Bobcats battle Bonnies until whistle is blown

By John Kocsis

The Ohio Bobcats edged out the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 69-64 to win their 15th consecutive game at home.

Overall the game was sloppy. The Bonnies had 20 turnovers and 21 fouls and the Bobcats turned the ball over 12 times to go along with their 22 fouls. The Bonnies shot 56% from the free throw line and the Bobcats shot 65%.

The Bobcats started off lethargically, until they hit a string of three consecutive three pointers with about five minutes to go in the first half. Going into the second half, the Bobcats led 37-29 and St. Bonaventure guard Eric Mosley was the high point man with 12 points. DJ Cooper had  eight first half points and four assists.

In the second half the Bobcats fell behind again, not regaining the lead until late in the half. After they lost the lead with 10 minutes in the half, they did not regain a multiple possession lead until there were 20 seconds left in the game.

There was a dog pile on the floor of the Convocation Center over a loose rebound that the Bobcats recovered, and after that, the game was sealed.

Mosley finished with 19 points and fellow guard Chris Johnson, who leads the Bonnies in average points per game, had 17. Bonnie center Youssou Ndoye turned the ball over seven times in his two point and six rebound effort.

Cooper led the way for the Bobcats with 16 points, but Walter Ouffet scored 14 points and Nick Kellogg added 13. The top performer for the Bobcats may have been on the defensive end of the floor. Jon Smith, who scored six points and had four rebounds, had a total of four blocked shots and three steals.

The Bobcats, who are ranked 13th in the NCAA in field goal percentage, averaging 50.9% from the floor, shot 46% compared to the Bonnies 47.7%. St. Bonaventure was on fire from behind the arc, shooting  57.1% on 8-14 shooting—that was higher than their free throw percentage.

Ohio will travel to Moon, Pennsylvania to play Robert Morris Saturday Dec. 1.

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Bobcats bounce back at home

By: Chris Saulnier

After losing their first game of the season in heartbreaking fashion on the road, Ohio University (8-1) dulled the pain by beating Eastern Michigan University (1-8) at home on Thursday night 45-14.

The Bobcats got off to a good start scoring first on a Beau Blankenship 2 yard run. However the defense allowed Eastern Michigan to strike back, tying the game with a 17-yard pass to Ryan Brumfield from quarterback Tyler Benz.

In the second quarter Tyler Tettleton collected two touchdown passes of his own, one to Chase Cochran and the other to Donte Foster. Those scores and a 25-yard Matt Weller field goal combined to give Ohio a 24-14 lead at halftime.

Eastern Michigan scored their second touchdown of the game after a rare Tettleton interception as his pass was tipped at the line. The interception was Tettleton’s second of the season.

In a back and forth third quarter, Ohio recorded the only score, as Donte Foster broke free for a 79-yard pass from Tettleton. This gave Ohio a comfortable 31-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

It took nearly ten minutes but eventually Ohio was able to score yet again when Ryan Boykin ran 13 yards untouched right up the middle of the field. Boykin collected 128 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Blankenship finished the day with 72 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown of his own.

Late in the fourth quarter Ohio punched in another score on a run from Daz’mond Patterson who ran 29 yards into the end zone and recorded his first career rushing touchdown. This sealed the victory giving Ohio a 45-14 lead with less than 2 minutes left on the clock.

Wide receiver Donte Foster had a career-high 164 receiving yards, which tied for eighth all-time at Ohio University. Tettleton finished the night 19/27 with 255 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception. This was the sixth time in his career that Tettleton has thrown 3 touchdowns in a single game.

Ohio’s next opponent will be Bowling Green State University (6-3) on November 7 at home in Athens. The game will have high conference ramifications, as each team is 4-1 in the MAC.

Bobcat volleyball steamrolls Buffalo as the winning streak reaches 5

By Paul Monnin

The Bobcat volleyball squad took care of business at Convocation Center Saturday night, winning their fifth straight match, extending their consecutive set streak to 15, and disposing of Buffalo in three sets (25-18, 25-13, 25-17).

