Exactly one week after dropping their first home contest of the season, 91-75 to Bowling Green, the Ohio Bobcats rebounded to top another conference foe, Western Michigan, 82-64 on Tuesday Night–their first win over the Broncos at home since January of 2012.
The Bobcats improved to 11-6 overall and 2-3 against the MAC, this coming after losing three of their first four conference match ups.
Ohio has already topped their 10-win total from a season ago.
The green and white erased a nine-point deficit with 6:13 left in the opening frame and finished the first half on a 17-4 run to take a four-point advantage at the intermission and would only trail just one more time for the rest of the game.
Shooting wise, it was a tail of two halves.
In the second half, Ohio shot 57.1 percent from the field, compared to the Broncos 30.8 percent.
Jaaron Simmons led Ohio with 24 points and connected on all four of his three-point attempts. Simmons was one of four Bobcats to reach double-figures.
“I saw the first one go in, so I shot another one,” Simmons said about his four triples on Tuesday.
Ohio shot a season-best 55 percent from beyond-the-arc.
Antonio Campbell had a monster game with 16 points and rebounds, his eighth double-double of the season.
Thomas Wilder shot 50 percent from the field (6 of 12) and led the Broncos with 21 points.
The Bobcats will not return to the Convocation Center in Athens until January 29th, taking to-the-road for their next two MAC contests–at Central Michigan on Friday and at Toledo next Tuesday (1/26).
Central Michigan (9-9) has lost back-to-back conference games after falling to Northern Illinois on Tuesday.
Like the Bobcats, the Chippewas have loved playing at home, recording an 8-1 record so far this season at their hometown venue in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
Ohio has won three of their last four games against Central Michigan.