After a record-setting performance in their last game, scoring 99 points against DePaul, the Ohio Bobcats (4-6) struggled offensively, shooting 37.7 percent and falling to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 71-58, in the fifth place game of the Diamond Head Classic.
Ohio trailed for the entire game, but was able to keep it close for most of the game, especially in the second half. Despite keeping the deficit to single digits for the first 36 minutes, the Bobcats failed to take advantage in that time and trailed by 10 with just over three minutes left.
For the Bobcats (4-6), Bean Willis continued his solid play this year by scoring 15 points, grabbing eight rebounds and tallying four assists, which were all team-highs in the game today. Coming into today’s game, he was averaging a team-high 16.2 points per game and is coming off a career-high 33-point performance against DePaul.
As for Nebraska (8-4), it got 22 points each from Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway. Both players were able to attack the paint and do their damage from the free-throw line, as did the rest of the Cornhuskers. The two combined to shoot 16-of-20 from the free-throw line, better than the entire Ohio team.
Ohio will return home next week, taking on UNC-Wilmington at The Convo next Tuesday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.