The Bobcats maintained control throughout the match. After a 13-13 start, the Bobcats went on a 12-5 run to take the first set and never looked back. Outside hitters Kelly Lamberti and Chelsea Bilger led the way for the Bobcats on offense, combining for 12 kills and just 4 errors. Senior Leah Petrovich and sophomore Serena Warner also turned in notable performances, with Petrovich racking up 25 assists and Warner totaling seven kills and three aces.

“When we get our offense rolling, which we have had the past couple matches, we can be tough to beat,” head coach Ryan Theis remarked after the match. “We have one of the better defenses in the league. If we get our offense going, we’re pretty good.”

The Bobcats have demonstrated a strong preference to playing at home this season. The 10-8 Bobcats are 8-2 at home and have not lost at the Convocation Center since falling to Oregon on Sept. 2.

“It’s been nice to have these last four at home,” coach Theis said. “We seem to be pretty good in this building this year.”

The Bobcats sit in second place in the MAC East, one game behind Bowling Green. The Bobcats will face Toledo and Ball State on the road before returning home to face Northern Illinois on Oct. 19.

‘Cats Power Past Buffalo With Another Strong 2nd Half

By Taylor Greik

What do you think of when you see the Ohio Bobcats play on Saturday? I see a great second half team with very poor performances in the first half of each game. Well, nothing changed this Saturday folks. After another anemic first half, Ohio was able to knock off the Buffalo Bulls 38-31 at Peden Stadium.

Ohio was coming off of a very close call at new Mid-American Conference opponent UMass, as they squeaked out a 37-34 win on the road last week. Ohio has been dealing with several injuries on both sides of the ball, but it really shows on the defensive side of the ball as this defense continued to struggle on Saturday.

In the first quarter, Buffalo was able to establish a solid running attack right from the get-go. They slashed the Ohio defense for 131 yards on 18 carries in the first quarter alone. Ohio had no answer to Buffalo’s high powered offense as the Bulls recorded drives of 75 and 93 yards on their first two drives respectively. Ohio was in such a funk in the early going of this game that it took a 100 yard Daz Patterson kick return to get the ‘Cats back into the ball game. Before the long return for six, the Ohio offense was off to a slow start as well, as Quarterback Tyler Tettleton threw his first interception of the season and Beau Blankenship was only able to gain 14 yards on the ground.

After Patterson’s touchdown off of the kickoff, Ohio’s offense got a much needed jump start to their day, as they were able to put up two more touchdowns in the second quarter. Tettleton threw a 15 yard strike to receiver Tyler Futrell, and a few minutes later, Beau Blankenship found pay-dirt on a 14 yard dash to the house.  Ohio took a 21-14 lead into the half.

Ohio was able to put forth a strong second half after 30 minutes of play. Tyler Tettleton steadied the Ohio attack with 6/15 passing for 99 ids in the second half, while the Bobcats successfully unveiled their two headed monster of a running attack for the first time this year.

To start the third quarter, Ryan Boykin returned from injury and made his first appearance of the season. Boykin split the second half carries with Beau Blankenship, who came into the game ranked second in the entire nation for rushing yards. Beau still had the majority of the carries for the game, 26 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown, but Boykin had a huge impact in the game’s result as he racked up 64 yards rushing on six carries including two clutch fourth quarter touchdowns. Boykin’s second touchdown from 51 yards out with 5:56 left was the clincher for the Bobcats as Buffalo was never able to recover.

Now a lot of people may see that it is not really fair to pick apart this defense as they are dealing with a lot of injuries, but even the Ohio players feel that they need to play better. “We’re suffering with a lot of injuries, we just gotta step up and make a lot more plays as a team”, said Wide Receiver Bukari Bussey after the game, “We finally had depth which has always been a problem in the past.” To add to Ohio’s injury woes, Ohio lost one of their senior captains, TE Jordan Thompson, for the season with an apparent leg injury. Ohio has given up over 500 total yards of offense for the second consecutive week; they gave up 503 yards to Massachusetts last week and 501 yards to Buffalo on Saturday. 313 of those total yards for Buffalo were on the ground for an average of 5.6 yards per carry, totaling the most rushing yards allowed by Ohio so far this season. Buffalo dominated the time of possession by an 11:02 margin and they were 11-19 on third down plays. There seems to be a lot of holes to patch up on Ohio’s defense.

