Billiards at Ohio University: A Way To Chill With Friends And Take A Study Break

Daanish Iqbal and Anibal Campos stand in a dimly lit lounge room at Ohio University’s Baker University Center, the student center on campus. They’re beside one of the three pool tables in the first-floor lounge, which also houses casual-dining restaurant Latitude 39.

Five TVs are spread out, mounted on the green walls. It’s the Thursday evening before Athens’ annual Halloween block party, so students’ excitement for the extravaganza is growing.

But right now, Iqbal and Campos are focused on their game of pool. Throughout the games, Iqbal tried to keep pace with Campos. In watching the two, Campos appeared to be the better player. He does have a pool table back home in Bolivia. In this one game, though, Iqbal had a chance.

He only had the black, No. 8 ball left. If he sunk it, then he’d win.

He missed. “Dude, it came outside the pocket,” Iqbal says in frustration. Campos won the game, but it was getting late. He and Iqbal had to eat dinner. The next game would be their last for the evening. Campos racked up the balls, and a new game began.

Iqbal and Campos are both sophomores at Ohio, and they are engineering majors. Iqbal, who is from Pakistan, studies mechanical engineering; Campos studies industrial engineering. They met each other while playing pool last September, and they usually play five games at a time. “Out of five, I get like two (wins),” Campos says.

While eight-ball pool is an older game, its origins dating back to the early 20th century, its inherently calm nature intrigues OU students like Iqbal and Campos. Playing pool isn’t physically taxing compared to football, basketball or soccer. It’s a mental game. And even so, the level of mental warfare that occurs during a game depends on the competitiveness of the players.

With the stresses of college sometimes too much to bear, playing pool offers students a way to get away from studying and hang out with their friends. “It’s fucking college, you know, we don’t want to study all the time,” Iqbal says.

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According to the 2013 National College Health Assessment, approximately one-third of college students said they struggled to function in the past 12 months because of depression. Also, nearly half of them said that they felt overwhelming anxiety in the past year. The study looked at data from 125,000 students who were from more than 150 colleges and universities.

Pool isn’t the only way to relieve stress at OU, though. Ping Recreation Center has fitness classes, five basketball courts, a weight room and a track. Students can work out and release endorphins, chemicals that can make a person feel good and relieve stress. But when students are in between classes, or even perhaps when they’re finished for the day, they can go to the pool tables in Baker to play a few rounds.

Though playing pool is a way to chill with friends, the game still requires mental fortitude. “The way I see it, pool is for smart people,” Campos says. As Campos and Iqbal play, they don’t talk much – words are spoken only really between shots.

The end of Iqbal’s and Campos’ pool session is near, but another one is about to begin. A group of four students, two men and two women, saunter into the lounge and start to play at one of the two other tables. And shortly after, four men who are members of the OU Billiards Club walk in to start playing.

On this Friday eve, perhaps these students want to have some fun before the weekend starts, too. The second table with the group of four is composed of freshmen. Sean Bailey, Amber Riley, Dylan Stewart and Brianna Barton like to play pool because it’s a way to hang out with one another.

The number of students who come to play pool at Baker is consistent. Students can regularly be seen carrying pool cues along with a box of pool balls up and down the escalators. Stewart, who studies psychology, says that he and his friends play pool about twice a week.

For Riley, it was only her second time ever playing pool. But as the friends played, friendly banter ensued. The four played in teams, with Riley and Stewart on one, and Bailey and Barton on the other.

After Stewart tried a shot and missed, Bailey had some trash talk for his friend. “Oh shit, shit, oh that was cool,” Bailey says as Stewart misses. “Would’ve been cooler if it went in, but you can’t always get what you want.”

The sarcastic remarks aside, the friends root each other on. That is, the friends who are on each other’s team.

As Stewart prepared for another shot, Riley gave him a pep talk as she handed him the cue stick. “Dyl, you got this,” Riley says. He sunk the shot.

Though playing pool can be a stress reliever, Bailey had an interesting take on the sport. “It’s kind of a stress reliever or a stress causer,” Bailey says. That goes back to how the intensity of a pool game can vary depending on who’s playing. The sport is relaxing, but the level of concentration necessary to strategize and subsequently pocket balls is high.

Playing pool has its moments in which players toil, wanting to hit the white cue ball in a way so it’ll hit the balls cleanly into pockets.

