After a disappointing regular season, the Ohio Bobcats were looking to salvage a season that many wish would have went differently.
But as it has been the case this year for the Bobcats, the disappointment found its’ way into the game against Western Michigan, losing 82-74 in the first round of the 2015 Mid-American Conference tournament, ending the Bobcats’ season.
Ohio would get off to a good start, eventually taking a lead into halftime. It would continue into the second half, with the Bobcats holding a 52-44 with 12:58 left in the second half. But from there, everything would go against them.
The Bobcats were again hurt by their inability to make a stop on the defensive end, something that has hurt them all season and a major reason why their season is ending when it is. More importantly, they allowed one player to beat them, as it has been the case all season.
Against Western Michigan, it was guard David Brown who dominated the Bobcats, scoring 34 points and hitting 8-of-14 attempts from behind the arc. Most of his damage was done in the second half, where the Bobcats allowed him and the rest of the Broncos to score 49 points in the second half.
It wasn’t just the defense that crutched the Bobcats in the second half, as foul trouble would haunt them down the stretch. Antonio Campbell, who had a game-high 12 rebounds, was forced to sit with four fouls when the Broncos were making a run the second half. To go with Campbell, Stevie Taylor and Maurice Ndour each finished with four fouls.
The defense and foul-calling overshadowed stellar games from two guys that were playing in their last collegiate games: seniors Taylor and Ndour. Taylor scored a career-high 25 points and Ndour had 28 points and 11 rebounds, with both of them nearly bringing the Bobcats to an upset victory over Western Michigan.