Jaaron Simmons makes a jump shot as they try to take the lead during Ohio University’s game against Toledo at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio on Tuesday, January 25, 2017. (Daniel Linhart/WOUB)

Bobcats Ground Short-Handed Falcons

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With four Bowling Green players suspended, the path to victory for Ohio was made easier Saturday at the Stroh Center. They took advantage and topped the Falcons 96-72 on Saturday afternoon for the first time in Bowling Green since 2007.

The Bobcats (13-6, 5-3) got off to a hot start behind senior Kenny Kaminski and sophomore Jordan Dartis. Ohio went on a 14-0 run that ended with just fewer than 12 minutes to go in the half. They made four 3-pointers within the first five minutes to kill the Falcons’ (8-13, 2-6) momentum.

Out of the 33 points scored by Bowling Green in the first half, freshman Dylan Frye had 17 of them in an otherwise lethargic offensive showing by the Falcons. With all the suspensions, Bowling Green recruited a couple football players to fill in, including Hunter Folkertsma, who came off the bench to score four points in the first half. Frye went on a 10-0 run himself towards the end of the first half to cut the deficit to 11 points, making it a 44-33 game at halftime.

Ohio opened the second half of the game just as strong as they began. After letting Bowling Green creep closer towards the end of the half, the Bobcats pulled away. Jaaron Simmons led the second half push for the ‘Cats and finished with a team-high 23 points, along with four rebounds and five assists.

Kaminski was right behind Dartis, finishing with 22 points, five rebounds, and two assists.

Frye was the leading scorer for the Falcons, finishing with 24 points and six rebounds.

This road Mid-American Conference win is a key confidence booster for the Bobcats going forward as they continue to try and find their identity with star player Antonio Campbell out for the year with a foot injury.

Next up for Ohio, they remain on the road and travel to Western Michigan on January 31. Tip-off for that game is set for 6:00 p.m.