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Calvin Mattheis | Ohio Athletics
Calvin Mattheis | Ohio Athletics

Kaminski Hits Game-Winning Buzzer-Beater in Buffalo

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The Bobcats get their revenge Tuesday night against Buffalo off the hands of Kenny Kaminski, who hit a game-winning buzzer-beater, as the Bobcats beat the Bulls 74-72.

Ohio lost to the Bulls in the semi-finals of the Mid-American Conference Championship in Cleveland last season, and clearly revenge is a dish best served cold. Kaminski, who has been banged up for most of the season came in clutch for the Bobcats and kept Ohio’s undefeated record in the MAC alive.

The play was a broken play and did not go as planned. Kaminski was out there to be more of a decoy than anything else but ended up with the ball in his hand at the biggest moment in the game.

Kaminski caught the ball on the left side wing and put up a pump fake. He then continued to move to his right, threw a couple more pump fakes and shot the ball with the defender right in his face.

The jumper that hit nothing but the net with 0.07 seconds to go and ultimately led to a Bobcat win in dramatic comeback fashion.

Ohio was down by 14 points at half-time and Ohio coach Saul Phillips knew he had to get his guys going or the game would get away from Ohio. That’s exactly what Phillips did and his Bobcats outscored the Bulls 46-30 in the second half.

However, Kaminski was not the only player to have a major role in Tuesday’s game. Jaaron Simmons was a big part in this comeback and finished the game with 14 points and five assists, including the last assist of the game on Kaminski’s game winner. MAC Player of The Year Tony Campbell had nine points on 2-of-4 shooting but fouled out of the game and was on and off the bench the entire game.

Despite not having Campbell able to play a lot, Ohio still found a way to get the job done. This win puts the Bobcats record at 11-3 on the season and 3-0 in conference play. They will take on Eastern Michigan at home in the Convo this Saturday at 3:30.