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Newark combo guard Jordan Dartis commits to Ohio Basketball


Per his Twitter account, 2015 Newark High School combo guard Jordan Dartis has given a verbal commitment to Ohio. The 6-3, 180-pounder has a 3-star ranking from ESPN. Dartis is the first commitment to Ohio's 2015 class.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack Basketball Recruiting Page  (BobcatAttack.com)
Video of Dartis scoring 27 points in Newark's 2014 District Final  (YouTube)




Ohio adds transfer power forward Thomas

Indianapolis native to provide depth, experience


Coach Saul Phillips recently announced the addition of Chandler Thomas to the Ohio basketball recruiting class.

Thomas, a 6-6 power forward, is a transfer from Grambling State who has graduated and thus is eligible to play right away this upcoming season. He began his basketball career at UMBC and has two seasons of eligibility remaining, having played just one year at each of the two schools.

This past season for the Tigers, Thomas averaged 8.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game. He played both as a starter and off the bench and shot 45.0 percent from the field, including 10 of 27 (37 percent) from 3-point range, and 58.9 percent at the foul line.

As a freshman for the Terriers, he put up averages of 6.0 points and 3.4... <Read More>

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack.com recruiting database  (BobcatAttack.com)
BobcatAttack.com recruiting forum  (BobcatAttack.com)




Wisconsin prep schooler Ryan Taylor signs with Ohio Basketball


St. John's Northwest Military Academy shooting guard Ryan Taylor signed with Ohio today. The 6-5 Taylor played high school basketball at Michigan City HS in Indiana. He chose the Bobcats over late interest from Michigan, Butler, Rode Island, Rutgers and Wisconsin.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack Basketball Recruiting Page  (BobcatAttack.com)
Former City basketball star Taylor signs with Ohio  (Michigan City News-Dispatch)




Ohio Basketball gets Houston transfer


Former Kettering Alter HS PG Jaaron Simmons will transfer to Ohio from the University of Houston. Simmons just completed his freshman campaign with the Cougars and will have 3 years of eligibility after sitting out the 2014-15 season. Last season for the Cougars, he played in 32 games averaging 11 minutes per contest. Simmons averaged 2 points per game while shooting 33.9% from the field.

Ohio now has 3 scholarships open for next season and could fill at least 1 more before the season starts.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack Basketball Recruiting Page  (BobcatAttack.com)
Simmons' Bio from the University of Houston  (BobcatAttack.com)




Detroit Cass Tech SG Mike Laster commits to Ohio Hoops


Ohio Basketball has received a commitment from 2014 6'4" SG Mike Laster from Detroit Cass Tech High School. He had offers from Buffalo and BG among others. Laster becomes the 2nd member of Ohio's 2014 class. The Bobcats will probably look to fill two more scholarships prior to the 2014 season.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack Basketball Recruiting Page  (BobcatAttack.com)
Mike Laster 2014 Detroit Cass Tech highlights  (YouTube)




NDSU's Phillips to be Ohio's next basketball coach


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As originally reported by the Messenger's Jason Arkley, and now confirmed by the university, North Dakota St. coach Saul Phillips will be the next basketball coach at Ohio. The 41-year-old spent 7 season at NDSU where he compiled a 134-84 record. Phillips replaces Jim Christian who left for Boston College after two seasons at Ohio.

Additional Coverage:
Saul Phillips Named Ohio Men's Basketball Head Coach  (Ohio Bobcats.com)
OU hires Saul Phillips as next coach  (The Post)
Saul Ball heading to Athens  (Athens Messenger)
Ohio Hires NDSU's Saul Phillips As Head Coach  (WOUB)
Ohio hires NDSU coach Saul Phillips  (ESPN.com)
Ohio hires Saul Phillips as new coach  (USA Today)
Phillips to bring ‘fun’ approach to Ohio  (Columbus Dispatch)




Keydets shoot 68 percent in 2nd half to down Bobcats

Ohio's season comes to end with CIT quarterfinal loss


ATHENS – Trailing by 12 with little more than three minutes remaining, Ohio had a chance to tie in the final minute but came up short – after it led by as many as 17 points in the first half – falling 92-90 to VMI in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Wednesday night at The Convo.

Though it did not matter in the final results, the Mid-American Conference career 3-point leader Nick Kellogg hit one last shot at the buzzer and finished his career with his best-ever scoring output of 30 points. Maurice Ndour had 26 points but the Bobcats (25-12) did not quite keep pace with the high-scoring Keydets (22-12).

Rodney Glasgow finished 30 points and D.J. Covington added 29 for VMI, which shot lights out after a slow start and... <Read More>





Willis helps Ohio rally past Wright State

Bobcats advance to quarterfinals of CIT


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ATHENS – With Nick Kellogg held in check and Maurice Ndour still struggling through a nagging back injury, Ohio had another player step up.

