Instant Reaction: First Half: Ohio 42, Buffalo 37

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Matthew Doyle

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Updated Tue, Mar 5, 2013 8:11 pm
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1st Half

Ohio 42, Buffalo 37

Ohio Bobcats

D.J. Cooper: 16 points, 4/7 from three

Ivo Baltic: 10 points, 5/7 from the field

Buffalo Bulls

Will Regan: 8 points, 3 rebounds

Jarryn Skeete: 7 points, 2 rebounds

Historic opening: It didn’t take long for Cooper to rewrite the record books, as he nailed a three-pointer at the 15:10 mark to become the all-time leader in Ohio history with 260 career three-pointers.

Another three-pointer at 8:31 gave him eight points on the night, which also gave him over 2,000 career points. With 16 points at half, Cooper is now the first player in NCAA history with 2,000 points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals in his career.

Baltic’s bounce back: Baltic has been extremely off in past games, especially in his start against Bowling Green. He went 1-of-8 from the field for just two points against the Falcons, but coming off the bench against Buffalo has been a different story.

The senior has started the game by going 5-of-7 from the field for 10 points. He hasn’t reached double-digits since Jan. 23 against Miami, but has reached that number in the first half. A good sign to see from a slumping Baltic.

McCrea’s foul trouble: As well as Cooper and Baltic have been playing, the biggest play of the game could have come from Walter Offutt at 6:43. He took a huge charge call on Javon McCrea, which gave the reigning MAC East Division Player of the Week two fouls. McCrea scored nine points in 12 minutes in the first half and was showing some dominance, but was forced to sit the bench because of foul trouble.

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