Instant Reaction: Ohio Defeats Wofford 73-50

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After a slow start in the first half, the Bobcats finished strong to defeat Wofford 73-50 Sunday at the Convocation Center. Behind the strong play of Reggie Keely off the bench, the Bobcats continue their 12-game home winning streak and are 3-0 on the season.

First Half: The Bobcats committed four turnovers in the first four minutes and were tied with Wofford for the early part of the first half, but that quickly changed when Nick Kellogg hit a three with 11:39 remaining.

The junior guard’s three sparked a 9-0 run by the Bobcats that eventually grew to a 34-16 lead at half. Kellogg was the leading scorer at half with 10 points, but was not his typical self, shooting 2/5 from beyond the arc. He finished the game with 10 points and 3 assists.

D.J. Cooper had seven points, but only had one assist compared to his four turnovers in the first half. The guard quickly turned that around in the second half, though.

Second Half: After attempting zero threes in the first half, Cooper came out and hit two straight to boost the Ohio lead to 44-22. The point guard finished the game with 15 points and two assists.

Wofford began to find its shot, shooting 41.4% in the half, but they were never able to reduce the 18-point halftime deficit. Ohio shot a consistent 57.4% for the game.

Turnovers: Turnovers were an issue for Jim Christian’s team throughout the entire game. After committing 10 in the first half, the Bobcats had seven in the second. Ohio only had 12 turnovers against UNC Wilmington.

Strong Post Play: In spite of being outrebounded 31-28 for the game, the three Ohio big men contributed in some form. Jon Smith led the game with six rebounds, while Ivo Baltic had nine points on 4/7 shooting. Reggie Keely came in off the bench and contributed a game-high 16 points and 5 rebounds.

Key Quote: Reggie Keely on his physical play: “That’s one of the major focus points coach preached to me every timeout. Basically, every time we have a conversation, it’s pretty much run the floor, get deep post catches, and be physical, be what we need you to be down there. I try to take that to heart and do the best I can.”

Next Up: The Bobcats will take on Hampton this Tuesday at the Convocation Center. Hampton is 0-2 on the season with losses to William & Mary and Richmond. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m. 

*Photo Credit: Kate Hiller