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Ohio and Morgan State Clash Wednesday In Baltimore

Senior guard Nick Kellogg is averaging a team-best 17.7 points per game this season.

Nov. 18, 2013


ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University men’s basketball team (2-1) looks to pick up its first road win of the season Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Baltimore, Md., to take on Morgan State (0-3).

The Last Meeting
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December 3, 2011
Athens, Ohio
Bobcats Take Down Morgan State, 61-53
Junior guard Walter Offutt tied a career-high with 17 points to lead the Ohio University men's basketball team (5-1) to a 61-53 victory over Morgan State Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Hill Field House. Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network. “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the game, with live audio available on OhioBobcats.com. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to tip (7 p.m.). The Ohio IMG Sports Network includes 16 radio affiliates throughout southern Ohio and West Virginia.

The Bobcats will aim to pick up their first non-conference road win since a 76-59 victory at Northern Iowa in December 2011.

Last time out, Ohio moved to 2-0 at home this season with a 76-72 win over Valparaiso Sunday in the Convo. After Ohio held a 16-point lead (62-46) midway through the second half, Valpo rallied to take a two-point lead (72-70) with 2:18 to play. But Ohio shut out the Crusaders in the final minutes to clinch the win.

The Bobcats made a season-high 12 steals in the contest and forced 19 Valparaiso turnovers. Ohio held a 25-13 edge in points off turnovers in the contest.

Ohio also swatted 10 shots against the Crusaders, marking the first time since a December 2011 game against Marietta that the Bobcats blocked at least 10 shots. Ohio has only reached the 10-block plateau seven times since 1996.

Junior forward Maurice Ndour played a stellar all-around game for Ohio. The Mbour, Senegal, native finished with career bests in points (23), field goals made (9), blocks (5) and steals (4) while adding six rebounds in the contest. For his efforts, Ndour was named the MAC East Player of the Week.

Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) posted 16 points (4-9 3pt FG) against the Crusaders and has now notched at least 15 points in Ohio’s first three games. He reached the 15-point plateau twice in all of 2012-13.

Through three contests this season, Ohio has yet to allow an opponent to shot more than 30 percent from 3-point territory. The Bobcats have held Northern Iowa (.273), No. 8/8 Ohio State (.278) and Valparaiso (.286) under the mark in 2013-14. Overall, Ohio is limiting its opponents to just 38.8 percent shooting from the floor (57-147) this season.

Morgan State was picked to finish second in the MEAC in the league’s preseason poll. The Bears return four starters and 13 of 14 letter winners from a 2012-13 team that posted a 17-15 (10-6 MEAC) record and reached the final of the 2013 MEAC Tournament (L, 57-54 to North Carolina A&T). This season, the Bears have dropped their first three contests, including road set backs to Ohio State (89-50) and cross-town foe Towson (95-75). The Bears fell in their home opener to the San Diego Toreros, 68-61, on Saturday. Preseason All-MEAC selection Justin Black is tied for fifth in the conference this season with 21.0 points per game. The senior also averages 4.7 rebounds per game and is shooting 42.9 percent from the floor. Sophomore forward Cedric Blossom is the team’s leading rebounder (5.7 rpg) while averaging 6.7 points per game.

Ohio won the only contest between the Bobcats and Bears during the 2011-12 season, when the Green & White upended Morgan State, 61-53 on Dec. 1 in the Convo. Senior guard Nick Kellogg chipped in 10 points in the game during his sophomore season, while classmate Ricardo Johnson added six points.

The Green & White have posted a perfect 9-0 record all-time against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents. The Bobcats defeated two MEAC foes last season, including Hampton (75-67) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (93-57). Ohio’s most common opponents in the conference are North Carolina A&T (3-0) and Coppin State (2-0).

Ohio returns home for its second of four contests in the 2013 Ohio Classic. After defeating Valparaiso (76-72) to open the event, the Green & White now host Heidelberg on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with pre-game coverage kicking off at 1:30 p.m.