Men’s Basketball: Toledo, missing leading scorer, hosts Bobcats

Justin Drummond won’t be suiting up when his Toledo Rockets (20-3, 8-2) host Ohio (17-6, 7-3)  on Wednesday night. The 6-foot-4 junior who leads Toledo with 14.6 points per game has been suspended for one game after being charged with DUI on Saturday night.

Justin Drummond, Toledo's leading scorer, is suspended for Wednesday's game vs. Ohio. (Photo: utrockets.com)

Justin Drummond, Toledo’s leading scorer, is suspended for Wednesday’s game vs. Ohio. (Photo: utrockets.com)

Drummond’s absence could impact the rematch of the February 1st thriller between two of the MAC’s top  teams. When they last met, the Bobcats edged Toledo 95-90 in overtime off the strength of a 28 point 12 rebound double-double Maurice N’dour and 28 points from Stevie Taylor. Toledo’s Julius “Juice” Brown game was sent to overtime when he tied the game at 83 on a pull-up jumper with 7.5 seconds left in regulation. Ohio struggled to contain Brown all afternoon and “Juice” finished with 28 points and 8 assists. The aforementioned Drummond added a quiet 12 points on 4 of 11 shooting.

Stevie Taylor scored a career-high 23 points in Ohio's first game vs. Toledo. (Carl Fonticella)

Stevie Taylor scored a career-high 23 points in Ohio’s first game vs. Toledo. (Carl Fonticella)

In their highest scoring game of the year, it was Ohio’s defense that sealed their victory. When the game was 91-90, Stevie Taylor forced Brown into a rare five second closely-guarded call and then hit a floater on offense to give the ‘Cats their biggest win of the year.

Toledo hasn’t lost since that game and has not lost a home game all season. The Rockets’ only losses were suffered on the road against No. 7 Kansas, Western Michigan, and at the Convo’ against the Green & White.

Even without Drummond, the Rockets won’t struggle in the scoring department. They rank 11th in the NCAA in scoring and all four of Toledo’s other starters average 10 points per game or more.

In Ohio’s last game, they came back from an 18 point deficit to defeat rival Miami 82-75. Senior Travis Wilkins scored a career high 23 points and Nick Kellogg led all scorers with 27. The ‘Cats shot 59.3 percent from the floor in the second half to erase the deficit and emerge victorious.

Wednesday’s game tips at 7pm EST. It will be aired locally on Time Warner Cable Sports Network and a stream is available on ESPN3. The game will also be broadcasted on the Ohio IMG Sports Radio Network.

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