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Strong 3-point shooting leads Ohio past NIU

By STEVE NITZ – snitz@shawmedia.com
Northern Illinois' Travon Baker dribbles down court in the first half against Ohio University on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The Huskies lost, 65-46. (Monica Maschak - mmaschak@shawmedia.com)

DeKALB – Ohio guard Nick Kellogg seemingly couldn't miss when he took the basketball and fired away behind the 3-point line.

The shooting seemed be be contagious for the Bobcats, a program that again is looking like one of the top teams in the MAC East at the start of conference play.

Ohio shot 10 of 19 (52.6 percent) from 3-point range and 52.1 percent from the field Saturday night in a 65-46 win over Northern Illinois at the Convocation Center. The Bobcats came into the contest shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc.

"We hadn't been shooting it very well, we came in, in league play, shooting 28 percent (from three)," Ohio coach Jim Christian said. "You know, we're a better shooting team than that. It's one of those nights, if a couple go in, it starts to spread."

The Huskies had no answer for Kellogg, who hit four of his five 3-point attempts and finished with a game-high 16 points. He moved into third place on the Bobcats' all-time list for 3-pointers made.

"A couple times we had a good high hand up, but Nick Kellogg made some deep threes, and you have to kind of credit them," NIU coach Mark Montgomery said. "They take tough shots, but they made them."

NIU (7-9, 1-3 MAC) led, 24-23, at halftime, but things got away from the Huskies in the second, as the Bobcats went on a 16-4 run to start the second. The run was capped off by Kellog's 3-pointer, and Ohio never looked back. The Bobcats (13-4, 3-1 MAC) were on fire in the second half, shooting 53.6 perent from the field, while the Huskies just went cold altogether, shooting the ball at a 25-percent clip.

"It seemed like we were a step slow in the second half. You have to credit OU, they made some tough shots, they got out in transition, and then we just didn't have enough gas in us to get the second stops or make some baskets," Montgomery said. "I thought we had some good shots, but unfortunately the ball didn't go in tonight."

Junior guard Aaron Armstead was one of the Huskies' bright spots once again, with 12 points and five rebounds. Travon Baker also had 12 points while Aksel Bolin added seven.

NIU will play its first MAC West game Wednesday when it visits Toledo.

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