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Ohio wins Bobcat Battle title with win over Alabama State

Clayton has double-double, Brown scores 18


ATHENS – Ohio won the Bobcat Battle championship by beating Alabama State 72-58 on Sunday afternoon at The Convo.

Miles Brown scored 18 points, and with Dwight Wilson sitting out, AJ Clayton had his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bobcats (3-3). Ben Roderick came off the bench to score 11 points.

Ohio shot 48.6% in the first half to build a 45-27 lead and then held off the Hornets (1-7). Alabama State won its first game of the year a day earlier by beating Eastern Illinois 67-58 at The Convo.

With the Bobcats going cold in the second half, the Hornets got as close as 56-49 with 9:05 remaining on an Antonio Madlock steal and layup. Another steal gave them a chance to get even closer, but Clayton blocked a... <Read More>





Bench provides spark in Bobcats' victory

Ohio runs away from Eastern Illinois in 2nd half


ATHENS – Ohio had strong games from Ben Roderick and Aidan Hadaway off the bench and pulled away in the second half for a 78-67 victory against Eastern Illinois on Friday at The Convo.

Roderick scored 15 points in 21 minutes, with Hadaway adding 11 points in 14 minutes. Starters Miles Brown (14 points) and Dwight Wilson (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Bobcats (2-3).

The Panthers (1-5) led early in the second half 43-40 on a Yaakema Rose 3-pointer and tied the game at 45 on a Rose basket in the paint, before the Bobcats began to take over.

Wilson scored, followed by an AJ Clayton 3-pointer, and after a basket by Nick Ellington for Eastern Illinois, Ohio got a Wilson basket, two Roderick free throws and a Roderick 3-pointer... <Read More>





Ball bounces Ohio's way to force OT, but Michigan prevails

Wilson's season-high 21 points not enough in 70-66 loss


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ohio got a fortunate bounce to help force overtime, but it could not quite recreate the magic of its NCAA Tournament victory more than 10 years ago in a 70-66 loss to No. 20 Michigan on Sunday night at the Crisler Center.

With a six-point lead with four minutes to go, the Bobcats (1-3) looked like they might top the Wolverines (4-1) again after defeating them in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Michigan, though, scored eight straight points, taking the lead on two Kobe Bufkin free throws with 2.1 seconds left.

After a timeout, Ohio’s full-court pass was off the rim and right to Ben Rederick, who missed a short shot. Dwight Wilson rebounded and beat the buzzer with a putback to tie the score at 63. Overtime, however, belonged to... <Read More>





Detroit Mercy builds big lead in win over Ohio

Titans' Davis scores 28 points


DETROIT – Ohio made a late run, but it was not nearly enough in an 88-74 loss to Detroit Mercy on Wednesday night at Calihan Hall.

The Titans had a lead as big as 72-47 with 10:29 remaining before the Bobcats closed strong to get to within single digits in the final minutes.

Detroit (2-1) shot 51.7% in the game and got 28 points from super senior Antoine Davis, who has averaged 24.6 per game in his career with the Titans.

Devon Baker led Ohio (1-2) with 16 points, while AJ Clayton scored 15 points and Miles Brown 12 points. Dwight Wilson had eight points and 13 rebounds.

Despite the Bobcats scoring the first six points, Detroit took control in the first half, going on a 15-0 run before building a 20-point advantage at 43-23 with 3:31 to... <Read More>





Balanced Bobcats shoot well in home opener

Ohio downs Cleveland State 81-70


ATHENS – On its home court for the first time this season, Ohio shot 52% and downed Cleveland State 81-70 for its first victory Saturday at The Convo.

The Bobcats (1-1) went 12 of 22 (54.5%) from long range and made 17 of 19 (89.5%) free throws while holding a comfortable lead throughout the second half against the Vikings (0-3).

Jaylin Hunter led Ohio with 17 points and seven assists, with Miles Brown scoring 14 points with four assists and Devon Baker adding 13 points.

