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Buffalo snaps Ohio's win streak with 86-66 blowout

Mballa, Bulls have huge 1st half to win easy

ATHENS – Ohio’s six-game winning streak came to a screeching halt with an 86-66 loss to Buffalo on Saturday at The Convo.

Josh Mballa scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half when the Bulls (12-7, 10-5 Mid-American Conference) built a 52-32 advantage. David Nickelberry had 16 points, and Jayvon Graces finished with 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Ben Roderick paced the Bobcats (13-7, 9-5 MAC) with 15 points. Jason Preston had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds but also five turnovers. Lunden McDay reached double figures with 10 points.

Buffalo shot 60% from the field in the first half and led by 30 in the middle of the second half.

"We ran into a team that was ready," Boals said. "They threw the first punch, and we... <Read More>

Win streak reaches 6 as Bobcats run away from Eagles

Preston, Wilson make impacts in return

ATHENS – Back to full strength, Ohio rolled to its sixth straight victory and clinched a spot in the Mid-American Conference tournament, beating Eastern Michigan 86-67 on Thursday afternoon at The Convo.

After missing Tuesday’s win against Akron, Jason Preston was back in the starting lineup and nearly delivered a triple-double with eight points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Dwight Wilson III was back, too, coming off the bench and putting up 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting with six rebounds in 20 minutes.

Ben Roderick had 17 points, Lunden McDay tallied 14 points, and Ben Vander Plas had 13 points – including the 1,000th of his career – seven rebounds and eight assists for the Bobcats (13-6, 9-4 MAC).

"It's a blessing," Vander Plas said... <Read More>

Bobcats return with bang by blowing out Zips

Ohio wins big despite missing 2 leading scorers

ATHENS – Nothing could stop Ohio in its return to the court after a three-week break because of COVID-19 issues.

The Bobcats showed no signs of rust and overcame the absences of its two leading scorers while blowing out one of the Mid-American Conference’s top teams, Akron, 90-73, on Tuesday afternoon in the 700th men's basketball game at The Convo.

Ohio (12-6, 8-4 MAC) had not played since Feb. 2 but extended its winning streak to five games by avenging an earlier 20-point loss to the Zips (14-5, 12-4 MAC).

It was a team effort for the Bobcats, who had five players in double figures and two more with at least eight points. Ben Roderick and Ben Vander Plas scored 17 points each, while freshman Mark Sears came close to a triple-double with... <Read More>

Bobcats put 6 in double figures in win over Chippewas

Ohio gets first win at Central Michigan in 8 years

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Six players scored in double figures, and Ohio picked up its first road win at Central Michigan in eight years with an 83-69 victory Tuesday night at McGuirk Arena.

Jason Preston led the Bobcats in their fourth straight win with 17 pounds, 11 rebounds and six assists, and Dwight Wilson III had a double-double of 14 pounds and 10 boards.

Ohio (11-6, 7-4 Mid-American Conference) led 32-20 late in the first half, saw that advantage shrink to four points by halftime and then trailed 44-42 early in the second half. The Bobcats scored 10 consecutive points after that and eventually pulled away.

"I'm really proud of our guys for their defensive effort," Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. "The way Central plays, they try to speed... <Read More>

Wilson's putback helps Ohio hold off Buffalo

Bobcats come up with defensive stops to win 76-75

AMHERST, N.Y. – Dwight Wilson III scored on a putback with 25 seconds remaining, and Ohio held off Buffalo 76-75 on Friday night at Alumni Arena.

Wilson, who scored a game-high 21 points, grabbed Ben Vander Plas’ miss and put it in off the backboard. Vander Plas blocked Jeenathan Williams’ shot, and Wilson recovered and was fouled. He missed on the front end of the one-and-one with 11 seconds to go, and Ronaldo Segu missed a highly contested 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Ben Roderick added 17 points, and Jason Preston had 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Bobcats (10-6, 6-4 Mid-American Conference). Lunden McDay added 10 points.

"I'm super proud of our guys," Ohio coach Jeff Boals. "Last year, we were in a very, very similar... <Read More>

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