This time it was Javarez Willis, who scored 21 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining to help Ohio rally past Wright State in the second round of the College Basketball.com Tournament on Saturday at The Convo.

Though he struggled through foul trouble, Antonio Campbell finished with eight points and five rebounds in 14 minutes. Treg Setty added seven points and five boards for the Bobcats (25-11).

Wright State (21-15) was held to 32.2 percent shooting, including a 5-of-18 performance on 3-pointers after it went 9 of 15 in its first-round win against East Carolina. The Raiders shot... <Read More>

Additional Coverage:
Photos  (BobcatAttack.com)




Campbell's free throws in final seconds lift Ohio past Cleveland State

Freshman scores 11 of game-high 21 points down the stretch


ATHENS – Antonio Campbell made the most of having one more chance to play during his freshman season, scoring 11 of his team’s final 13 points, including the go-ahead free throws with less than five seconds left to lead Ohio to a 64-62 victory against Cleveland State in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Wednesday night at The Convo.

While the tournament extended the careers of Ohio’s seniors, it was the underclassmen who led the Bobcats (24-11) against the Vikings. Campbell scored 21 points to top his previous career-high by eight points, and junior Stevie Taylor and sophomore Treg Setty finished with 13 points apiece.

Bryn Forbes paced Cleveland State with 20 points and scored the game-tying free throws with 32... <Read More>





Bobcats accept bid to play in CIT

Ohio hosts Cleveland State in 1st round


ATHENS – Ohio accepted a bid to play in the CollegeInside.com Tournament and will host Cleveland State in the first round at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Convo.

The CIT features 32 mid-major teams not selected to either the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitation Tournament. After losing to Akron in the Mid-American Conference tournament quarterfinals, the Bobcats (23-11) reportedly were considered for the NIT but ultimately left out.

"Our men's basketball program is excited to participate in a school-record fifth-straight post-season tournament," Ohio University director of athletics Jim Schaus said. "The CIT will provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to compete for a championship while gaining valuable experience in post-season... <Read More>





Akron goes on late run to down Ohio

Bobcats go cold for 8 minutes in 2nd half


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CLEVELAND – Akron went on a late 19-3 run to turn an eight-point deficit into an 83-77 victory against Ohio in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Bobcats led most of the game and threatened to run away with a 64-56 advantage with less than nine minutes remaining but managed only one basket for nearly eight minutes and the fourth-seeded Zips forged ahead and into a semifinal matchup against No. 1 Western Michigan.

“They brought their ‘A’ game. We brought ours,” Akron coach Keith Dambrot said. “There haven’t been a whole lot of games where we’ve scored 80.”

Nick Kellogg led all players with 25 points and six assists, while Javarez Willis scored 13 points and Maurice Ndour had 11... <Read More>





Bobcats top RedHawks for the 7th straight time

Ohio advances to face another rival in quarterfinals


CLEVELAND – Nick Kellogg scored 20 points and Ohio held off Miami and pulled away in the final minute to beat the RedHawks for the seventh straight time, earning a 63-55 victory Wednesday night in the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena.

Geovonie McKnight scored two free throws with 38 seconds remaining to get Miami within a point, 56-55, but Kellogg beat the RedHawks’ press and converted a three-point play seven seconds later. The fifth-seeded Bobcats (23-10) then closed out the game at the foul line to advance to the quarterfinals against No. 4 Akron on Thursday night.

Javarez Willis continued his run of sound outings with 13 points, while Ndour had 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds in 24... <Read More>





Ohio starts fast to run away from Ball State

Bobcats down Cardinals in 1st round of MAC Tournament


ATHENS – Ohio scored 20 straight points early in the first half and coasted to a 76-64 victory against Ball State in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Monday night at The Convo.

Leading 5-4 three minutes into the game, the Bobcats held the Cardinals scoreless for more than five minutes and led by double digits the rest of the way.

Nick Kellogg scored 17 points and became the MAC’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 279 while also passing out five assists. In a balanced Ohio effort, Javarez Willis scored 15 points and had five assists, Travis Wilkins finished with 14 points and Antonio Campbell tallied 12 points.

Zavier Turner led the Cardinals (5-25, 2-16 MAC) with 14 points, though he was just 4 of 12 from... <Read More>





Ndour basket forces OT; Bobcats top RedHawks

Back from injury, forward scores 14 of his 15 points after halftime


OXFORD – Maurice Ndour scored the game-tying bucket with 1.8 seconds left in regulation and Ohio topped Miami, 82-76, in overtime on Saturday at Millet Hall.

Missed free throws by the RedHawks gave the Bobcats multiple opportunities and they finally cashed in on their last chance. With five seconds left after a miss by Quinten Rollins on the front end of a one-and-one and a timeout, Antonio Campbell passed all the way up the court from under his own basket to Ndour on the right wing. He took it one-on-one past a defender for a layup to tie the game at 68.