“It’s a little bit more thinky than basketball, but not as much as chess,” says Michael Brookhart, the vice president of the OU Billiards Club.

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As the four students left – Stewart and Riley won the group’s series 2-1 – some of the OU Billiards Club members played on another table. The club comes to the lounge to play on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m.

Brookhart is wearing a black “Haunt Miami” T-Shirt – Ohio’s football game on Halloween against Miami came the following week. Along with him is junior Connor Coyne, the president of the club, and Jonathan Sisler, a sophomore who studies mathematics. In addition to Brookhart, Coyne and Sisler is Connor Berelsman, a freshman who is in the club.

The four are playing in teams, with Sisler and Brookhart on one, and Coyne and Berelsman on the other. The TVs are still on: CNN plays on one, “Jeopardy!” on another as well as the NFL Network on one.

As Sisler and the group play, he doesn’t hesitate to name the best player among the group.

“Connor,” Sisler says, pointing at Coyne, who is wearing a green and white OU hoodie with the Bobcat logo on the front.

Coyne, who studies athletic training, joined the club when he was a freshman, and he has a pool table back home in Cincinnati. Brookhart began playing a year before he came to school. All play as a hobby, but the group’s skill level and competition level appear to be higher compared to the students playing earlier.

As Sisler talks about how professionals play, how they plan their entire path of where they’ll hit the balls, he talks with relative ease. He talks about how pros sit down as they watch other players sink multiple shots in a row. Sisler said the pros know that their turn won’t be for a while because opposing players know what shots they want.

Sisler and Brookhart are on a team, and they’re losing to Coyne and Berelsman. Coyne and Berelsman have the solids, and they have the red No. 3 ball left. After that, they’ll only have the black No. 8 ball to pocket.

Sisler and Brookhart won the previous game, and in this game, they have the striped balls. The orange No. 15 ball, the purple No. 12 ball and the green No. 14 ball still needed to be pocketed.

Sisler was going to take the shot, and he had a chance to pocket the No. 15 and No. 12 balls – that’s if he lined them up correctly. As he took the shot, Sisler talked about the importance of not accidentally pocketing the white cue ball, particularly when trying to pocket two balls at once. When a player pockets the cue ball, it’s a scratch, and the other player or team receives possession.

Sisler pocketed the No. 15 and No. 12 striped balls, so Coyne had to be clutch. The red No. 3 ball still needed to be taken care of, and the No. 8 ball was left, too. No relaxation here.

“There,” Coyne says as he pocketed the red ball.

Then, after Sisler eventually dispatched the last striped ball, only the coveted black No. 8 ball was left for both teams. Berelsman had the opportunity to win the game for him and Coyne. He called his shot to the right corner pocket opposite him.

The white cue ball rolled into the pocket, and by default, Sisler and Brookhart won.

As Iqbal and Campos finished their last game, Campos was in position to win. “It’s a straight shot,” Iqbal says as Campos prepared for the shot. Campos cleanly pocketed the No. 8 ball, and he won. “Let’s go boy,” Campos says to Iqbal as they prepare to leave. It was time for them to eat dinner, the relaxing pool session over.

 

 

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Women’s basketball: Ohio loses 82-58 against Central Michigan on the road

Women's basketball: Ohio loses 82-58 against Central Michigan on the road

 

Ohio freshman guard Cierra Hooks (#1) drives to the basket during the second half of the Bobcats’s win over Notre Dame College on Nov. 16. (CARL FONTICELLA | FOR THE POST)

 

Coach Bob Boldon knew that his team’s effort in rebounding against Central Michigan was present.

And really, the effort was there in the other aspects of Ohio’s game, too. But the results were not.

Central Michigan, the best rebounding team in the MAC, is simply just good. The Chippewas offense is fluid as it regularly looks for the best shot. The Bobcats, though they have the top turnover margin in the MAC, struggled to defend the Chippewas on Wednesday and lost 82-58 in McGuirk Arena.

As the Bobcats headed up to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, they were tasked with trying to defend Tinara Moore and Reyna Frost.

Both are in the top five in the MAC for rebounds per game, with Frost leading the conference (13.5). The Bobcats lost the rebounding battle 47-28.

