Central Michigan remained undefeated at McGuirk Arena by holding off the Ohio Bobcats in a 74-69 victory. The Chippewas (15-4, 5-3 MAC) never trailed in the game, but never were able put it out of contention.
Ohio coach Saul Phillips said he counted six missed layups that cost his team the game.
“The lesson of the day is ‘finish around the hoop,'” Phillips said after the game on the Ohio IMG Radio Network. “There are plenty of things to do, but it starts with that.”
Ohio (7-12, 2-6 MAC) started slow, shooting just 37 percent from the floor in the first half, but the Bobcats turned it around in the second half, cutting the deficit to as little as four.
Maurice N’dour paced the Bobcats with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the loss, achieving his eighth double-double of the season. Bean Willis led the Green & White with 14 points. Tony Campbell and Ryan Taylor added 12 points each.
Central Michigan’s Chris Fowler led all scorers with 17 points and added six assists for the MAC-West-leading Chippewas. Forward John Simons tallied 16 points and nine boards in the win.
The Chippewas shot at 46 percent, took advantage of sloppy Ohio offense and forced 16 Bobcats turnovers. The ‘Cats held the rebounding advantage 34-28, but fell to a directional Michigan school for the second consecutive game.
“If we were proving incapable of winning, it’d be disheartening,” Phillips said. “This is just frustrating.”
After the 0-2 week, Ohio returns to the home court on Wednesday, Feb. 4 when they take on Akron.