Ndour, who has been bothered by a back injury and sat out the last game, came off the bench against the RedHawks and played only 17 minutes, but he scored 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting and... <Read More>





Kellogg scores 25 points to lead short-handed Bobcats past Falcons

Ohio improves to 6-2 in MAC road games


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BOWLING GREEN – Coming off two straight home losses and with three starters out of the lineup, Ohio’s season seemed to be falling apart, but the road warrior Bobcats came through Tuesday night with a 72-61 victory against Bowling Green at the Stroh Center.

Coming off a two-point performance in a loss to Kent State, Nick Kellogg scored 25 points against the Falcons. Javarez Willis, playing all but four minutes in place of the injured Stevie Taylor, scored 16 points and had five assists, and Antonio Campbell, starting for Maurice Ndour, finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

“Our team is very resilient,” Ohio coach Jim Christian said. “Our team never quits though injuries and all the other stuff. Not many teams this late in the year miss... <Read More>

Additional Coverage:
Photos  (BobcatAttack.com)




Bobcats drop 2nd straight at home

Kent State goes on early 17-0 run to coast past Ohio


ATHENS – Kent State went on an early 17-0 run and coasted to a 75-61 victory that gave Ohio back-to-back losses for the first time all season Saturday at The Convo.

Devareaux Manley and Derek Jackson scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, and Kris Brewer had 12 points for the Golden Flashes (16-13, 7-9 Mid-American Conference).

Travis Wilkins was the only Ohio player in double figures with 14 points.

It ruined the Bobcats’ Senior Day, in which injured senior Ricardo Johnson started ceremoniously and was removed from the game immediately. It also gave Ohio its first losing conference record in MAC home games in 16 years at 4-5 and means the Bobcats (19-10, 9-7 MAC) likely will have to win their final two games on the road to have any chance... <Read More>





Comeback effort falls short against Bulls

Ohio misses pair of potential game-tying 3-pointers


ATHENS – Ohio’s second half deficit proved to be a little too much this time.

The Bobcats missed a pair of potential game-tying 3-pointers and their attempt to come back from 17 points down in the second half fell short, 69-64, against Buffalo in a game that is sure to play a major factor in Mid-American Conference tournament seeding Wednesday night at The Convo.

With Buffalo leading 68-65, Javarez Willis missed from beyond the arc with 26 seconds left but forced Jarod Oldham to miss a layup on the other end, giving Ohio another shot. T.J. Hall’s attempt was an air ball and Shannon Evans closed out the win for Buffalo with two free throws in the final second.

A win would have given the Bobcats their eighth straight win against the Bulls, a... <Read More>





Ohio bounces back with blowout win against short-handed Akron

Smith posts double-double as Bobcats coast past rival


AKRON – Ohio led by double digits the entire second half and rolled past short-handed Akron, 66-50, on Saturday evening at James A. Rhodes Arena.

The Bobcats led 36-20 at halftime and never were challenged by the Zips, who had won four straight in the rivalry series.

Jon Smith posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Travis Wilkins went 3 of 3 on 3-pointers and scored 14 points and Nick Kellogg finished with 11 points for Ohio (19-8, 9-5 Mid-American Conference).

Demetrius Treadwell and Quincy Diggs each scored 13 points but combined to go 7 of 30 from the field. Deji Ibitayo also scored 13 points, but it was not nearly enough to replace the production of injured sharpshooters Reggie McAdams and Jake Kretzer and suspended... <Read More>





Broncos have big 2nd half vs. Bobcats again

Brown scores 23 to lead Western Michigan


ATHENS – There was no second-half comeback this time.

Western Michigan led nearly from start to finish to top Ohio for the second time this season, 73-63, on Wednesday night at The Convo.

After the Bobcats scored the opening basket, the Broncos went on a 10-0 run and never trailed again.

“I could just see the guys’ facial expressions and body language,” Ohio coach Jim Christian said. “The guys just didn’t play with the energy they needed to to even attempt to win this basketball game.”

David Brown led Western Michigan (17-8, 10-3 Mid-American Conference) with 23 points, Connar Tava had 18 points and Shayne Whittington posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Nick Kellogg scored 20 points and Maurice Ndour had 14 for Ohio... <Read More>





Campbell huge in another Ohio comeback

Freshman scores Bobcats' final 6 points, grabs 6 rebounds


BUFFALO, N.Y. – One more time, Ohio found a way to come back from a double-digit second-half deficit, and that way was through freshman Antonio Campbell.

Campbell scored the Bobcats’ final six points to help them earn a 73-70 victory Saturday at Alumni Arena, the Bulls’ first loss in 11 games on their home court this year.

