LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 25: Gorgui Deng #10 of the Louisville Cardinals shoots the ball while defended by Reggie Keely #30 and Jon Smith #21 of the Ohio Bobcats during the game at KFC YUM! Center on November 25, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Ohio won its third straight game after squeaking by the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 84-82 after a game-tying attempt was missed by Travis Bader at the end of regulation on Wednesday night at Athletics Center Arena in Oakland, Michigan.
The Bobcats have now sandwiched three wins on both sides of their only loss of the season -- a thoroughly competitive 59-52 decision to the now fourth overall ranked Louisville Cardinals on Nov. 25.
The bench delivered for Ohio, racking up exactly half of the team's 84 points, led by guard Stevie Taylor's 13 and forward T.J. Hall's 10. Starting point guard D.J. Cooper led the Bobcats with 18 points and added 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Ohio's balanced effort fended off a trio of Golden Grizzlies who each score 21+ points, as Corey Petros and Reggie Hamilton went for 23 points each and Travis Bader added 21, but the latter could not hit a potentially game-tying shot at the end.
The Bobcats now travel to the west coast to square off against the Portland Pilots on Saturday.