Updated Sun, Nov 17, 2013 2:50 pm
The Ohio Bobcats prevailed over the Morehead State Eagles in overtime 64-56 Saturday night. It is the second year in a row the ‘Cats have beaten Morehead State in overtime.
The ‘Cats are now 2-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
The Bobcats outscored the Eagles 16-8 in overtime to seal the victory. Overtime started slowly, but the ‘Cats proceeded to go on a 12-4 run after the two teams traded off opening buckets. The ‘Cats shot lights out in overtime making four of their five shots from the floor, two of which came from beyond the arc. This came after shooting only 35 percent from the floor in regulation.
Ohio’s defense turned around after giving up 88 points last week to Xavier, by only allowing 56 to a usually high-powered Eagles offense. The ‘Cats defense stepped up forcing Morehead State to commit 21 turnovers, which Ohio was able to turn into 15 points. The ‘Cats shut down the Eagles big three in Terrice Robinson, Shanice Parker and Almesha Jones only allowing 29 total points to the trio.
Kiyanna Black and Quiera Lampkins had four steals apiece giving Ohio eight of its 10 steals on the night.
Lexie Baldwin led the way for Ohio in scoring with 19 points while also bringing down six rebounds. Mariah Byard also contributed 12 points of her own.
The ‘Cats were significantly outrebounded as they gave up 18 offensive rebounds to the Eagles, as opposed to the 11 they were able to snag at the other end.
Once again, the ‘Cats struggled from the free throw line making 22 of 32 attempts, only netting just over 68 percent of their freebies.
“They hung in there. We were battling some shooting woes, but we never let that effect out defensive intensity,” said head coach Bob Boldon.
The ‘Cats stayed out of foul trouble as they only committed 18 personal fouls as opposed to the 29 they committed against Xavier.
Ohio’s next game is Thursday, Nov. 21, at Louisville. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.