Averaging only 6.3 minutes and 1.6 points per game, Campbell made the most of his extended opportunity, grabbing six rebounds and adding two assists and a steal in 13 minutes. Nick Kellogg and Maurice Ndour had 17 points each for Ohio (18-7, 8-4 Mid-American Conference).

Jevon McCrea paced Buffalo (14-8, 8-4 MAC) with 18 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Shannon Evans scored 13 points off the bench and Joshua... <Read More>





Pierson helps Rockets hold off Bobcats

Senior finishes with 29 points with leading scorer sitting out


TOLEDO – Ohio made a run at Toledo in the second half but Toledo held on to beat the Bobcats, 82-76, for a split of the season series Wednesday night at Savage Arena.

The Rockets led for all but about four minutes, answering a second-half Bobcats run with one of their own.

Nick Kellogg scored 21 points and five assists, while Travis Wilkins, in his first start, scored 17 points and had eight rebounds. He filled in for T.J. Hall, who was suspended for one game by coach Jim Christian because of an unspecified academic issue. Ohio (17-7, 7-4 Mid-American Conference) also played the final 6:50 without Stevie Taylor, who went out with a calf injury. John Smith posted his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Also... <Read More>





Wilkins, Kellogg lead Ohio's comeback effort

Bobcats erase another big 2nd-half deficit to beat RedHawks


ATHENS – For the fifth time this year, Ohio came back from a double-digit deficit to earn a victory, rallying from 16 down to beat Miami, 82-75, on Saturday at The Convo.

Nick Kellogg and Travis Wilkins were the catalysts, scoring 27 and 23 points, respectively, while Maurice Ndour had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats (17-6, 7-3 Mid-American Conference).

Bill Edwards and Will Felder scored 19 each and Jaryd Eustace scored 14 points for the RedHawks (9-12, 5-5 MAC).

Miami led by as many as 18 points late in the first half and held a 47-32 advantage at the break. Their biggest lead of the second half was 54-38 on a Willie Moore layup with 15:16 remaining.

Kellogg began an Ohio 12-1 run with a 3-pointer that was followed by an... <Read More>





Western Michigan shoots nearly 60 percent, runs away late

Four Broncos finish with 18 or more points


KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan shot 59.6 percent in the game and outscored Ohio 36-17 over the final 9:15 to run away with a 90-74 victory at University Arena on Wednesday night.

Stevie Taylor hit a 3-pointer with 9:27 to give Ohio a 57-54 lead, but Western Michigan dominated the rest of the half.

Maurice Ndour led the Bobcats (16-6, 6-3 Mid-American Conference) with 20 points, Nick Kellogg scored 13 points and T.J. Hall and Taylor scored 12 points apiece.

Austin Richie finished with 22 points, David Brown added 20 points and Shayne Whittington and Connor Tava had 18 points each for the Broncos (13-8, 6-3 MAC).

Ohio was in control in the first half, going ahead 25-14 on a Javarez Willis 3-pointer with 8:53 remaining. Taylor later hit... <Read More>





Ndour, Taylor combine for 51 to help Bobcats top Rockets in OT

Kellogg dishes out career-high 9 assists


ATHENS – Maurice Ndour and Stevie Taylor both scored career highs with 28 and 23 points, respectively, and Ohio came out on top of a back-and-forth game against Toledo, 95-90, on Saturday at The Convo.

For the third straight game, the Bobcats rallied from a second-half deficit, and for the second time this year, Ohio was unable to hold a lead in the final minute and had to go to overtime. The Rockets led by 11 with less than nine minutes remaining and Ohio had a five-point advantage with 50 seconds left in regulation.

Julius Brown had 28 points and seven assists to lead the Rockets, who also got 16 from J.D. Weatherspoon, 14 from Jonathan Williams off the bench and 12 from Justin Drummond.

Nick Kellogg had 18 points and a career-high nine... <Read More>





Ohio rallies from double-digit deficit again

Bobcats come back from 18 down against Chippewas


ATHENS - For the second straight game, Ohio came back from a double-digit second half deficit, coming back from 18 down against Central Michigan for a 71-67 victory Wednesday night at The Convo.

The Bobcats trailed 48-30 with 14:40 remaining but outscored the Chippewas 41-19 the rest of the way.

Maurice Ndour paced Ohio (15-5, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Nick Kellogg managed 15 points despite a 1-of-8 3-point shooting night. Jon Smith had 10 points and nine boards.

Chris Fowler scored 19 points to lead Central Michigan (7-12, 0-7 MAC). Braylon Rayson scored 15 points, while John Simons and Austin Stewart added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

"It comes from believing in the system and believing in... <Read More>





Willis hits go-ahead 3-pointer in come-from-behind win

Taylor, Willis carry Bobcats on tough offensive night


YPSILANTI, Mich. – Javarez Willis hit the go-ahead 3-pointer and Ohio finished on a 12-1 run to rally in a game it trailed nearly the entire way, winning 58-56 on Saturday at Eastern Michigan.

