Overpowering 2nd half propels Ohio to victory

“We aren’t number two defensively in the MAC for no reason,” said junior guard Bean Willis. 

After Aaron Armstead’s layup with 14:23 remaining, Ohio (13-4, 3-1) prevented Northern Illinois (7-9, 1-3) from converting a field goal for the next 10 and a half minutes. 

The Bobcats defeated the Huskies for the seventh consecutive time, 65-46. Ohio trailed 24-23 at the half, but outscored NIU by 20 in the second half.

“It’s a two half game.(…) That’s two games in a row now with a really poor first half and a strong second half,” said Ohio head coach Jim Christian on the Ohio IMG Sports Radio Network.

Nick Kellogg led the Green & White with 16 points on 6-8 shooting. The senior shot 4-5 from beyond the arc. 

Maurice N’dour contributed 10 points and 8 boards and Bean Willis added 9 points to a balanced Bobcats attack .

Northern Illinois shot just 29% from the field. Armstead lead the Huskies with 14 points and 5 rebounds.

“To hold somebody under 30% shooting in their own building is really impressive,” said Christian.

The victory gives the ‘Cats a 5-2 record on the road.

Ohio returns home to take on Bowling Green on Wednesday night. The game tips at 7pm.

 

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