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Mickle Leads Ohio Men's Basketball To Exhibition Game Win Over Capital

Mickle Leads Ohio Men's Basketball To Exhibition Game Win Over Capital

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By Janie Dulaney
OhioBobcats.com

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ATHENS, Ohio -- Graduate forward Kevin Mickle (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the way with 19 points as the Ohio men's basketball team defeated Capital, 80-57, in a Dad's Weekend exhibition game on Saturday (Nov. 4) in front of 7,512 fans at the Convocation Center.

"He's been very good everyday in practice," said fourth-year head coach Saul Phillips of Mickle's performance. "Just with him running the court alone changes the dynamic of this team. We can play off of him. He's been very consistent. He's been our second leading scorer in five-on-five this preseason. He can shoot the ball better than he did tonight. I thought the only time he looked hurried was when he took jump shots. I thought he let everything just come to him. He has a refreshing attitude, he's a terrific athlete, soft-spoken kid who has come in and fit in right away."

During his first appearance as a Bobcat, Mickle put together an 8-for-13 shooting effort and also registered eight rebounds and two assists in his 24 minutes off the bench. 

"First impression, I wanted to make a little bit of a big statement," said Mickle. "Today, I just wanted to focus more on the defense and let the offense come naturally. I can play offense, which is a natural part of my game. I just wanted to show a little bit of that. I just wanted to make a good first impression."

Ohio outrebounded the Crusaders, 52-28, and hauled in 18 boards on the offensive. The Bobcats took advantage of 17 trips to the free throw line, sinking 14 foul shots.

Mickle was one of five Ohio players in double figures. Senior guard Mike Laster (Detroit, Mich.) went 5-of-10 from the field to finish with 11 points. He also had two rebounds, an assist and a block in a game-high 30 minutes. Sophomore forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) added 11 points, seven rebounds and an assist over 27 minutes. Junior guard Jordan Dartis (Newark, Ohio) posted 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes of work. The collegiate debut of freshman guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) saw him score 10 points, grab six rebounds, dish out three assists and tally a steal in 22 minutes off of the bench.

Junior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) nearly achieved a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds and scored eight points in 20 minutes. He also had a block and a steal. Junior guard/forward Gavin Block (Lincoln, Ill.) led the team with three steals -- including one that led to a dunk by Laster late in the second half. He also had a game-high four assists and recorded five points and three rebounds in 29 minutes.

"It was good for the most part," said Block of the team's performance. "It got sticky at times. Except for a couple lapses on offense I thought the ball was moving. We were getting it inside and getting good looks all day."

Leading the way for Capital was sophomore guard Austin Schreck, totaling 16 points after going 6-of-13 from the field in his 29 minutes on the court. He also had a game-high four steals, three rebounds and two assists. Freshman guard Dan Auble also finished in double figures with 11 points while going 4-for-9 in the field -- including 3-of-6 from three-point range. Sophomore forward Caleb Cox scored eight points and also chipped in a game-high two blocks, five rebounds, an assist and a steal over 27 minutes of work.  Sophomore guard Joey Weingartner played 17 minutes off the bench, tallying eight points, two rebounds, and two steals for the Crusaders. Freshman forward Tyler Jamison led Capital with seven rebounds and also provided an assist and a block in 26 minutes.

Ohio opens the 2017-18 regular season next Saturday (Nov. 11) against Alabama A&M. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

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