The Bobcats trailed 55-46 with four minutes remaining but surrendered just a free throw to overcome a difficult shooting game against the Eagles’ zone defense.

While Ohio’s point guards have struggled offensively, Willis and Stevie Taylor led the way against Eastern Michigan. Willis’ 3-pointer with 27 seconds left gave him 12 points for the game and gave the Bobcats a 58-55 lead. Taylor fouled out with almost five minutes remaining but led the way with 14 points. Nick Kellogg also scored 12 points.

Taylor and Willis, who came in shooting a combined... <Read More>





Falcons edge Bobcats at Convo

Kellogg's 3-pointer at buzzer misses


ATHENS – Nick Kellogg missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Ohio fell to Bowling Green, 58-56, on Wednesday night at The Convo.

T.J. Hall, who led the Bobcats with 15 points, drained a 3-pointer to get Ohio within two and Jehvon Clarke missed on the front end of a one-and-one to give the Bobcats a chance to tie or win, but Kellogg’s contested shot came up short.

"It's a screen play we run for Kellogg,” Ohio coach Jim Christian said. “I have to look at it, but it looked like they both ran out at him. So, if that happens, we would hit Maurice (Ndour) with a pass. I don't know if he was open or not. I'll have to look at the tape. Those situations are tough. It was good defense by them, but it was our late-game execution defensively that was... <Read More>





Big 2nd half runs lead Ohio past Northern Illinois

Bobcats limit Huskies to 29.2 percent shooting


DeKALB, Ill. – Ohio used a strong second half to run away with a 65-46 road victory against Northern Illinois on Saturday night.

Down 26-25 after the teams traded baskets to start the second half, the Bobcats used a 14-2 run to get separation.

Nick Kellogg led the way with 16 points and Ohio (13-4, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) got balance after that. Maurice Ndour finished with 10 points, Javarez Willis scored nine and T.J. Hall had eight.

Aaron Armstead scored 14 and Travon Baker added 12 for the Huskies (7-9, 1-3 MAC).

Hall hit a 3-pointer to put Ohio on top for good, Stevie Taylor added a layup and Hall completed a three-point play in the first two minutes of the second half. Following an Armstead basket, Kellogg drained back-to-back... <Read More>





Bobcats shut down Cardinals, 71-51

Ndour scored 16; Hall adds 13


ATHENS – Ohio limited Ball State to 32.6 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers, gradually pulling away for a 71-51 victory against Ball on Wednesday night at The Convo.

Maurice Ndour scored 16 points, T.J. Hall contributed 13 points and Travis Wilkins finished with 10 for the Bobcats (12-4, 2-1 Mid-American Conference).

Chris Bond paced the Cardinals (3-11, 0-3 MAC) with 14 points, while Zavier Turner added 10 points.

Ohio led 27-21 at halftime and began the second half with a 7-2 run to take a double-digit lead.

Ball State stayed within 10 until Nick Kellogg hit a jumper and Javarez Willis drained a 3-pointer to give the Bobcats a 15-point lead midway through the second half.

Wilkins had a three-point play and assisted on a Stevie... <Read More>





Diggs leads Zips past Bobcats in double overtime

Ohio blows leads in 2nd half, first OT


ATHENS – Nick Kellogg missed a pair of 3-point tries in the final five seconds and Akron knocked off Ohio for the fourth straight time, 83-80, in double overtime on Sunday night at The Convo.

Led by Quincy Diggs’ 20 points, the Zips overcame a nine-point second-half deficit and a six-point hole with less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime.

Maurice Ndour scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Bobcats (11-4, 1-1 Mid-American Conference). Kellogg had 19 points and Travis Wilkins contributed 14 points. Jon Smith scored only five points but had a team-high seven rebounds and eight blocks.

Demetrius Treadwell had 16 points, while Jake Kretzer and Pat Forsythe scored 11 apiece for the Zips (10-5, 2-0 MAC). Nick Harney added 10... <Read More>





Ohio goes on late run to win at Kent State

Kellogg scores 19 in MAC opener


KENT – Ohio used a 15-4 run late in the second half to come away with a 59-53 victory against Kent State to open Mid-American Conference play Wednesday night at the MAC Center.

Nick Kellogg had 19 points, six rebounds and three steals to lead the Bobcats (11-3). Despite foul trouble, Maurice Ndour had nine points and five rebounds, while Travis Wilkins scored eight points and grabbed seven boards.

Devareaux Manley paced the Golden Flashes (9-5) with 13 points, while Mark Henninger had 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds. Leading scorers Kris Brewer and Derek Jackson were held to six and three points, respectively, and combined to shoot 3 of 22 as Kent State shot just 28.3 percent as a team.