The Bobcats are last in the MAC for rebounds per game (31.8). They don’t have a lot of size, so playing good perimeter defense has been important for them. The effort was there on defense, but Moore and Frost were a difficult combo to defend down low. That only opened space for the Chippewas to make threes.

The Bobcats hadn’t played such an elite offense all season. Still, with it being only the second game of MAC play for them, the game was a good test.

“We got a good version of Central today unfortunately,” Boldon said. “They’re tough to beat up here no matter what version you get, but the way they shot it in the first half, we really kind of dug ourselves a hole.”

After being down 23-16 at the end of the first quarter, a quarter in which the Bobcats held the Chippewas to 1-of-6 shooting from three, the Bobcats couldn’t stay within reach in the second quarter.

The Chippewas went 5-of-5 from three in the second quarter, and the Bobcats struggled to defend the perimeter, something they’ve done well throughout the season.

Along with that, the Bobcats struggled to defend in transition, and the Chippewas outscored the Bobcats 31-15 in the second quarter.

Despite freshman Cierra Hooks finding holes in the Chippewas defense in the first half, the Bobcats couldn’t muster much offense throughout. Hooks led the team with 16 points.

“We knew it was going to be a tall order coming in,” Boldon said. “And then our poor shooting didn’t help because they got to get 32 defensive rebounds off the shots that we missed.”

The Bobcats (7-6, 1-1 MAC) are two games into conference play, so what’s going to be important is how they fix their mistakes quickly. Ohio plays Akron (6-6, 0-2 MAC) at home Saturday.

Boldon thrives off fixing his team’s mistakes. He regularly talks about specific areas the Bobcats need to fix after games, whether they win in dominant fashion or lose in a blowout.

And this game against Central Michigan is just another step toward the Bobcats’ growth.

“We gotta figure out maybe technique or what we’re doing as far as rebounding responsibilities to try to close down this number,” Boldon said. “We for better or for worse have to play these guys again.”

 

 

 

Women’s Basketball: Ohio defeats Toledo 78-61 to open MAC play

Women's Basketball: Ohio defeats Toledo 78-61 to open MAC play

 

Ohio guard Dominique Doseck dribbles toward the basket during the Bobcats’ game against Akron at The Convo on Jan. 27, 2016. Ohio won 75-55. (FILE)

 

Dominique Doseck had scored plenty. But near the end of the game, Ohio needed a few more points to put Toledo away.

With 3:38 left in the game Sunday, the Bobcats were up by 10 against the Rockets after having held a 17-point lead heading into the fourth. But shortly after the Rockets cut the lead, Doseck hit a 3-pointer.

Doseck’s 3-pointer helped the Bobcats maintain their lead, and she scored a career-high 27 points as the Bobcats defeated the Rockets 78-61 in The Convo. The Bobcats ended 2017 on a two-game win streak, and they opened Mid-American Conference play with a win.

But Doseck, one of Ohio’s best scorers, needed a game like this one.

In the previous six games, Doseck averaged 7.6 points per game; she averaged 9.9 points per game before Sunday. Also, in the previous six games she averaged 22.0 percent shooting from the field and 18.3 percent from three.

Doseck struggled to shoot well recently, but she hasn’t wallowed in her troubles.

“Dom’s put in an incredible amount of work in all phases of her game, but especially shooting over the last month,” coach Bob Boldon said. “She’s been frustrated with the results, and instead of pouting, she’s actually in here trying to do something about it.”

At the beginning of the season, Doseck was one of the Bobcats’ premier scorers. And as the No. 3 scorer behind Amani Burke and Cierra Hooks, she still is — she averages 11.3 points a game.

When Doseck shoots well, both she and the Bobcats benefit. Still, Boldon’s offense isn’t set up to run through any particular player.

But Doseck’s ability to shoot well allows her to succeed in an offense that doesn’t necessarily have a No. 1 or 2 option.

While Doseck had her best game of the season, Ohio had its best of the season since it beat Purdue.

The Rockets are part of a talented MAC West division that also features Central Michigan and Ball State. The Rockets are also the reigning MAC champions, so for the Bobcats to get a win against them is important.

“There’s just a lot of really good teams in our conference,” Boldon said. “I wish there were less, but there’s not.”

The Bobcats are ranked No. 10 overall in the MAC, but with conference play underway, continuing to win and improve will be the goal. If the MAC remains competitive, every game will be significant for the standings.

