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.