Ohio avoided disaster after beating Bowling Green 85-78 at The Convo on Tuesday night. After going through a first half littered with missed shots, the Bobcats woke up in the second half and four players scored in double digits.
Here are some quick reactions to Ohio’s victory over Bowling Green:
Bad start for the shoot
During their winning streak, Ohio got used to building double-digit leads behind a decent shot. Ohio suffered nights with below average shot percentages, but managed to maintain their winning streak through those nights.
But another dead night nearly cost Ohio their winning streak.
The Bobcats shot 39.4% from the field in the first half and just 23.1% from beyond the arc. Jason Carter and AJ Clayton were the only Bobcats to land more than half of their shots before halftime. Even Mark Sears, one of Ohio’s most trusted shooters, failed in the first half. The sophomore was 2 of 6 on the field and had only collected six points at halftime.
Clayton with more time on the ground
Clayton has spent much of the season flying under the radar. As his time on the pitch increased as the season continued, the freshman still stuck with the occasional 3 points and limited time on the pitch.
But Clayton had his time in the sun against Bowling Green. The forward scored 12 points off the bench in 14 minutes on the pitch. Whether Tuesday was Clayton’s escape night remains to be seen, but his performance is worthy of attention.
Ohio has been beaten by Bowling Green in recent years, but it broke that trend on Tuesday.
The Bobcats won their first game against the Falcons since the 2018-19 season. They scratched and kicked for the win, but the Bobcats ended a three-game losing streak against the Falcons and extended their winning streak to eight games.