Posted by: bobcatbasketball | January 25, 2010

Freeman shines in Bobcats’ first MAC win.

Junior guard Tommy Freeman goes up for a shot during the Bobcats' win over Taylor University. Freeman scored a career high 27 points on Saturday during the Bobcats' 99-77 win over Buffalo at the Convo.

Junior guard Tommy Freeman put on a show for the 10,000 fans that trekked down to the Convo on Saturday afternoon. Freeman’s career high 27 points led the Bobcats to  a 99-77 rout of Buffalo and their first conference win of the season.

“I just focused on really running the floor in transition and finding some open spots when they went to their 1-3-1, and some of the other defenses that they played,” said Freeman

Ohio (10-9, 1-4 Mid-American Conference) also snapped a three game losing streak en route to its second highest scoring output all season.Freshman guard Jay Kinney also scored 18 points for the ‘Cats while standout point-guard DJ Cooper added 9 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds and 7 steals to lead a balanced Ohio attack. Guard John Boyer led the way for Buffalo with 20 points and forward Sean Smiley chipped in 18.

Head Coach John Groce praised the young team for changing the things that seemed to be hampering them in their previous 3 losses. “I thought our ‘teamness’ [sic], I don’t know if that’s a word—a coach that I used to play for at Taylor University used it all the time—and I thought it was good today,” he said.

The team got into a rhythm early that was spearheaded by Freeman, who found himself open often in the first half. Freeman finished 5-8 from the perimeter, while Kinney also finished 4-6. Overall, the Bobcats finished shooting over 50% of their field goals and an even 50% from behind the arc.

The Bobcats next travel to Northern Illinois to take on the Huskies. After the Buffalo game, Groce knows the team can’t be content with one win in their last four games.

“We take a day off tomorrow and we’ve got to get better Monday; we’ve got to get better Tuesday, and go play at Northern Illinois who lately has been extremely hot and playing really well. They are a very talented basketball team,” he said.

Ohio goes for its second MAC win on Wednesday night in DeKalb, Ill. and tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET.

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