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

season.

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.