Big 1st half lifts Ohio past Arkansas State 69-54

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ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- D.J. Cooper, Reggie Keely and Nick Kellogg scored 13 points each as Ohio defeated Arkansas State 69-54 in a nonconference game Sunday.

Kellogg hit two baskets and Cooper a 3-pointer during a 9-0 run that gave the Bobcats (3-0) a 21-10 lead with 11:02 remaining in the first half. They never led by fewer than seven points after that.

Ohio scored 13 second-chance points to two for the Red Wolves (1-3) in taking a 38-25 halftime lead.

Brandon Peterson scored 19 points and Trey Finn 17 to lead Arkansas State. The Red Wolves shot 52.6 percent (10 of 19) in the second half after making just 37.5 percent (9 of 24) in the first, but they trailed by at least 10 points for all but 17 seconds of the final 20 minutes.

Walter Offutt contributed 12 points and nine rebounds and Keely had nine rebounds for the Bobcats.