Before Sunday, Doseck was in a slump. Throughout the season, the Bobcats (7-5, 1-0 MAC) have struggled to shoot well.

But their numbers have begun to improve. In its games against Toledo and North Carolina A&T, Ohio has averaged 38.5 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from three.

Still, Boldon said he doesn’t want this game to be the only good one Doseck has this season.

And the same can be said for the Bobcats.

Up next, Ohio (7-5, 1-0 MAC) will play on the road Wednesday against Central Michigan (9-3, 1-0 MAC).

 

 

Women’s basketball: Ohio defeats North Carolina A&T 72-65, closes non-conference play with a win

Women's basketball: Ohio defeats North Carolina A&T 72-65, closes non-conference play with a win

 

Ohio sophomore guard Amani Burke (#3) drives to the basket during the first half of the Bobcats’ 93-37 win over Notre Dame College on Nov. 16. (FILE)

 

Amani Burke hadn’t scored for the entire fourth quarter before she made the shot.

Burke lead Ohio in points heading into the fourth, but as the quarter wound down, Ohio was up by two points against North Carolina A&T. Just over a minute was left. The Bobcats needed the win to end non-conference play well. They had lost four of their last five games.

With under a minute left, Burke hit a 3-pointer after Ohio’s 30 second timeout. Burke’s 3-pointer was the clincher the Bobcats needed, and they beat the Aggies 72-65 on Thursday in The Convo.

Burke averaged 16.2 points per game in the previous four games before she and the Bobcats played the Aggies. Despite averaging 10.8 points per game in the first six games, she’s been the consistent scorer the Bobcats have needed.

Because a consistently productive offense, not defense, has been what the Bobcats have searched for in this first half of the season.

The Bobcats found their offense against the Aggies through gaining as many possessions as possible. Coming into this game, the Bobcats needed to prevent the Aggies from dominating the rebounding battle.

The Aggies are ranked No. 5 in the country for offensive rebounds per game (18), but the Bobcats held them to five. The Aggies also average 43.4 rebounds per game, and the Bobcats average 31.2.

Both teams had 33 rebounds on Thursday, though.

“If we get out-rebounded like we typically do, we lose this game today,” coach Bob Boldon said. “It was great to see the players focus on that.”

Boldon also said that the Bobcats had a good week practicing competing for rebounds. But with the Bobcats fighting for rebounds, that only helped the offense succeed.

Burke led the team with 18 points, but freshman Cierra Hooks had 14 points; freshman Gabby Burris had 11 points. Hooks and Burris came off the bench, but Burke’s steady scoring pace throughout the game helped the Bobcats maintain their lead.

Aside from Burke’s and the team’s recent offensive uptick, what’s been important is that Ohio remains one of the best defensive teams in the country. The Bobcats have the top turnover margin in the country, and they forced the Aggies to commit 32 turnovers. The Bobcats are regularly in games because of their defense.

But Boldon knows that as the Bobcats head into MAC play, creating a productive offense, one where shots fall regularly, will be a significant factor in Ohio’s success.

“Hopefully at some point we can start shooting it better than the other team shoots it,” Boldon said. “But we at least gave ourselves plenty of opportunities with being in the vicinity with the rebounding, and with the turnovers being what they were.”

Before the game against the Aggies, the Bobcats shot 40.6 percent from the field and from the 3-point line in the previous three games. Ohio’s shooting numbers against Purdue helped bump up those numbers, but the improvement is still there.

In its first seven games, the Bobcats shot 34.8 percent from the field and 23.4 percent from three.

Ohio (6-5) will start MAC play against Toledo (9-3), the reigning conference champions, Sunday in The Convo at 1 p.m.

“To get back on the winning side of things I think makes everybody feel a little bit better as you prepare for a very tough Toledo team,” Boldon said.

 

Women’s Basketball: Ohio loses 77-59 against Virginia in West Palm Invitational

Women's Basketball: Ohio loses 77-59 against Virginia in West Palm Invitational

 

Ohio sophomore guard Amani Burke (#3) drives to the basket during the first half of the Bobcats’ 93-37 win over Notre Dame College on Nov. 16. (FILE)

 

Ohio needed to have a good start against Virginia, its final opponent in the West Palm Invitational.

