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Bobcats Host Heidelberg Saturday In Ohio Classic

Stevie Taylor is averaging 11.0 points and a team-high 3.4 assists this season.

Nov. 21, 2013


ATHENS, Ohio –
The Ohio University men’s basketball team (3-1) returns home for a non-conference matchup with Heidelberg (1-1) Saturday afternoon inside the Convocation Center.

Tip-off between the Bobcats and Student Princes is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday’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/video available on OhioBobcats.com. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to tip (1:30 p.m.). The Ohio IMG Sports Network includes 16 radio affiliates throughout southern Ohio and West Virginia.

Saturday’s contest is the first of three home games in eight days for the Bobcats. The three-game homestand is Ohio’s longest of the 2013-14 campaign.

From Nov. 17-Nov. 30, Ohio will host four contests as part of the Ohio Classic. The round-robin event includes matchups with Valparaiso (W, 76-72), Heidelberg (Saturday), Mercer (Nov. 26) and Evansville (Nov. 30).

Last time out, Ohio picked up its first road win of the season with a 65-62 victory at MEAC foe Morgan State on Wednesday. With the score tied at 62 with less than a minute to go, junior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) drove to the basket and completed a three-point play to seal the win for the Bobcats.

The victory over Morgan State marked Ohio’s first non-conference road win since a 76-59 victory at Northern Iowa in Dec. 2011.

Junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) led Ohio in scoring (13) and rebounding (8) against the Bears and made two crucial jump shots down the stretch for the Bobcats. The reigning MAC Player of the Week has scored in double figures in all four Ohio games this season.

The Bobcats feature one of the most active front lines in the MAC this season. Ohio returns one of its top defensive players in redshirt senior Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) and welcomes a strong shot blocker in junior college transfer Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal). Smith ranks second in the MAC this season with 2.8 blocks/game, while Ndour is fifth with 2.5 swats/game. Ohio ranks second in the Mid-American Conference with 5.8 blocks/game this season.

With 11 blocks over Ohio’s first four games, Jon Smith has increased his career blocks total to 104, placing him eighth all-time in the Ohio record books. He needs just one more block to tie Gary Trent (105) for seventh place on the list.

Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) needs just 64 points to become the 36th 1,000-point scorer in Ohio history. In other Kellogg milestone news, the senior started his 100th career game against Valparaiso and is now eighth all-time in that category at Ohio (101).

NCAA Division III opponent Heidelberg enters Saturday’s contest with a 1-1 record in the team’s first season under head coach Andy Bucheit. The Berg opened the season in the Mount Saint Joseph Invitational, where the team defeated Transylvania (72-59) and fell to host Mount Saint Joseph (63-56). Ohio has won the last five matchups in the series. Junior guard Marcquice Taylor leads Heidelberg with 12.0 points per game this season, while sophomore forward Jackson Blue is the team’s leading rebounder (6.0 rpg). Senior guard Keith Mackie is distributing a team-high 7.0 assists/game this season.

The Bobcats and Student Princes have met seven times on the hardwood, although six of the seven meetings came prior to the advent of the shot clock in the 1910s and 1920s. The teams first met during the 1912-13 season, with Heidelberg earning a 25-18 win in Athens. In the last meeting in December 1984, the Bobcats won a 77-70 game at the Convo.

Ohio plays its third of four contests in the Ohio Classic when the Bobcats take on Atlantic Sun foe Mercer Tuesday at 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Pre-game coverage on the Ohio IMG Sports Network begins at 6:30 p.m.