Bobcats rout EMU; Herd winsPublished 2:24am Thursday, February 21, 2013
ATHENS (AP) — Reggie Keely scored 20 points and D.J. Cooper turned in his fifth double-double of the season as Ohio downed Eastern Michigan 73-50 in Mid-American Conference action Wednesday night.
Keely was 8-of-12 shooting, while Cooper had 16 points, 10 assists and five steals. Nick Kellogg added nine points and Ivo Baltic had eight points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats (20-6, 11-2), who have won 12 of their past 13.
The win was Ohio’s 19th consecutive in home MAC games. The Bobcats had 23 assists, upping their team average, which was tops in the country at 18.7.
Ohio hit its first seven shots and led 17-3.
The Eagles (12-14, 5-7) were coming off their first road win of the season, 56-50 over Ball State. J.R. Sims paced Eastern Michigan with 12 points as the team shot 27.6 percent (16 of 58), including 29.4 percent (5 of 17) from 3-point range.
Central Florida 70
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Elijah Pittman scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures and hot-shooting Marshall defeated Central Florida 82-70 Wednesday night.
DeAndre Kane tallied 19 points and seven assists, D.D. Scarver scored 16 points and Dennis Tinnon added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Thundering Herd, who shot a season-high 54.2 percent (32 of 59).
Marshall (12-15, 5-7 Conference USA) led 23-19 before Tinnon sandwiched two jumpers around a Pittman 3-pointer to put the Thundering Herd up for good. Marshall took a 48-34 lead into intermission behind a 60 percent (21 of 35) first-half shooting effort and never led by less than eight from there.
Pittman, Scarver, Kane and Tinnon all managed at least 10 points in the first half.
Isaiah Sykes had 23 points and 11 rebounds for UCF (17-9, 7-5), which shot 43 percent (28 of 65), but struggled from 3-point range (3 of 16).