The Bobcats started well and scored 28 points in the first quarter Sunday, the highest-scoring first quarter they’ve had all season.

The quality start, though, was flattened for the rest of the game. Ohio was outscored 41-14 in the second and third quarters, and it lost 77-59 against Virginia in Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center at Keiser University.

“It was nice to see them respond from a tough loss the night before and just really come out and shoot it, and played with a lot of confidence,” coach Bob Boldon said.

Ohio was coming off a 70-68 loss against Furman in which guard Le’Jzae Davidson hit a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left to give Furman the win. That was why the Bobcats needed a good start against the Cavaliers.

How the Bobcats responded would be important, especially considering the Cavaliers were just as good a shooting team, if not better, than the Paladins. The Cavaliers shot 50 percent from three.

Despite the Cavaliers’ overwhelming size, which included 6-foot-9 center Felicia Aiyeotan, the Bobcats weren’t at a significant disadvantage at the outset. They only lost the rebound battle 10-6 during the first quarter, and their defensive intensity was as high as it’s been. The Bobcats forced the Cavaliers to commit five turnovers in the first, and they had four steals.

The rest of the game was different, though. Aiyeotan and the Cavaliers’ size became a factor, one that the Bobcats struggled to overcome on offense. Ohio scored six points in the second quarter, its lowest-scoring quarter this season.

“The last three quarters were not as good, and we’ve got to try to get that stuff worked out,” Boldon said.

Ohio, a program that’s won 20 or more games for the past three seasons, is not used to losing this many games early in the season. For the past three seasons, the Bobcats (5-5) have not lost more than three games in their first ten games.

Ohio has had a tough non-conference schedule. It has played three Power 5 schools – Michigan, Purdue and Virginia — in ten games, and it only defeated Purdue.

With only one game left in non-conference play, though, Boldon knows his team is running out of time to fix its problems. Ohio will start Mid-American Conference play at home Dec. 31 when it plays Toledo, the reigning conference champions.

“I think there’s a little bit of a sense of urgency and little bit of frustration and disappointment,” Boldon said. “And just trying to figure out the best way to handle all those feelings moving forward.”

The Bobcats are on the back end of non-conference play, but they’ve still grown throughout this tough schedule. The offense has shown steady improvement, particularly when Ohio shot a season-high 62.5 percent from three against Purdue.

Throughout the season, growth has been the story, particularly because this team is so young. Five freshmen are on its roster, and three of those freshmen — Cierra Hooks, Gabby Burris and •Alexis Stover — have earned consistent minutes in Boldon’s rotation.

As Ohio comes off this game, it will have a break before its last non-conference game; Ohio will play North Carolina A&T at home Dec. 28.

Perhaps this break will only help the Bobcats continue to grow.

“We’ll come back and get one more in before conference play starts, so I’m anxious to see how it goes,” Boldon said.

 

Women’s Basketball: Ohio loses 70-68 after Furman hits 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left

Women's Basketball: Ohio loses 70-68 after Furman hits 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left

 

Ohio redshirt senior guard Taylor Agler (#0) looks to drive to the basket against Notre Dame College in the second half of the Bobcats’ 93-37 win on Nov. 16. (FILE)

 

Ohio didn’t score for the last three minutes of the game, but during those last three minutes, it had a one-point lead against Furman.

With about 16 seconds left, the Bobcats just needed to hold against the Paladins for one more possession. Furman guard Le’Jzae Davidson had other plans, though.

Davidson hit a 3-pointer as time nearly expired in Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center. The Bobcats had 0.7 seconds left after that, but Dominique Doseck missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer.

The Bobcats lost 70-68 against the Paladins on Saturday during their first game of the West Palm Invitational.

“I’m sad it was against us, but I’m happy for (Davidson),” coach Bob Boldon said. “Those are the moments that make college basketball so special.”

The Bobcats didn’t lead until the fourth quarter, but the game was close throughout. The Paladins’ largest lead was nine points, which was held near the end of the first quarter. Ohio held Furman down because of its defense, but its offense couldn’t establish the momentum it needed.

The Bobcats’ largest lead was two points, but a big part of that was because of the Paladins’ stellar shooting. The Paladins shot 47.1 percent from the 3-point line.

“Wish it would have went our way, but it didn’t,” Boldon said. “And we’ve got to get a quick turnaround. I think that’s the challenge when you lose a heartbreaker to try to turn around and get ready to play the next day.”

