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Men’s Basketball Recap: Ohio 95, Bowling Green 75

Bobcats use strong second half to propel them to victory

Jaaron Simmons chases loose ball (Jan. 12th, 2016 Athens, OH) - Kaleb Carter
Jaaron Simmons chases loose ball (Jan. 12th, 2016 Athens, OH) - Kaleb Carter

It very well could have been one of those games for Ohio on Saturday afternoon at The Convo.

The Bobcats have dropped a number of close contest to some lesser opponents this season. There was a recent drubbing at the hands of Central Michigan on February 7 and and a 15-point loss to Western Michigan about a week after that.

Against Bowling Green, Ohio trailed by six points with seven minutes to play in the first.

But, after the Bobcats took their first lead of the game thanks to a pointer from Kenny Kaminski with 3 minutes to play in the first half, they never looked back.

Ohio took down Bowling Green, 95-75, for their third straight win.

A second-half shooting spree was the key to Ohio’s victory, as it shot 73.3 percent from the floor.

“We came out in the second half and hit them with our best punch,” Jason Carter said.

Ohio went on a 20-8 run to begin the second half and never surrendered the lead.

Two Bobcats, Jaaron Simmons and Jason Carter, were perfect from the floor in the second half.

Simmons had a double-double (26 points, 11 assists) and was one of six Bobcats in double digits.

The Falcons struggled to guard him all afternoon, allowing him to hit on 10 of his 12 shots.

“He’s the best point guard in the league. By far, in my opinion…. I was close to telling my guys to start a fight with him.” Joked Falcon’s coach Michael Huger.

Ohio’s last win of 20 or more points also came against the Falcons, when they defeated them 96-72 in Bowling Green.

With the win, Ohio hangs on to the second seed in the Mid-American Conference, meaning they would earn an automatic bid to Cleveland in the MAC Tournament.

And after an Akron loss on Friday night, Ohio’s win on Saturday is made just a little bit more important.

“It’s another game separated from the team that loses today,” coach Saul Phillips said. “All we’re trying to do is get to Cleveland.”