo and defeated the Bulls, 77-74, on March 9, 2012, to advance to the MAC Championship game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The Bulls have posted a 12-17 record this season and are 8-5 at Alumni Arena. Buffalo is 7-7 in conference play and sits in fourth place in the MAC East Division. The Bulls are coming off a strong 81-67 win over No. 24 Akron Saturday. Junior forward Javon McCrea led Buffalo with 26 points and six rebounds to help end the Zips' 19-game winning streak.

McCrea ranks first on the team with 17.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2.7 bpg. In conference play, he is first in the MAC with 20.1 ppg and second with 9.4 rpg. Senior guard Tony Watson is the team's leading assists man (3.2 apg) Head coach Reggie Witherspoon is in his 14th season at Buffalo and ranks third all-time at the school with 196 wins.

Next Game

Ohio wraps up the regular season with a 4 p.m. contest against rival Miami on Saturday (March 9) at 4 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. In addition, "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon, with streaming audio and video available on OhioBobcats.com.