Manley hit a 3-pointer to give Kent State... <Read More>





Ndour, Kellogg lead Ohio's 2nd-half surge

Bobcats come back from double-digit deficit to win at UNC Asheville


ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Ohio rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to top UNC Asheville, 79-70, to close out non-conference play Saturday at Kimmel Arena.

Maurice Ndour scored 24 points and added 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks and Nick Kellogg scored 23 points and had nine boards for the Bobcats (10-3).

Andrew Rowsey had a career-high 28 points for the Bulldogs (6-8).

After trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half, Ohio scored the first nine points of the second half to draw within three on an Ndour dunk at the 14:34 mark.

Rowsey drained a 3-pointer, but it did not deter the Bobcats’ momentum. They scored seven in a row, tying the game on a Travis Wilkins trey and then going up 47-46 with 12:14 remaining on an Antonio... <Read More>





Ohio dominates 2nd half against Longwood

Bobcats hold 46-15 advantage after break


ATHENS – Ohio made its first six 3-pointers of the second half and rolled past Longwood, 78-43, on Monday night at The Convo.

Leading just 32-28 at halftime, the Bobcats (9-3) outscored the Lancers 46-15 in the second half.

Nick Kellogg scored 17 points to lead six Ohio players who finished with nine or more points. T.J. Hall had 14 points and Ricardo Johnson and Stevie Taylor tallied 11 apiece.

Jeylani Dublin led the Lancers (5-9) with 14 points, while Tristan Carey, entering with an average of 20 points per game, was held to seven.

Taylor got Ohio’s second half going with a 3-pointer on the opening possession. Maurice Ndour, who finished with 10 points, added a dunk and a layup to extend the lead to double digits.

Ohio’s lead was just... <Read More>





Kellogg's 3-pointer gives Ohio overtime win at Richmond

Bobcats rally from 10-point second-half deficit


RICHMOND, Va. – Nick Kellogg’s 3-pointer with nine seconds left in overtime gave Ohio a 70-69 victory against Richmond on Sunday at the Robins Center.

Ohio (8-3) trailed by 10 early in the second half, rallied to take the lead but Kendall Anthony’s jumper with 22 seconds left in regulation tied the game and Kellogg missed a jumper at the buzzer.

Maurice Ndour led the Bobcats with 19 points and seven rebounds. Kellogg and Ricardo Johnson finished with 14 points apiece.

Cedrick Lindsay led the Spiders (8-4) with 23 points but missed a floater in the final seconds of overtime. Anthony scored 17 points.

Ndour scored in the paint on a goaltend call to give Ohio a 67-65 advantage with less than two minutes left in the extra period, but Lindsey... <Read More>





UMass stays unbeaten with 83-71 victory

Minutemen get balanced offensive game, shoot 61.5 percent


ATHENS – No. 20 UMass shot 61.5 percent, including 65.4 percent in the first half, building a double digit lead and cruising to an 83-71 victory against Ohio on Wednesday night at The Convo.

Maxie Esho’s 16 points led seven Minutemen with seven or more points. He added 10 rebounds. Sampson Carter scored 14 points and Derrick Gordon finished with 13. Leading scorer Chaz Williams was held to 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting but dished out 11 assists.

Maurice Ndour led the Bobcats (7-3) with 16 points, while Nick Kellogg scored 12 and Stevie Taylor had nine. Jon Smith had a team-best eight rebounds and eight points for Ohio, which shot 41.8 percent.

After trailing 45-34 at halftime, Ohio got as close as 53-47 with 16:12 remaining on a Taylor... <Read More>





Alabama A&M held to 27.8 percent shooting as Ohio rolls

Ndour, Hall and Willis each scored 12


ATHENS – Ohio used a 14-0 run late in the second half to pull away and cruise to a 72-47 victory against Alabama A&M on Saturday at The Convo.

Leading 16-14 with nine minutes remaining, the Bobcats held the Bulldogs scoreless for almost five minutes, taking a 30-14 lead on a steal and layup by T.J. Hall.

Hall, Maurice Ndour and Javarez Willis scored 12 points each for the Bobcats (7-2). Jeremy Crutcher and Demarquelle Tabb finished with 11 apiece for the Bulldogs (3-5).

Ohio led 37-22 at the break and kept Alabama A&M off the scoreboard in the second half for four minutes, pushing its lead to 41-22.

The Bulldogs also went scoreless for more than three minutes late in the second half, allowing the Bobcats to push their lead to 61-38 on an... <Read More>





Ohio offense cold in loss at Oakland

Bobcats shoot 37 percent, commit 18 turnovers


ROCHESTER, Mich. – Ohio shot 36.8 percent and committed 18 turnovers in a 73-56 loss to Oakland on Saturday at the Athletic Center O’Rena.

With the game tied at 37 with 13 minutes remaining, Oakland went on a 12-0 run and Ohio did not get closer than nine the rest of the way.

