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Ohio Laces Up vs. Longwood Monday

Senior Ricardo Johnson matched his career high with 14 points at Richmond.

Dec. 28, 2013


ATHENS, Ohio –
The Ohio University men’s basketball team (8-3) looks to end 2013 on a winning note when the Bobcats take on Longwood on December 30 at 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.

Monday’s contest is the first all-time between the two schools. The game against Longwood is one of two games for Ohio against Big South opponents this week. The ‘Cats also will play at UNC-Asheville on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Monday’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 (6:30 p.m.).

Last time out, the Bobcats evened their road record to 2-2 with an impressive 70-69 overtime victory at Richmond on Dec. 22.

Ohio trailed by two (69-67) with 30 seconds to go in the game, but senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) nailed a 3-pointer with nine seconds to go and Ohio denied Richmond on its final possession to hang on for the win.

Kellogg finished the game with 14 points and four rebounds, while junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) added a team-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and chipped in seven rebounds in 35 minutes on the floor. Ndour ranks ninth in the MAC in scoring (14.5 ppg) this season.

Senior guard/forward Ricardo Johnson (Covington, Ky.) matched his career high with 14 points and added six rebounds for Ohio against the Spiders. The ‘Cats are 5-0 when he posts at least 10 points this season.

With the victory, Ohio improved to 3-0 in games decided by five points or less this season. Prior to the Ohio triumph, Richmond had won 42 of its previous 48 non-conference home games at the Robins Center.

After Richmond shot 60.9 percent (14-23) in the first half, Ohio limited the Spiders to just 39.3 percent (11-28) for the remainder of the contest.

Ohio enters Monday’s contest with a 6-1 record in home games this season. The ‘Cats are performing well above their season averages in a number of offensive categories in games played at the Convo. The Green & White are shooting 46.2 percent (188-407) while enjoying a +12.1 average scoring margin in home contests, compared to 42.6 percent shooting (92-216) and a -5.7 margin on the road. The Bobcats also average 16.3 assists/game in the Convo, compared to 8.8/game in road contests. Defensively, Ohio is limiting its opponents to just 39.7 percent shooting at home. Ohio will play two of its first three Mid-American Conference contests at home in 2014.

The Lancers have won three of their past five games after starting the year 2-6. Longwood was picked to finish sixth in the North Division in the 2013-14 Big South Preseason Poll released in October. Longwood is led by first year head coach Jayson Gee, who served as an assistant coach at Ohio under Larry Hunter from 1993-96 and played an important role in the development of Gary Trent.

The Lancers are led offensively by Second Team All-Big South preseason selection Tristan Carey. The senior guard ranks second in the conference in scoring with 19.8 points per game and is shooting 43 percent (40-93) from 3-point territory. Carey also leads the team in rebounding (6.6 rpg). Sophomore guard Lucas Woodhouse ranks third nationally with 7.2 assists per game.

Monday’s contest marks the first all-time meeting between Ohio and Longwood on the basketball court.

Ohio has posted a 6-2 (.750) all-time mark against teams currently in the Big South Conference. The Bobcats’ most common opponents from the conference are Radford (3-1) and Winthrop (1-1). Ohio will play two Big South opponents this week, as the ‘Cats also will battle UNC-Asheville on Saturday. Ohio defeated the Bulldogs, 81-62, in the Convo as part of the 2012 ESPN BracketBuster event.

Ohio wraps up its non-conference schedule Saturday (Jan. 4) with a contest at UNC-Asheville. The Bobcats and Bulldogs will tip off at 2 p.m. inside Kimmel Arena.