Reggie Keely and D.J. Cooper combined for 31 points to give the Ohio Bobcats a conclusive 73-50 win over Southern Conference opposition Wofford.Cooper scored 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while also adding two steals and two assists. Keely was the leading scorer for the Bobcats, the senior forward scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting and he also grabbed five rebounds and had two blocks.
Keely spoke about his effort in the game today.
“Conditioning is something that I have been working on for four years,” he said. “I feel like it is starting to pay off. Coach (Christian) always tells me to run the floor and be physical down low. I try to do the best I can for the team every game.”
Ohio (3-0) and Wofford (1-3) both got off to slow starts. With 13:07 left in the first half, the game was tied at eight. But, Ohio went on a 26-8 run to put the game out of reach for the Terriers. The Bobcats were able to make some open shots, but they have their defense to thank for opening up a big lead.
“Our defense took over the game after the 12:00 mark in the first half,” Christian said. “We were able to go on the break and play our game.”
The Terriers shot a miserable 30 percent from the field in the game. In the first half, the number was even lower, shooting 14 percent from the field (3-of-21). Cooper spoke about the team’s defensive effort in the contest.
“We respect every opponent we play against,” he said. “If we can get stops on the defensive end, then we can run the floor and play the game we want to play.”
The Bobcats started the second half much better than they started the first. After going into the break with a 34-16 lead, an Ivo Baltic mid-range jumper, two three-point bombs from Cooper and a dunk by Jon Smith gave the ‘Cats a 44-19 lead with 15:54 left. The 25-point lead was the Bobcats biggest of the night.
This was the first time this season that Ohio did not break the 80-point mark. Coach Christian spoke about the team’s offensive display.
“We had a lot of unforced turnovers in the game today,” Christian said. We were able to get shots and make over 50 percent of them in the game, but we need to cut out the turnovers.”
After starting slow, the Bobcats gained momentum mid-way through the first.
“We were able to kick it into gear mid-way through the first half. We got into the right spots on offense and the easy baskets got us going,” Christian said.
One major positive for the Bobcats was the return of junior forward TJ Hall. Hall was absent from the Bobcats demolition of UNC-Wilmington on Friday because of a knee injury. Christian spoke about the return and future status of the Gainesville native.
“It’s important that he (Hall) gets into a rhythm,” he said. “He (Hall) needs more practice time and extra workouts to get intogame shape.”
The Bobcats next game will take place on Tuesday, November 20 against Hampton University at the Convocation Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.