For most of this year, the Bobcats have been faced with adversity. For most of the year, the they have overcome that adversity.
Despite trailing by as much as 10 in the second half, Ohio (18-7, 8-4) came back to defeat Buffalo (14-8,8-4), 73-70.
Seventeen points from both Maurice Ndour and Nick Kellogg led the way for the Bobcats. Both of them were pivotal in the second half, which was the polar opposite of the team’s first half.
After playing subpar basketball the first 12 minutes of the second half, which included seven turnovers, the Bobcats trailed 63-53. From the 7:56 mark until the final buzzer, Ohio played some of its best basketball all season. Ohio didn’t commit a turnover and shot 8of 13 from the field, and in that time, the Bobcats outscored Buffalo 20-7 and overcame a 63-53 deficit.
T.J. Campbell, who only played 13 minutes, played the biggest role for the Bobcats down the stretch. After Jon Smith fouled at with 1:23 left in the game and with Ohio trailing 70-69, Campbell scored the final two buckets for the Bobcats to put them ahead 73-70, which would end up being the final score.
Despite a solid game from Buffalo’s star player Javon McCrea (18 points, eight rebounds), Ohio was able to play well enough defensively in order to pull it out. The Bobcats forced Buffalo to shoot 42.6 percent from the field, including 25 percent from three.
Starting for injured point guard Stevie Taylor, Bean Willis (nine points, five assists and four rebounds) played arguably his best game of the year. In games where Willis scored at least six points, the Bobcats are 8-1.
Ohio comes home for their next game, Wednesday February 21 at 7 p.m.