Dec. 26, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio's Ivo Baltic was named the Mid-American Conference's East Player of the Week for the first time after averaging 17.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in wins at Northern Iowa and against North Carolina A&T.
The Kansas City native started the week going 10-of-14 for a season-high 22 points at Northern Iowa last Tuesday evening. He surpassed his season-high in the first half with 16 points as the Bobcats won by double-digits against one of the best mid-major programs in the country.
Baltic finished one board shy of a double-double, which would have been the second of his career, as he scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the home win over the Aggies on Friday. He has led the team in rebounding five times this season, tops among the Green & White, and finished the week shooting 70 percent from the floor.
Baltic was also named College Sports Madness’ National High-Major Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his outstanding performances last week.
The Bobcats sit at 11-1, matching the start of the 1940-41 team and now need one more victory to match the best start through 13 games in program history set by the 1939-40 and 1920-21 squads. Ohio, winners of eight straight, have held their past five opponents to fewer than 66 points each. The win over the Panthers made Ohio the first team in the nation to win five true road games in the 2011-12 season.
The win over NC A&T was Ohio’s 12th-straight at home, the 22nd-longest active streak in Division I. The Bobcats host Kennesaw State this Friday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. and Robert Morris next Monday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. before entering MAC play.