Score: Ohio 87, Rio Grande 56
Location: Convocation Center - Athens, Ohio
The Short Story: With four players in double figures and a double-double from senior forward Antonio Campbell (Cincinnati, Ohio), the Ohio men's basketball team emerged victorious in an exhibition battle with Rio Grande , 87-56, on Saturday (Nov. 5) at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.
OHIO STARTERS: #2 Jaaron Simmons, #13 Kenny Kaminski, #22 Gavin Block, #33 Antonio Campbell, #35 Jordan Dartis
RIO GRANDE STARTERS: #3 Stanley Christian, #4 Corey Cruse, #5 Raul Timoner, #23 Greg Wallace, #33 Abraham Eze
HOW IT HAPPENED
â¢ Ohio jumped out to a 21-6 lead over Rio Grande , led by 14 first half points from Campbell. He finished with 17.
â¢ The RedStorm turned the ball over 11 times in the first half, which resulted in 12 Bobcat points.
â¢ Redshirt junior guard Jaaron Simmons (Dayton, Ohio) went 4-of-9 from the field for nine points with two assists in the first half. He finished the game with 13 points and four assists.
â¢ Ohio jumped out to a fast start, highlighted by a trey by sophomore guard Jordan Dartis (Newark, Ohio).
â¢ In the first half, the Bobcats shot 33.3 percent (11-of-33) and 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from the three-point line. They also made 11-of-15 free throws in the half. Ohio led, 38-17, at the half.
â¢ The RedStorm came out strong in the second half, jumping out to a 7-0 run. The Bobcats followed it up with their own 7-0 run, which put the game away.
â¢ Ohio was led by freshman forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) in the second half, who had nine points and three rebounds. He finished with 15 points, the second most on the team.
â¢ Dartis continued to give Rio Grande fits, adding seven points to his total of 13.
â¢ In the second half, Ohio improved its shooting, making 19-of-35 shots from the floor (54.3 percent). It also added on five more three-pointers, finishing with 10 on the day.
â¢ Freshman guard Rodney Culver (Columbus, Ohio) contributed three rebounds and six points. He also added an assist and steal.
â¢ Every player on the team saw time and scored at least one bucket.
â¢ The Bobcats out rebounded the RedStorm 43-37 and won the turnover battle, forcing 20 Rio Grande turnovers. Ohio also stole the ball nine times compared to Rio Grandeâs three.
Third-year head coach Saul Phillips on the potential of his team
"I like the fact for the first time since I have been here, Iâm trying to figure out how I can get guys more minutes."
Phillips on the exhibition game as a whole
"That doesnât look like the way we are going to rotate players against Southern. I was throwing stuff at the wall just to see. It was fun. I needed to make sure everyone got a fair shake. This is the last dress rehearsal before we get going."
Junior forward Sam Frayer on the game
"I think we did really well. We really focused on contesting shots today. Coach said zero uncontested shots today going into the game. That was our goal."
Senior guard Drew Crabtree
"We were just excited to get back out there. We were happy to see our defensive efforts have gotten better and hard work during the summer went well."
Ohio opens the 2016-17 regular season next Saturday (Nov. 12) with a 2 p.m. ET matchup against Southern.