The last time Ohio was on this path, it made history.
The Bobcats further proved that this season could be one for the record books after defeating Coppin State 87-62 on Saturday at The Convo. The Bobcats have their best start to a season since 1985-86, when they started 9-0 and won the program’s first Mid-American Conference Tournament title.
Amani Burke and Gabby Burris led Ohio’s offense with 37 combined points and secured a win in the Bobcats’ first ever game against the Eagles.
Ohio’s offense started uncharacteristically slow and played down to Coppin State’s level in the first quarter. The Bobcats shot 5-for-17 in the first 10 minutes and struggled to grow a sizeable lead despite the Eagles turning the ball over nine times.
Although the Bobcats’ offense deserved blame for their slimmer-than-expected 30-26 halftime lead, the Eagles’ offense merited credit as well. Coppin State (0-7) shot 10-for-20 in the first half, and its patient shot selection ensured that it would match any slow start from Ohio’s offense.
Ohio (8-0) rebounded nicely in the third quarter and put the game out of reach with five players contributing to a 15-2 scoring run out of the locker room. Led by Burke and Burris, the Bobcats’ offense exploded for 34 points in the third quarter.
Ohio’s offense finished with 30-for-63 with a 47.6 shooting percentage. It capitalized on 31 Coppin State turnovers and finished with 32 points off turnovers, but the totals are still impressive after Bobcats’ underwhelming first half.
Ohio had slow starts in its previous two games against Purdue and Cleveland State, and it proved again on Saturday that its inconsistent starts don’t prohibit its ability to turn a close game into a lopsided contest in mere minutes.
Saturday was Ohio’s final home nonconference game and last home game in 2018. The Bobcats will travel to Indianapolis on Dec. 16 to play IUPUI. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.