By John Kocis
Saturday- After a quick field goal by guard D.J Cooper, Ohio was leading Mercyhurst 2-0. The Lakers fought back and kept a lead until the Bobcats tied it up at 10-10. That was the last time the Lakers had the lead in the game, as they quickly fell behind and at one point, were tripled up by the Bobcats 51-17.
When guard Nick Kellogg left the game in the first half, he had as many point as the Lakers did, 14. The Bobcats started off slow by beginning with a few turnovers, but after an early time-out from new head coach Jim Christian, Ohio made some adjustments and kept control of the ball. Christian led the Kent State Golden Flashes to two MAC titles and four MAC East titles from 2002-2008.
Senior forward Reggie Keely dominated the paint scoring seven points in the first half, getting to the free throw line for three of those points.
Ohio led going into the half 40-17. Cooper scored both the first and last baskets of the half and had four assists to go along with those four points.
In the second half, Ohio had a surge early on, scoring 11 consecutive points. Mercyhurst answered with a five-point run, but after that, it was all Bobcat basketball, as the bench led the way to an 82-42 victory over the Lakers.
Kellogg finished with 19 points in 25 minutes and Cooper finished with seven points and seven assists. Keely and Walter Offutt also finished in double figures, scoring 13 and 10 points, respectively. Senior Luis Leao led the Lakers scoring 14 points as well as adding seven rebounds and two steals.
The Bobcats will host Portland in the Convocation center Saturday at 2 p.m. This will begin the regular season and a six-game home stand, which will end December 1 when they travel to Moon Township, Pennsylvania to play Robert Morris.