Ohio 72, Portland 54

D.J. Cooper had 14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and five

steals to lead Ohio to a 72-54 victory over Portland on

Saturday.

Walter Offutt added 12 points and Jon Smith had 11 points and

nine rebounds for the Bobcats (7-1), who won their fourth straight

game

Ryan Nichols and Kevin Bailey scored 13 each to lead Portland

(3-7), which has lost its last three games and seven of its last

eight.

Ohio broke open a close game with a 9-1 run to take a 47-38 lead

early in the second half. The Bobcats added a 7-0 spurt a short

time later to make it 57-43.

Portland rallied to pull within 61-52, but the Bobcats put the

game away by outscoring the Pilots 11-2 the rest of the way.

Ohio shot 43 percent from the field while Portland made just

36.5 percent of its attempts.