Leading 38-30 at halftime, the Bobcats got four points from AJ Clayton to start the second half and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Baker, Hunter and Clayton all had 3-pointers during a 9-2 run that made it 51-34 with 16:26 to play.

Ohio’s biggest lead was... <Read More>





Belmont wins at buzzer 70-69 in season opener

Tyson connects after Clayton's 3-pointer gave Ohio lead


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Freshman Cade Tyson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to answer a go-ahead 3-pointer by AJ Clayton, giving Belmont a season-opening 70-69 victory over Ohio on Monday night at the Curb Event Center.

The Bobcats (0-1) trailed by double digits with less than eight minutes remaining and erased a five-point deficit with a minute to go by scoring seven straight points, but the Bruins (1-0) had just enough time to answer.

Clayton nailed a fast break 3-pointer that looked like it would be the game-winning shot, with the clock initially showing 0.8 seconds left. After the time was adjusted to 1.4 seconds, the Bruins inbounded to just past halfcourt and called a timeout, leaving still 1.1 seconds to play.

That was enough time for... <Read More>





Abilene Christian tops Ohio in CBI quarterfinal

Sears' career-high 37 points not enough with Carter out


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jason Carter left the game with an injury after only 14 seconds, and Ohio trailed nearly the whole night in a 91-86 loss to Abilene Christian in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational on Monday night at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Mark Sears scored a career-high 37 points, and Ben Vander Plas had 19 points and 11 rebounds in what could be his final game, but it was not enough for the No. 3 seed Bobcats (25-10) as their season came to an end.

“This isn’t indicative of our season,” Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. “Second most wins in school history. These guys were fun to coach. They’re high character guys.”

Carter was fouled on the game’s first possession and was able to make one free... <Read More>





Sears' layup at buzzer gives Ohio win over Rice in CBI

Carter has 26 points, 12 rebounds in 65-64 win


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Mark Sears struggled for most of the game but came up clutch when it mattered.

Sears went coast to coast in the final seconds for the game-winning layup to lift Ohio to a 65-64 victory against Rice in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational on Saturday night at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The Owls (16-17) rallied from a 10-point deficit with 5:24 remaining, taking the lead on a Carl Pierre jumper with less than six seconds left. The Bobcats’ inbound pass went to Sears, who took the ball all the way to the other end, finishing high off the backboard over a bigger Rice defender.

“An unbelievable play by Mark at the end,” Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. “We made one more play than them, and... <Read More>





Kent State holds off Ohio to win 14th straight

Golden Flashes reach MAC title game against Akron


CLEVELAND – Ohio rallied to within two points in the final minutes, but Kent State held on for its 14th straight victory 67-61 in the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament Friday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The Bobcats trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half before making a run that came up short.

In what could have been his last game for Ohio, Ben Vander Plas had 20 points and six rebounds, while Mark Sears scored 18 points with six rebounds. Jason Carter had 10 points and six rebounds while possibly wrapping up his college career.

"One of the funnest years I've had in 27 years of coaching, and it's because of the character of these young men on the court and off the court - the trust and belief that... <Read More>





Bobcats go on big 2nd half run to pull away from Cardinals

Carter, Sears have huge double-doubles


CLEVELAND – Ohio’s struggling offense came to life with a huge second-half run in a 77-67 victory against Ball State in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference basketball tournament Thursday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Leading by just four with less than 10 minutes remaining, the No. 3 seed Bobcats (24-8) scored 17 straight points to run away from the No. 6 seed Cardinals (14-17) and snap their three-game losing streak.

Mark Sears scored 24 points with 10 rebounds and five assists, and Jason Carter tallied 20 points with 18 rebounds. Ben Vander Plas and Miles Brown added 14 and 13 points, respectively.

"It's great to be back in Cleveland," Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. "It's something that we aim to do. It's one of our... <Read More>






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