Once again, Ohio’s troubles on the road resurfaced. The Bobcats were tripping over themselves in their 95-78 loss to Toledo on Friday night, the result of foul trouble and the aggressive Rockets defense.
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Not all wins are going to be pretty. Ohio knows it can’t blow out every team it faces. Every so often, there’s going to be a nail-biter that didn’t have to become a nail-biter. Ohio’s game against Northern Illinois on Tuesday was a prime example.
Ohio bucked its losing streak and secured its first win in the Mid-American Conference this season with a victory at Ball State on Saturday. Despite Jason Preston sitting out due to injury, the Bobcats held strong against the Cardinals and left Muncie with a win.
Ohio began Mid-American Conference play on Tuesday, going on the road to face Akron at James A. Rhodes Arena. Ohio put up a decent fight in the first half, but the Zips ran away with the game after halftime. Ohio (4-3, 0-1 MAC) started its conference play on a sour note, but it has until the new year to correct the mistakes from Tuesday.
Dwight Wilson III flew down the court, jumped up and slammed down a dunk after a turnover by Purdue Northwest. The Bobcats on the bench simultaneously sprung from their chairs and busted out cheering.
Not all wins are going to be pretty from start to finish. Ohio was playing on short rest but still managed a strong second half in its win over a Division II opponent.
While in the locker room for halftime, Jeff Boals cleared a whiteboard and wrote “0-0” in the middle. The Bobcats were up by 26 points, and Cleveland State hadn’t made a bucket in the final two minutes of the half.
There are big wins, there are blowouts and then there is whatever Ohio did to Cleveland State. A largely unopposed second half coupled with an offense running rampant blew the game wide open for Ohio. Another win can increase confidence, and a game like Sunday’s will send it through the roof.
After three consecutive days of basketball last week, Ohio is now taking its nonconference opponents one at a time. Sunday begins the last half of nonconference play when Ohio hosts Cleveland State for its first game inside of The Convo of the season.
Saturday is the day Ohio has been preparing for all season. If there’s any hope for a Mid-American Conference Championship game, it lies in if Ohio can defeat Buffalo.
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The road to Detroit has gotten even shorter.
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Frank Solich sat on the post-game Zoom call and sounded pleased with his team. After 18 days since the Bobcats’ last game against Akron, they finally took the field and came away with a necessary win.
After 18 days since its game against Akron, the Bobcats made a strong return after a 52-10 victory over Bowling Green. From the first snap, Ohio had this game locked in. De’Montre Tuggle got the ball rolling with an eight-yard rushing touchdown, and the Bobcats never looked back.
Men's Basketball: Jason Preston's career-high day falls short in Ohio's heartbreaking 77-75 loss to Illinois
Jason Preston sat in the tunnel leading onto the court in State Farm Center, shaking the hands of people congratulating him. Friday was one of the best days in his career at Ohio. Against No. 8 Illinois, Preston posted a career-high 31 points with eight assists and six rebounds. But the junior didn’t see any reason to celebrate.
Ohio continued its hot start to the season Thursday afternoon, securing an 84-72 Thanksgiving victory over North Carolina A&T in Champaign, Illinois. While the first half made it appear the Bobcats had their work cut out for them, they managed a strong second-half performance that kept the Aggies at bay.
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The Mid-American Conference was tested last week with the cancelation of Ohio vs. Miami, one of the conference’s most storied rivalries. That didn’t, however, stop the MAC from offering an exciting slate of midweek “MAC-tion.”