Posted by: bobcatbasketball | January 14, 2010

Bobcats fall short late for the second straight game

Jimmy Conyers knew his time would come eventually. The senior forward, whose playing time in the past has been sporadic, posted a double-double for the fourth time in his career as the Akron Zips beat the Ohio Bobcats 67-62 at the Convocation Center on Wednesday night.

“He’s really making me look stupid for [not playing him] that much during the past three seasons,” said Akron head coach Keith Dambrot.

Conyers’ 16 points and 14 rebounds helped to lead an Akron squad that out-rebounded Ohio 40 to 28. Junior forward Brett McKnight also chipped in 13 points for the Zips, who have won eight of their last nine games including their first two conference match-ups.

The Zips cruised to a 31-18 lead late in the first half, but Ohio came storming back in the second behind Bassett, who scored 15 points in the second half to pace the young Bobcats. Akron took the lead for good after McKnight sank a jumper with 6:06 left in the game to give the visiting team a 57-58 lead. Conyers iced the victory with a clutch 3-pointer to make the score 63-59 with 2:43 to play.

Junior transfer guard Armon Bassett led the way for the Bobcats with 25 points but also committed 6 turnovers in the loss. Ohio has now lost three straight at home and is 0-2 in conference play. While the team has lost three straight games for the second time this season, players tried to see draw some positives from the loss.

“I think we can compete with anyone in the conference,” said Freshman guard DJ Cooper, who contributed 11 points and 5 assists.

Ohio head coach John Groce praised the team for what he called “the best effort all season”, but criticized his players for playing undisciplined basketball after frustrations with officiating during the first half.

Akron head coach Keith Dambrot also had some praise for the young Bobcats after the hard fought game. “They’re going to be a good team once these guys grow up and get their diapers off,” the coach said.

When asked about facing budding star Cooper, Dambrot said, “If it’s not DJ [Cooper] it’s some other guy. Coach Groce is building a good program here and Ohio has always won. We’re certainly not happy having him in the conference and having to compete with him in recruiting these young players.”

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  1. Mike, I’m giving you a 20/25 for this assignment because I want the questions transcribed. (If you have them recorded and can go back and transcribe them, I’ll give you the five points; just shoot me an email.)

    I’m not a fan of the “on blah, blah”… it doesn’t give the readers a sense of what the interaction is. It’s a total PR/team web site move to NOT put the questions in. You’re better than that! 😉

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