Ohio (21-10, 11-7) once again came from behind to defeat Miami (12-17, 8-10), 82-76 on Saturday afternoon. The win also clinched the No. 5 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament for Ohio.
With 05.6 seconds left to play and trailing 68-66, Antonio Campbell quarterbacked a pass to Maurice N’dour who battled his way to the rim for the game tying layup. N’dour scored 15 points off the bench, 14 of them coming after halftime, and pulled down eight boards in 17 minutes of play.
“I’m gonna give credit to ‘Ton (Campbell) because that was a hell of a pass from ‘Tony. I was able to catch it and just make my move,” N’dour said on the Ohio IMG Sports Radio Network. “They gave me an open lane to the basket.”
Nick Kellogg scored 14 points, including four threes that made him Ohio’s all-time leader in three pointers (277). He is now tied with former Miami RedHawk Landon Mackim for the MAC career three pointer record. The senior nearly ended the game in regulation when he stole Miami’s inbound after N’dour’s game-tying layup and sank a running three after along the sideline. The play was reviewed and Kellogg was ruled out of bounds prior to the shot, sending the game into overtime.
After the Bobcats took a 37-33 lead into halftime, Miami began the second half on fire and regained the lead at 44-43 with 17:06 remaining. The RedHawks maintained that lead and were up by as many as six until N’dour’s late layup.
Ohio trailed by two points and had reached a point of desperation when they fouled Miami’s Gio McKnight with 20 seconds remaining. McKnight, a 71 percent free throw shooter, missed the front end of the one-and-one. Travis Wilkins attempted to give the Green & White the lead, but his three pointer rimmed out and was pulled down by Miami’s Quinten Rollins, who was sent to the line. Rollins, one of three RedHawk seniors honored on Saturday, also missed his one-and-one foul shot, enabling Ohio to call a timeout and set up the game-tying play.
N’dour was one of four ‘Cats in double figures. He and Bean Willis led Ohio with 15 points each, Kellogg scored 14, and Antonio Campbell scored 13, a career-high for the freshman. Treg Setty pulled down a Bobcat best 11 rebounds in to compliment his 8 points off the bench.
“I think Maurice played well, Antonio did too. I think we got everything we wanted out of this game,” Ohio head coach Jim Christian said after the win. “Everyone stepped up, it’ll hopefully get us tournament ready.”
Willie Moore led all scorers with 24 points on 8 of 17 shooting for Miami. Rollins and Will Sullivan added 12 each for the RedHawks.
Ohio shot 49 percent from the field, but shot an impressive 43 percent from beyond the arc. Miami made a dismal 4 of 21 from three, but forced 19 Bobcat turnovers to level the action.
The Bobcats return to action on Monday when they host Ball State inside the Convocation Center at 7 p.m for the opening rounf of the MAC Tournament. Ohio will likely need to win the Tournament to make it to the NCAA Tournament.
“It’s a one game season from here on out,” Christian said.