ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men’s basketball team (18-8, 8-5) suffered a 73-63 setback to Western Michigan (17-8, 10-3) on Wednesday night (Feb. 19) at the Convocation Center.
The Broncos earned the victory thanks to advantages in rebounds (34-28), points in the paint (40-28) and second chance points (27-9) while the Bobcats led in bench scoring (21-2). The Broncos shot 50.0 percent (28-56) for the game and grabbed 14 offensive rebounds in the contest.
Ohio shot a solid 47.2 percent (25-53) for the contest, but made just 7-of-25 3-point attempts (.280) and committed 17 turnovers in the game.
Senior guard Nick Kellogg led Ohio with 20 points, 17 of which came in the second half. The Westerville, Ohio, native knocked down 4-of-9 3-point attempts and is now just seven away from tying D.J. Cooper for the most all time at Ohio (274). It marked Kellogg's fifth 20-point effort of the season.
Junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) knocked down 7-of-11 shots to finish with 14 points while adding three assists and two blocks. Altogether, 10 Bobcats tallied points in the loss, and five members of the Green & White compiled multiple assists.
Ohio jumped on the board first via a Ndour basket, but Western Michigan seized momentum responding with a 10-0 run to give the team an early 8-point advantage on the Bobcats. The Broncos sustained the lead for the remainder of the half, registering their largest advantage (31-18) with 5:21 left to play in the stanza.
Ohio showed promise holding Western Michigan scoreless for the last five minutes of the first half as it closed the period on a 7-0 run to cut the Broncos’ lead to six (31-25) at the break.
Western Michigan sprinted out to a 10-point lead (35-25) to start the second half, but Ohio pieced together another 7-0 run to pull within three (35-32) with 16:20 to play. The Bobcats could not inch any closer as the Broncos responded with a 10-0 run, increasing their lead to 13 (45-32) with 13:30 to play. Western Michigan’s largest lead reached 17 (72-55) at the 1:00 mark of the second half.
The Bobcats dropped to 11-4 at home this season, while the Broncos improved to 4-6 in road contests.
Ohio looks to rebound on the road as the Bobcats travel to face division rival Akron (17-9, 9-4) on Saturday (Feb. 22). The Bobcats will try to avenge their double-overtime loss to the Zips on Jan. 12. Time Warner Cable SportsChannel/ESPN3 will air the game from James A. Rhodes Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.