Despite a big day from their backcourt, the Ohio Bobcats were single-handily beat by Craig Bradshaw and the Belmont Bruins (6-1), falling 83-81 at The Convo on Saturday night.
And what a night it was for Bradshaw. He scored 42 points, including 8-of-12 on 3-pointers. He was unstoppable from start to finish, and came up big when the Bruins needed him. With the game tied at 81, Bradshaw hit the game-winning shot with 0.2 seconds on the clock, getting a floater to fall in the paint. His performance tonight was the only thing that could overshadow the play of Ohio’s backcourt.
The Bobcats’ backcourt trio of Stevie Taylor, Bean Willis and Ryan Taylor certainly did everything they could to win this game for the Bobcats, combining for 58 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, and hit plenty of big shots down the stretch, including a layup by Bean Willis with 6.0 seconds left to tie the game at 81.
With as good as they played, it was the play of Ohio’s star player that hampered the Bobcats tonight. Maurice Ndour, who came into the night averaging 16.3 points per game, was held to nine points while shooting 4-of-11 from the field. Ohio (2-2) tried to work the ball into him on multiple occasions, but the zone of Belmont forced him into taking uncomfortable shots that he wasn’t able to hit.
Both teams shot better than 49 percent from the field, but it was the difference in 3-point shooting that made the difference between victory and defeat. Ohio was only able to hit 9-of-28 3-pointers, while Belmont went 14-for-30 from downtown, good for 46.6 percent.
Ohio’s next game will be a week from tonight, facing off against St. Bonaventure. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.