Regardless of Ohio’s shaky performance at home on Saturday, the ‘Cats are now 6-0, 2-0 in the MAC, and became the first team in the entire country to become bowl eligible. Any football coach and team in the nation would believe in the old saying “A win is a win” and coach Frank Solich relayed that after the game as he “couldn’t be more pleased with winning this game regardless of how we win them”.

The bobcats look to ride that belief into next week as they are lined up to face the Akron Zips (1-5, 0-2 MAC) for their homecoming game.

If Ohio can keep winning games they will be in good shape as far as the conference standings go and they will keep gaining more votes in the coaches polls and the Associated Press Top 25 rankings.

Volleyball shines while shutting down Akron star

By John Kocsis

The Bobcat volleyball team continued their home stand against Akron Friday and won in three straight sets. They improved their record to 9-8, breaking .500 for the first time this season. The Zips fell to 9-8, after losing three of their last four games.

The Bobcats are 7-2 this year at home, and all nine of their wins have come in straight sets. When they play three sets , they are 8-3, when they play four they are 0-4, and when they play five, they are 0-1.

The Bobcats won the first set 25-20, Kelly Lamberti led the way, with five of Ohio’s 14 kills. Ohio’s defense shut down Akron star Tina Dimitrijevs, who leads Akron with 202 kills on the season, averaging 3.31 kills per set. In the first set she only had four total attacks and one kill, but she also committed an error.  Ohio led the entire set after they scored their 13th point and won it after their second set point.

The second set began with the teams battling back and forth. After Ohio tied it at 4-4, Akron went on a seven point run. They would retain the lead until Ohio scored their 22nd point, and led until they scored on their first set point opportunity, thus winning the set 25-23. In the second set Chelsea Bilger had six kills for the Bobcats , and 12 total attacks. Tina Dimitrijevs exploded in the second set however, recording six kills, two digs, and eight total attacks.

After the intermission, the Bobcats exploded on the court, beginning the third set on an 8-0 run and forcing Akron to extinguish both of their time-outs early in the set. Akron would slowly creep back into the set, but never came close enough to make a real impact, falling 25-17 to complete the sweep.

Chelseas Bilger had another seven kills in the third set, making her total for the set  17, with 37 total attacks on the match. Abby Gilleland led the Bobcats with 18 assists and Meredith Ashy had a game high 15 digs. Morgan Kuhn had a game high 28 assists for the Zips, and Dimitrijevs was again limited to just one kill in the third set, but recorded three errors.

Akron’s third set was sloppy, they recorded nine errors compared to only eight kills. Akron’s kill to error ratio, .133, was worse than Ohio’s, .264, throughout, but it also declined with each set, from .216 to .195 to -.029.

The Bobcats also out-killed the Zips 42-36. Their offense was more fluid and efficient throughout the game. Ohio will continue their home stand tomorrow night versus Buffalo at the Convocation Center at 7.

Ohio women’s soccer falls short to rival Miami

By Lindsay Bannister

On Friday, September 28th, Ohio’s women’s soccer team played Miami of Ohio at Chessa Field. The Redhawks won the game against the Bobcats, 1-0, carrying on their winning streak against rival Ohio since 2008.

In the first half, Miami had one shot on goal while Ohio had two. Yet neither team had success with a goal. Ohio fouled seven times in the first half, Miami six.  In the second half, Miami came out with ten more fouls and nine shots on goal, Ohio fouled three more times, and had one more shot on goal.

Miami’s Jess Kodiac scored in the seventy-sixth minute with an assist from Haley Walter on a rebound. In total, Miami’s goal keeper, Allison Norenberg saved three goals, and Ohio’s goal keeper, Mattie Liston saved nine.  After the game, Mattie Liston stated that the team is going to “work on coming out stronger in the first half” in order to improve in the weeks to come.