By Michael Stainbrook

 

The Bobcats are well aware of what happened at The Convo Jan. 5.

What almost happened, that is.

Maybe not even that. But there was something there.

Ohio led for the first nine minutes against the hottest team in the conference, Bowling Green. The Bobcats scored early, stood their ground on defense and limited the Falcons’ experienced lineup from taking control.

Eventually, Bowling Green took control and did not relent. But what happened during the first nine minutes is what the Bobcats are  hoping to repeat for the entire 40 when they visit the Falcons tonight.

“They’re very beatable,” coach Semeka Randall said. ”Like, literally, what we’ve explained to our players, we made some mistakes that really, really hurt us in the end. Bowling Green (was) smart enough to counter on those and score off of those.

“If we can take away those, minimize those mistakes and go out there, we can put ourselves in a position to be successful at their place.”

Ohio has lost 13 of its last 14 regular-season games against Bowling Green. The only win was a 70-67 victory at Anderson Arena Feb. 24, 2007.

“It’s going to be tough,” Randall said. “Packed house, the atmosphere is going to be rockin’. So it makes it even more sweeter when you can go out there and perform at your highest level.

“But it’s really about playing for 40 minutes and minimizing your mistakes.”