Nick Kellogg scored 18 points and Stevie Taylor had 14 points for the Bobcats (6-2). Duke Monday and Kahlil Felder scored 13 apiece as six Grizzlies scored between 11 and 13 to account for all of their points.

Ohio was the team with the dominant defensive effort early, leading 21-10 with 4:43 remaining. But Oakland (2-7) rallied to tie the game at 25 before halftime on a steal and dunk by Dante Williams.

The Bobcats also surged ahead in the second half, taking a 35-29... <Read More>





Ohio slows down Evansville, rolls to win

Bobcats limit high-scoring Purple Aces to 37.7 percent shooting


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ATHENS – Ohio had seven players score eight or more points and cruised to an 81-59 victory against Evansville on Saturday afternoon at The Convo.

The Bobcats (6-1) built a 42-26 halftime lead and had an advantage as big as 77-43 with 7:15 remaining.

Nick Kellogg’s 13 points led Ohio’s balanced effort, while Javarez Willis and Richardo Johnson finished with 12 points apiece.

Egidiju Mockevicius had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Evansville (5-2). D.J. Balentine, who came in averaging 27 points per game, was held to 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting. The Purple Aces, averaging 82.8 points per game and shooting 51.8 percent from the field, were limited to 37.7 percent shooting.

“I was really proud of our guys,” Ohio coach Jim Christian said... <Read More>





Ndour, Smith lead Ohio past Mercer

Bobcats grab 18 offensive rebounds in win


ATHENS – Ohio closed the first half on a 30-12 run and carried that momentum into the second half to take a 76-67 victory against Mercer on Tuesday night at The Convo.

Maurice Ndour had 23 points and added 11 rebounds and, one game after setting a career high with 17 points, Jon Smith scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.

Langston Hall had 24 points for Mercer and his jumper midway through the first half gave his team an 18-9 advantage, but Smith put back a miss to spark Ohio’s run.

Ndour finally tied the game at 21 with two free throws at the 5:59 mark and T.J. Hall stroked two from the foul line to give Ohio the lead.

With the game tied at 25, Ndour drained a 3-pointer to put the Bobcats on top... <Read More>





Bobcats overcome slow start, roll past Student Princes

Ohio outscores Heidelberg 63-33 over the final 29 minutes


ATHENS – Ohio overcame a sluggish start to blow out Division III Heidelberg, 85-57, at The Convo on Saturday.

The Bobcats trailed 24-22 more than midway through the first half but outscored the Student Princes 63-33 the rest of the game.

Nick Kellogg caught fire late in the first half and finished with a game-high 18 points, while Jon Smith made 7 of 8 shots and scored 11 of his career-high 17 points after halftime. Ricardo Johnson and T.J. Hall added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Only 11 minutes into the game, Mike Petrie hit his fourth 3-pointer of the afternoon to put Heidelberg (1-2) on top 24-22.

Two minutes later, Kellogg hit a pair of free throws and then drained a 3-pointer to start a 14-0 run. He added another trey and a layup... <Read More>





Taylor hits game-winner in Ohio win at Morgan State

Bobcats win first non-conference road game in nearly 2 years


BALTIMORE – Stevie Taylor scored a layup through contact and knocked down the free throw with 2.2 seconds left to give Ohio a 65-62 victory at Morgan State on Wednesday night.

The Bobcats (3-1) trailed most of the game but led 62-60 on a Maurice Ndour jumper at the 1:59 mark. With 38 seconds left, Justin Black missed twice at the foul line, but Anthony Hubbard put back the second miss to knot the game at 62 and give Ohio the last possession.

Ndour led Ohio with 13 points and eight rebounds. Javarez Willis had his best game for Ohio, scoring 11 points. Jon Smith and Taylor finished with nine apiece with all of Smith’s coming after halftime.

Black and Ian Chiles scored 17 points each for the Bears (0-4).

A 3-pointer by Black gave Morgan... <Read More>





Ndour, Ohio start fast, hold off Valparaiso

Bobcats make 8 of 9 shots to start, score final 6 points of game


ATHENS – Ohio connected on eight of its first nine shots to build a lead and then scored the final six points to hold off Valparaiso, 76-72, on Sunday at The Convo.

Maurice Ndour scored 23 points and added six rebounds, five blocks and four steals to lead the Bobcats (2-1). Nick Kellogg drained four 3-pointers and scored 16 points and Ricardo Johnson and T.J. Hall each finished with 11 points.

LaVonte Dority had 20 points to lead the Crusaders (2-2).

Ndour scored 13 points in the first half, including his team’s first nine points, as Ohio built a 40-28 advantage.

“I was able to find my spots and get some open shots,” Ndour said. “I took the shots when I found myself in good position.”

