Ohio dropped to 1-2 Wednesday with an 88-74 loss to Detroit Mercy. With the loss, Ohio is now 0-2 on the road this season.
The Bobcats dug themselves a significant hole early and a furious late comeback attempt fell short, as they were only able to barely cut Detroit Mercy’s lead to under 10 points.
Here are the numbers you need to know from Ohio’s loss to Detroit Mercy:
Just 1:30 into the game, Ohio led 6-0, was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and had forced a pair of Detroit Mercy turnovers. Over the next 15:36, Detroit Mercy scored 25 more points than Ohio, going on a 45-20 scoring run to take a 19 point lead and control of the game.
Over that stretch, Ohio turned the ball over eight times and allowed Detroit Mercy to knock down 7-of-11 3-pointers. After a promising start, Ohio completely allowed the game to slip away from it thanks to a combination of sloppy play, disjointed offense and poor defense.
After hitting 50% of their threes through two games this season, the Bobcats shooting from deep came crashing down to earth against the Titans. The Bobcats took 26 threes, their most this season, but made just six of them. This gave the Bobcats a 3-point percentage of just 23.1%
In Ohio’s first two games, DeVon Baker, Jaylin Hunter and Miles Brown combined to shoot 15-for-28 from beyond the arc, but on Wednesday, they were just 3-for-11. Additionally, AJ Clayton was 2-for-7 from deep. When Ohio’s four best 3-point shooters struggle that much, it is going to be extremely difficult for it to win.
Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis, who is closing in on becoming the 11th player in the history of college basketball to score 3000 points and has an outside shot at breaking Pete Maravich’s career points record, put up 28 for the second time this season Wednesday.
Davis has now played against the Bobcats three times in his career with an average of 26.7 points per contest. This was the first time he came away with a win over the Bobcats.