Ohio will play its second game of the West Palm Invitational against Virginia on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. It will be the first time in program history Ohio plays Virginia, and it will be Ohio’s third Power 5 opponent of the season. The first two were Michigan and Purdue, and, though they lost to Michigan, the Bobcats were only down by three heading into the fourth quarter of that game.

Virginia (4-6), another good shooting team, has shot 38.2 percent from three this season, and it’s coming off a 52-43 loss to Rutgers.

“We got to play a much better team,” Boldon said. “It’s tough when you lose and you’ve got to go play somebody better. And that’s what’s going to happen.”

After a heartbreaking loss to the Paladins, the Bobcats have a chance to prove themselves quickly because of their game Sunday against the Cavaliers.

On top of that, the Bobcats have gone through a bevy of experiences in non-conference play, and this invitational gives them a chance to build upon those experiences. A game-winning layup from freshman guard Cierra Hooks against Marshall; a second half turnaround against Eastern Kentucky; a close win against a quality Purdue team.

These games, ones where the Bobcats have needed to excel in situational basketball, provide them a chance to build (5-4) the battle-tested makeup they’ll need come Mid-American Conference play. Ohio will start MAC play Dec. 31 at home against Toledo, the reigning conference champions.

“It’s the nice thing about the non-conference schedule is you get presented all these different obstacles, and you gotta deal with them,” Boldon said.

 

Women’s Basketball: Ohio ends two-game skid, defeats Purdue 77-71 on the road to earn quality win

Women's Basketball: Ohio ends two-game skid, defeats Purdue 77-71 on the road to earn quality win

 

Ohio freshman guard Cierra Hooks (#1) drives to the basket during the second half of the Bobcats’s win over Notre Dame College on Nov. 16. (CARL FONTICELLA | FOR THE POST)

 

Cierra Hooks stood at the top of the 3-point line and dribbled. Her teammates stood spread out on the perimeter, and the lane was clear.

As the clock ticked with under a minute left in Mackey Arena, Ohio needed a bucket to put Purdue away. And with the ball in the hands of Hooks, Ohio’s quickest player, a basket at the rim was likely.

With under 50 seconds left, Hooks raced to the hoop and made a layup. The Bobcats went up by five and maintained the lead from there. They defeated the Boilermakers 77-71 on Sunday, earning their first win against the Boilermakers since Feb. 6, 1982.

The good shooting game the Bobcats needed finally came, and on top of that, they continued to play aggressive on defense.

Before the game, the Bobcats were known for their strong perimeter defense. Ohio has the top turnover margin in the country, and it forced Purdue to commit a season-high 33 turnovers.

“Our ability to turn them over was probably the difference in the game,” coach Bob Boldon said.

The Bobcats needed to continue playing stifling perimeter defense, especially considering the Boilermakers were the best 3-point shooting team in the Big Ten before the game.

More importantly, though, the Bobcats needed to show an ability to shoot better. The Bobcats shot 34.8 percent from the field and 23.0 percent from three before Sunday.

But as they hoisted shots in Mackey Arena, the shots finally fell. The Bobcats shot a season-high 62.5 percent from three and 46.4 percent from the field.

“It’s a credit to the amount of time and effort that these kids put in in preparation,” Boldon said. “We’ve been shooting it a lot. We dedicated nearly an entire practice to shooting.”

Before Friday’s practice, Boldon said that the Bobcats had dipped recently on the defensive end. But the Bobcats were also spending more time in practice on their offense — the productivity on defense would naturally dip.

Still, the Bobcats played one of their best games on the defensive end against the Boilermakers. They kept with the Boilermakers’ speedy pace, scoring 36 points off turnovers.

This game has a chance to be a turning point for the Bobcats. It’s their best game of the season to date.

Because if the shots continue to fall at a reasonable rate, and if they continue to play some of the best defense in the country, the Bobcats have a chance to be one of the best teams in the Mid-American Conference.

“You get to enjoy these things for a short time, and I’m going to encourage our kids to enjoy it (the win),” Boldon said. “But then you get right back to work getting ready for the next one.”

UP NEXT: Ohio will travel to West Palm Beach, Florida, where it will play Furman and Virginia in the West Palm Beach Invitational.