The Bobcats led by as many as 16 points on a fast break... <Read More>





Columbus natives lead Bobcats in loss to Buckeyes

Ohio State starts fast, holds off Ohio rally


COLUMBUS – Columbus natives Stevie Taylor and Nick Kellogg combined for 42 points but 10th-ranked Ohio State overcame Ohio, 79-69, by cashing in a school-record 38 times at the foul line Tuesday night at Value City Arena.

Ohio State (2-0) scored the game’s first nine points and led the entire way. Ohio got as close as five on a Maurice Ndour putback with 4:03 remaining, but the Buckeyes closed out the game at the foul line.

Five Ohio forwards fouled out and the Buckeyes went to the foul line 51 times.

Taylor and Kellogg each scored 21 points. Ndour had 10 points and nine rebounds.

"Obviously growing up in Columbus and my pops being who he is, I guess this is home," Kellogg said. "But at the end of the day, I prefer Athens. But it was nice... <Read More>





Kellogg, Ndour lead Bobcats to season-opening win

Ohio tops Northern Iowa before crowed of 11,162


ATHENS – Nick Kellogg scored 14 of Ohio’s final 16 points as the Bobcats pulled away from Northern Iowa in the final minutes for a 75-64 season-opening victory before a crowd of 11,162 on Saturday at The Convo.

Kellogg finished with 16 points, while Maurice Ndour led the Bobcats with 20 points, Ricardo Johnson scored 14 and Stevie Taylor had 10 points and eight assists.

"Everybody who stepped on the floor for us did some things they can improve on and did some things that helped us win the game," Ohio coach Jim Christian said. "The game is played so fast that everybody has got to contribute if you want to have a good team.”

Deon Mitchell’s layup with 3:26 remaining got the Panthers to within four, but after a missed 3-pointer by Kellogg... <Read More>





Taylor sparks Bobcats to exhibition win

Point guard scores 10 points, leads team with 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals


ATHENS – Ohio held Ashland to 33.6 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers in a dominant defensive effort as the Bobcats won their only exhibition game, 66-44, on Saturday at The Convo.

Ohio led 37-22 at halftime and scored 12 straight points after the Eagles scored the opening point of the second half.

Seven Ohio players played between 17 and 27 minutes and six of them scored seven or more points, led by Nick Kellogg’s 12 points. Ricardo Johnson finished with 11 points, while Stevie Taylor had 10 points and team-highs of seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.

“A lot of new guys on the team had to get in this type of environment so they can correct some things,” Ohio coach Jim Christian said. “But it was good to see our team get 19... <Read More>





JUCO wing Morillo-Lajara commits to Ohio Hoops


JUCO Junction is reporting that Monroe College (New Rochelle, NY) 6'6" wing Nehemias Morillo-Lajara has committed to Ohio. He was a teammate with current Bobcat Maurice Ndour at Monroe last year where he averaged 6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game. A native of the Dominican Republic, Morilla-Lajara played high school ball at Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA). Morillo-Lajara visited Ohio Homecoming weekend and becomes the 4th commitment to Ohio's 2014 class. The Bobcats now have one scholarship left to give for 2014.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack Basketball Recruiting Database  (BobcatAttack.com)




Ohio Basketball adds late signee for 2013


Ohio Basketball has made a late change to its roster with the addition of Egg Harbor Township (NJ) High School small forward Khari Harley. The 6-8 Harley averaged 18.4 points and 5 rebounds as a senior shooting 44% from the field (50% on two-point attempts) and 84% at the FT line. As a junior, he averaged 11 points and 4.1 rebounds and shot 48% from the floor (50% on two-point attempts).

The scholarship opened up when Ohio parted ways with Kansas transfer Anrio Adams who never enrolled for the Fall semester.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack Basketball Recruiting Database  (BobcatAttack.com)
Egg Harbor Township's Khari Harley commits to Division I Ohio for basketball  (Press of Atlantic City)
Farley's High School Statistics  (MaxPreps.com)




Ohio Basketball gets verbal from Tariq Owens


Multiple news outlets are reporting that Ohio has received a verbal commitment from 2014 power forward prospect Tariq Owens from St. Vincent Pallotti (Laurel, MD) High School. The 6-9, 190-pounder chose the Bobcats over offers from Miami (FL), VCU, Temple, South Florida, Richmond, Florida Gulf Coast and heavy interest from Georgetown. Owens is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals and Scout and becomes the first commitment to Ohio's 2014 signing class.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack Basketball Recruiting Database  (BobcatAttack.com)
Owens gives Bobcats verbal commitment  (Athens Messenger)
Forward Owens Commits To Ohio  (WOUB)
Team 5 #177 Tariq Owens, 6'8, 2014 St Vincent Palotti MD  (YouTube)
Tariq Owens Highlights against Mount Saint Joseph  (YouTube)
Pallotti forward Tariq Owens talks about his Ohio University pledge  (Baltimore Sun)





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