Bobcats Pounce Lakers in Exhibition Game

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The Ohio Men’s Basketball team is soaking up its win against Mercyhurst today.

The ’Cats beat the Lakers 82-63 in the season’s first and only exhibition game, starting the year off on a positive note.

Walter Offutt, an Ohio State transfer, led the team with 23 points.

Junior Forward Ivo Baltic played the majority of the game with 30 minutes on the court, and was the only player for the Bobcats that posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards.

At the half, the Bobcats led by 11 points, but Mercyhurst kept it close in the second half, getting within two points with eight minutes left on the clock. 

From there Ohio cruised, going on a 22-5 run closing Mercyhurst  out by 19 points.

Ohio Head Coach John Groce , says this game was a good chance for the Green and White to stretch their legs.

“We have had 32 practices.  We have had a scrimmage and now we have had an exhibition game. It gives us a chance to learn and keep getting better,” says Groce. “Our goal every year is to continue to get better and keep playing better basketball heading towards February and March. We always want to be that team that improves throughout the year.”

The Ohio Bobcats’ first regular season game will be this Sunday at 2 p.m.

They will take on the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks.