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Nick Kellogg, a DeSales graduate, helped Ohio University secure the No. 2 seed in the Mid-American Conference tournament.
Ohio University springs into action during school break
The temperature was in the 20s when Nick Kellogg, his body aching from a game the day before, walked into the Convocation Center for practice Sunday morning.
Save for men’s and women’s basketball players and wrestlers, the Ohio University campus was desolate because of spring break.
Kellogg, a junior guard from DeSales, could have felt sorry for himself, but he was ready to work. On Saturday, the Bobcats (21-8, 12-2) clinched the No. 2 seed for the Mid-American Conference tournament with a 78-65 victory at Bowling Green.
Kellogg had one of his best games of the season, scoring 16 points, including four three-pointers.
“I have never been on spring break here, but it isn’t a big deal,” Kellogg said. “This is college basketball. This is the most important time of the year.”
Ohio would have had a leg up on the second seed even with a loss against Bowling Green. It was important, though, to regain momentum after losses to Belmont in an ESPN Bracket Busters game and to Akron — in overtime — in what amounted to the MAC regular-season championship game.
“We did play hard Saturday,” Kellogg said. “After the Akron loss, coach (Jim Christian) said a good team wouldn’t feel sorry for itself or look for excuses. A nonchampionship-caliber team would pack it in and wait for the MAC tournament.”
Kellogg said it helps that the Bobcats have the same cast that won the conference tournament championship and won two games in the NCAA Tournament last season.
“We have been through this so long,” he said. “We have four seniors starting. It’s big-time for us to have that experience. We know what it takes. We know how to prepare to win.”
OWU plays host to Cabrini
Ohio Wesleyan will play host to Cabrini (Pa.) in the second round of the NCAA Division III men’s tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday at Branch Rickey Arena. Both teams are 23-5.
The Battling Bishops advanced with an 84-75 victory over Saint Vincent (Pa.) in the first round. Cabrini defeated Hampden-Sydney (Va.) 80-78.
Cabrini is appearing in its 11th NCAA tournament and fourth straight. It has won the Colonial States Athletic Conference championship the past four years. Last season, it lost to Wisconsin-Whitewater 63-60 in the national championship game.
Gerbec excels for Ashland
Daiva Gerbec, a 6-foot senior center from Watterson, has been a key player on the Ashland women’s team (28-1), which is ranked second in NCAA Division II and won a second straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division championship.
Gerbec is averaging 14.3 points and 9.6 rebounds and ranks fifth nationally in field-goal percentage (.581). She has 1,115 career points.
Gerbec also was named to the Capital One All-American Academic team. She has a 3.94 grade-point average in biochemistry.