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Ohio Men's Basketball Defeated By Toledo

Ohio Men's Basketball Defeated By Toledo

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By Mike Ashcraft
OhioBobcats.com

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (8-9, 1-4 MAC) fell to Mid-American Conference West Division foe Toledo (12-6, 3-1 MAC), 91-57, on Tuesday (Jan. 16) at the Convocation Center.

The Rockets shot 52.2 percent (35-of-67) from the field -- including 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from three-point range. The contest marked the best shooting performance by an Ohio opponent in 2017-18. Toledo held the Bobcats to just 34.9 percent (22-of-63) shooting. Ohio converted just 3-of-15 three-point attempts.

Toledo raced out to a 44-25 halftime lead thanks to a 55.6 percent (15-of-27) shooting effort that included eight treys. The Rockets never led by less than 16 points in the second half and led by as many as 35. 

"I've never been in such a bad home loss. I'll make sure it will never happen again," said fourth-year head coach Saul Phillips. "We came out tonight and clearly weren't as interested in reversing the ball. It ultimately all falls on me because it's my job that we do those things. That's it."

The Bobcats were led by a career-high 15 points from junior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio), who shot 6-of-9 from the field. He also added five blocks, five rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes of play.  Freshman guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds in 29 minutes of play. Kirk has finished in double figures in points a team-high 15 times this season -- including each of the last nine games.

"We didn't execute offensively like we should," said Taylor of the loss. "Defensively, we fell asleep a lot. We were just lackadaisical and jumping to the ball."

Senior guard/forward Tre'Shaun Fletcher led all scorers with 18 points for Toledo, going 6-of-14 with a pair of threes and converting 4-of-6 free throw attempts. He also contributed six rebounds, four assists and a steal over 29 minutes of work. Junior guard Jaelan Sanford shot 7-of-14 from the field with two treys en route to 16 points. He also notched three rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes. Junior forward Nate Navigato scored 16 points off of a 5-of-7 performance that saw him go 4-of-5 from three-point land in addition to sinking both of his free throw attempts. He also logged a block and a steal in 24 minutes of work. Sophomore forward Willie Jackson went 6-of-8 from the field en route to a 14-point effort off of the bench. He also tallied eight rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes of action. Freshman guard Marreon Jackson drilled three three-pointers to finish with nine points. He also distributed a game-high five assists and totaled two rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes. Sophomore forward/center Luke Knapke hauled in a game-high nine rebounds in addition to totaling six points, an assist and a block in 23 minutes.

"There's just some things I don't have answers for right now," said Phillips. "I'm interested in finding solutions, and I'll do everything in my power to do that."

Ohio is set to hit the road again, this time for a trip to Ypsilanti, Mich., to face off with MAC West Division foe Eastern Michigan on Saturday (Jan. 20). The opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

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