Ohio 73, Richmond 48By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Nov 24, 2012 4:40 PM EST
ATHENS, Ohio - Senior guard Walter Offutt led four Ohio players in double figures with 16 points as the Bobcats dominated the second half in dispatching Richmond, 73-48, on Saturday at the Convocation Center. D.J. Cooper added 14 points, Jon Smith had 13 and Nick Kellogg added 12 points for Ohio, which is off to its first 5-0 start since 1969. Forward Derrick Williams scored 17 points, Darien Brothers added 16 and Kendall Anthony had 15 for the Spiders (4-2). The teams, meeting for the first time, were playing in a pseudo championship game for the Nation of Coaches Classic, an exempt, round-robin tournament that also included Wofford, Hampton and North Carolina-Wilmington. Ohio and Richmond were 3-0 against the other teams in the field. The Bobcats have won 14 straight home games, and broke the 70-point mark for the seventh consecutive time at home. Ohio, however, needed a big second half after Richmond led, 30-27, at halftime. The Bobcats shot 61 percent from the field after intermission, and outscored the Spiders, 46-18, in the final 20 minutes. The Spiders led, 38-34, with 16:09 left after Brothers hit a shot-clock beating three-pointer. But Ohio exploded for a 23-5 run over the next nine minutes, keyed by five three-pointers in six minutes, to take control. Richmond shot only 25 percent in the second half, 35.1 percent for the game and finished with 19 turnovers that led to 26 Ohio points. Williams accounted for 14 points to help the Spiders to their halftime lead. He only hit three shots, but made 8-of-11 free throws and had three assists. Brothers added nine points, all in three-pointers. Ohio shot 33.3 percent (10-of-30) from the field in the first half and had 10 first-half turnovers. Offutt and Kellogg each had seven points. The Spiders snapped a 2-2 tie with a 9-3 spurt capped by Williams' dunk inside and two free throws. The Bobcats chipped away at the deficit, and broke back in front, 23-21, on T.J. Hall's three-pointer. But Richmond scored the next seven points to grab a 28-21 lead after Brothers' three-pointer from the top of the key with 1:30 left in the half. Kellogg scored on a lay-up at the first-half buzzer to make it 30-27.
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