Senior guard Walter Offutt posted 18 points Wednesday night at UMass.
Dec. 21, 2012
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The Ohio University men's basketball team (7-4) will look to move to 8-1 at home this season during Saturday's matinee matchup with Maryland Eastern Shore at the Convocation Center.
Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m. (EST). The matchup can be seen through a live stream and can be heard for free on OhioBobcats.com. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein will call the action live on the Peoples Bank Ohio IMG Sports Network.
Ohio will aim to break a two-game losing streak that has included setbacks to Winthrop (50-49) on Dec. 15 and at Massachusetts (85-76) on Dec. 19.
Against the Minutemen, the Bobcats shot 45.3 percent (29-64) from the floor and dished out a season-high 26 assists, but could not overcome a UMass team that hit 48.1 percent (26-54) of its shots and held a 24-6 edge in free throws.
In a battle of two of the nation's best point guards, senior guard D.J. Cooper came out on top Wednesday night, notching 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists against the Minutemen. Cooper's counterpart on UMass, Chaz Williams, was held to just nine points, marking the first time since Jan, 18 2012, that Williams did not reach double figures in scoring. Cooper's performance was his third double-double of the season and 20th of his career.
In the contest, Cooper also moved past former Bobcats Steve Skaggs (1976-79) and Geno Ford (1994-97) to claim the fifth spot on the Ohio all-time scoring list. The senior now has 1,758 points in his career.
Against the Minutemen, Ohio also received strong efforts from senior guard Walter Offutt (18 points, 5-of-7 from three-point range) and Nick Kellogg (15 points, 6-of-9 from the field).
Heading into Saturday's game, Ohio is 7-1 in eight home contests inside the Convocation Center this season. The Bobcats are averaging 72.9 points per game and have limited their opponents to just 54.9 points per game. Overall, the `Cats have triumphed in 16 of their past 17 games at home.
Scouting Maryland Eastern Shore (0-10)
Ohio will take on Maryland Eastern Shore Saturday for the first time in program history. It marks the fifth time this season Ohio has matched up with a first-time opponent.
UMES is coming off two straight road contests against BIG EAST opponents. The Hawks lost at Cincinnati, 92-60, on Dec. 8 and dropped an 84-50 contest to Connecticut on Dec. 17 in Storrs, Conn.
The team is led offensively by sophomore guard Kyree Jones, who ranks first on the Hawks with 16.6 points and 2.5 assists per game. Junior forward Troy Snyder is the team's top rebounder (6.3 rpg).
Maryland Eastern Shore is coached by Frankie Allen, who is in his fifth season. The team was picked to finish 12th out of 13 teams in the MEAC preseason poll.