Updated Sat, Mar 2, 2013 2:38 pm
Final: Ohio 78, Bowling Green 65
Bobcats (21-8, 12-2 MAC)
Reggie Keely: 21 points, 10-15 field goals, 2 blocks
Nick Kellogg: 16 points, 4-9 3-point field goals, 5 steals
Falcons (12-17, 6-8 MAC)
A'uston Calhoun: 24 points, 8-14 field goals, 7 rebounds
Jordon Crawford: 7 points, 7 assists, 6 turnovers
Bobcats Bounce Back:
Coming off consecutive losses to Belmont and Akron, Ohio avoided a potential three-game losing streak with a win in Northwest Ohio. In the victory the Bobcats looked more like the team that had won 12 of 13 games from Jan. 5 - Feb. 20 than the squad that had dropped its previous two contests. Ohio forced 21 turnovers and shot 51 percent from the field.
BG's One Man Band:
If Jim Christian's message to Ohio was make A'uston Calhoun do everything, then Ohio succeeded. The Falcons' second-leading scorer poured in 24 points from all over the field, but he was the only Falcon in double figures. Leading scorer Jordon Crawford, who had 17 in the first meeting with Ohio, finished with only 7 points and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 7 to 6.
The Return of Nick Kellogg:
Ohio's 3-point specialist appeared to get his groove back in a 16 point effort Saturday. Kellogg made four 3's to match his total from the previous seven games and came up big on the defensive end with five steals. The APB on Ivo Baltic, however, may still be out. Baltic was more active with eight shots against the Falcons, but still managed only 2 points in T.J. Hall's absence.
First Time for Everything:
Ohio's senior class of D.J. Cooper, Reggie Keely, Ivo Baltic and David McKinley is the winningest class in school history, but it had never won at Bowling Green before Saturday. In fact, the last time Ohio walked out of Bowling Green with a "W" was 2007, when Cooper and Co. were sophomores in high school. Speaking of Cooper ...
With 10 points Saturday, the Bobcat floor general is just 6 points shy of becoming the first player in NCAA history with 2,000 career points, 500 rebounds, 900 assists and 300 steals. That mark is not the only one that has a chance to fall in Ohio's next game Tuesday at Buffalo. Cooper is one trey ball away from breaking the Ohio Basketball record for career 3-pointers. He is tied with Tommie Freeman at 259.