ATHENS, Ohio -- D.J. Cooper scored 17 points and Ohio overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat Miami (Ohio) 58-54 on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Ohio trailed 44-32 with 11:58 left in the game when Miami's Geovonie McKnight made a free throw. But the Bobcats answered with a 15-0 run, capped by Cooper's 3-pointer with 7:04 remaining to claim a 47-44 advantage.
Jon Smith, who nearly had a double-double, led the spurt with five points for the Bobcats (23-8, 14-2 Mid-American Conference). Smith finished with nine points and 10 rebounds -- six offensive.
The RedHawks cut Ohio's lead down to one on two occasions, but they were unable to regain the lead the rest of the way.