Senior forward Reggie Keely posted a team-high 14 points against Winthrop.
Dec. 17, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio -
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The Ohio University men's basketball team (7-3) will aim for its first road win of the season Wednesday night as it squares off with the University of Massachusetts Minutemen (5-3) in Amherst, Mass.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET) at the Mullins Center. Fans can listen to the game for free on OhioBobcats.com. Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.
Ohio will look to rebound from a 50-49 setback to Winthrop Sunday at the Convocation Center, which ended the team's 16-game home winning streak.
Senior forward Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) paced the team with 14 points and tied a career high in field goal percentage by connecting on all six of his attempts from the floor against the Eagles. It marked the second time this season that Keely has led the team in scoring.
Senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill./Seton Academy) added eight points, all in the second half, and three assists against the Eagles. Cooper needs just seven points in Wednesday night's game against Massachusetts to pass Steve Skaggs for sixth place on the Bobcats all-time scoring list.
With a win over UMass, Ohio would improve to 3-0 this season against opponents from the Atlantic 10. The Green & White earned home victories against Richmond (73-48) on Nov. 24 and St. Bonaventure (69-64) on Nov. 28.
Wednesday night's meeting with Massachusetts will mark the second all-time meeting with the Minutemen. In the only other matchup between the schools, UMass earned a season-opening win over the Bobcats (95-82) on November 28, 1975, at the IPTAY Invitational in Clemson, S.C.
The Minutemen are coming off a 78-73, overtime victory over Elon this past Saturday at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass. In the win over the Phoenix, senior forward Terrell Vinson scored a career-high 22 points and junior guard Chaz Williams netted 20 points.
The Minutemen, who were picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll, are playing just their third game at home this season (1-1).
UMass ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding (38.9 rpg) and steals (8.6 spg) this season. Williams, a junior, leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game.
UMass is coached by Derek Kellogg, who is in his fifth season with the Minutemen. Kellogg has guided the team to a 65-65 mark in his five years at the helm.