Updated Sat, Nov 23, 2013 11:50 pm
Ohio (4-1) used an explosive second half to defeat Heidelberg (1-2) 85-57 Saturday.
A sluggish start for Ohio made this game much closer than it should have been in the first half. Heidelberg got out to a hot start, going 6-for-12 from 3-point range.
Mike Petrie was the catalyst for the Student Princes as he made four of his first six 3-point attempts. Petrie did not make another 3-pointer in the game, however, and finished with 12 points on 4-10 shooting.
“I give credit to Heidelberg,” Coach Christian said. “I think they came out and shot the ball very well. I thought they played very hard.”
A Petrie 3-pointer 9:02 with left in the first half gave the Student Princes a 24-22 lead, which seemed to wake the Bobcats up. Ohio went on a 14-0 run to reclaim the lead at 36-24 with 3:56 left in the first half. The Student Princes did not back down, though. They cut the lead to 38-29 before halftime.
Then in the second half, Heidelberg drew within three at 43-40 and then again with Ohio leading 45-42. That was as close as Heidelberg came to taking the lead, though. Ohio outscored Heidelberg 40-15 from that point on.
A pair of seniors led Ohio on Saturday. Nick Kellogg had 18 points on 5-8 shooting. He also ripped down 6 rebounds. Jon Smith stepped up for the Bobcats and poured in 17 points and 8 rebounds.
Kellogg had high praise for his teammate, Smith.
“He’s just one of those guys that does a lot of things well,” Kellogg said.
“He played this game like good players play it,” Christian added.
Ohio had four players in double figures as Ricardo Johnson scored 13 points and T.J. Hall scored 12. The Bobcats did a good job of sharing the ball against Heidelberg. They had a total of 26 assists.
Ohio played well in spurts on Saturday. However, the Bobcats will need to put together an entire game against its upcoming opponents, Mercer and Evansville.
Ohio will play Mercer at home on Tuesday. Tip-off for that game is set for 7 pm.