Men’s Basketball: Ohio falters at Florida Gulf Coast

Despite a strong second half, the Ohio Bobcats were unable to overcome big halftime deficit, losing their first game of their year at Florida Golf Coast, 79-62.

Normally when you play a road game, you want to eliminate the crowd by trying to get in front early. However, the Bobcats did exactly the opposite. The Bobcats missed 26 of their first 31 shots, while also allowing FGCU to shoot 58.1 percent from the field in the first half. From the 15:03 mark until to the half, the Eagles went on a 36-13 scoring run.

Despite the lopsided half, the Bobcats showed more life to start the second half, going on a 14-2 run in the first five minutes of the half. In that stretch, Ohio hit as many field goals (6) as it did in the entire first half (5). Ohio would continue to fight in the second half, cutting the lead to as little as 10, but that was as close as it would get it. The Bobcats were able to out-score FGCU, 42-34, but was not enough to make up for their porous first half.

The Bobcats (1-1) struggled to stop the Eagles backcourt of Brett Comer and Bernard Thompson, with each of them contributing in different ways on the offensive end. Comer dished it out, finishing with a game-high 10 assists, while Thompson put it in the basket, scoring a game-high 34 points on 14-of-20 shooting from the field.

For the Bobcats, Bean Willis and Maurice Ndour led the way, each scoring in double digits. Willis, who was suspended from the opener for an NCAA violation, scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting, 14 of them coming in the second half. Ndour also did most his scoring in the second half, getting 14 of his 16 points after halftime.

3-point shooting was as bad as it could get for the Bobcats, who finished 2-for-20 (10%) from behind the arc, including missing 12 of their first 13 attempts from 3-point range. As for FGCU (3-0), it connected on six of their 13 3-pointers, good for 46.2 percent. The Eagles also controlled the paint, out-scoring the Bobcats 33-32 in the paint and also out-rebounding them 44-33.

Ohio’s next game will be next Tuesday, a home game against Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Start time is set for 7 p.m.




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