Ohio 65, Toledo 57
D.J. Cooper scored 18 points, Reggie Keely added 13 and Ohio
overcame a shaky start for a 65-57 win over Toledo in the
Mid-American Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night.
The third-seeded Bobcats (25-7) will play second-seeded Buffalo
in Friday’s second semifinal. Ohio won both meetings in the regular
In the other semifinal, top-seeded Akron will face rival Kent
State, the No. 4 seed.
Leading by just two after an awful shooting performance in the
first half, Ohio opened the second half with an 11-0 run to take
control. The Bobcats, who made just 1 of 14 shots to open the game,
pushed their lead to 16 and ended a turnaround season for the
seventh-seeded Rockets (18-16).
Rian Pearson, the MAC’s leading scorer, had just eight points –
eight below his average – for Toledo, which won just four games
last season. Curtis Dennis scored 17 to lead the Rockets.