CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (23-11) dropped a hard-fought 83-77 decision Thursday night to the University of Akron (21-11) Thursday night during the Quarterfinals of the 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament inside Quicken Loans Arena.
Senior Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) led the Bobcats offensively with game-highs of 25 points and six assists. His 25-point performance mark was just two points shy of tying his career high. His 20-point was his seventh of the year.
Joining Kellogg in double figures were juniors Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) and Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) as they finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Bobcats led for the majority of the first half and led by as many as 10 points in the opening 20 minutes.
Ohio took a 38-33 lead into the locker room despite being outshot by Akron, 60-50 percent. The Bobcats did hold a commanding 18-10 advantage on the glass and outscored the Zips 24-14 in the paint.
Kellogg and Willis led the `Cats with nine points a piece in the first half.
In the second half, Akron trimmed Ohio's lead to one on three separate occasions in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but could not overtake the Bobcats.
With Ohio leading 56-55 with 10:54 to go the Bobcats appeared to have control of the game as they opened up an eight-point lead with 9:04 remaining. Kellogg had six points during the stretch scoring a free throw, a layup and a 3-pointer in sequence.
The Zips would not go away as they held Ohio without a field goal for three minutes, evening the score at 64 apiece with 5:50 to go. Kellogg broke the scoreless streak with a 3-pointer, but the Zips fought back to tie the game again thanks to a layup by forward Demetrius Treadwell.
Akron took the lead for good at the 3:22 mark of the second half after Treadwell split a pair of free throws to make the count 68-67. Over the final three minutes, Ohio was outscored 13-10.
Quincy Diggs led the Bobcats with 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting. He along with Treadwell (19) and McAdams (10) were the three players in double figures.
The Bobcats closed out their MAC season by winning four of their final five games.
Ohio will now await its post-season fate, which will be determined over the next few days.