LIMA - The University of Northwestern Ohio men's basketball team turned up its game a few notches in the second half and rallied for a 72-69 win over Adrian College in the Racers home opener.
After trailing 37-28 at halftime, the Racers shot 52 percent from the floor in the second half (15-of-29) and out-rebounded the Bulldogs 23-17.
"We beat a good basketball team tonight, and we beat a quick basketball team," UNOH coach Chris Adams said. "They had us on our heels the entire first half. I felt like the kids adjusted to the pace of the game in the second half."
The Bulldogs edge stayed around six-to-eight points over the next eight minutes, but two more jumpers by Watkins and a tough 3-pointer by Jake Bolyard gave the Racers a 64-63 lead with 2:54 to play.
UNOH (3-2) took the lead for good with under a minute to play on a Bolyard jumper. Watkins and Elliott added buckets to put the game away.
"Hats off to the plays Todd Watkins and Johnny Elliott made," Adams said. "Todd came off the bench and lifted the team tonight. Johnny Elliott had some big rebounds and forced some turnovers with his hustle, and that got the crowd into it."
Bolyard scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, going 2-of-5 from 3-point distance. Watkins had all of his 13 points and six of his team-best eight rebounds after halftime.
Elliott had nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Dustin Guthrie added 10 points and a block.
"I was very happy with the way they played over the last five minutes," Adams said. "I'm pleased to death."