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Short-handed Ohio has no problem with Tennessee Tech

ATHENS – Ben Vander Plas had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Jason Preston was just shy of a triple-double with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as Ohio rolled to an 81-54 victory against Tennessee Tech on Saturday at The Convo.

Sylester Ogbonda added 12 points and nine rebounds for the short-handed Bobcats, who played without Jordan Dartis and Ben Roderick, as well as Miles Brown and Connor Murrell, who have yet to play this season. Freshman center Nolan Foster also suffered an injury during the game, leaving Ohio with just seven available scholarship players.

Dartis is expected back soon, while Roderick will miss several weeks with a broken hand. Foster’s status wasn’t immediately known.

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Balanced Bobcats roll past Red Storm

Ohio holds Rio Grande to 28.6% shooting in 1st half

ATHENS – Ohio had seven players score nine or more points and coasted to a 90-51 victory against Rio Grande on Wednesday night at The Convo.

Ben Vander Plas, Sylvester Ogbonda and Marvin Price had 14 points apiece to lead the Bobcats (6-3). Mason McMurray scored 12 points, Jason Preston had 11 points, and Lunden McDay and Nolan Foster scored nine points each.

"We wanted to come out and set the tone for the game," Ohiocoach Jeff Boals said. "We were up one going into the first timeout and the second four minutes we came out and out intensity was much better. I think we ended up with nine kills in the game, which for us is three stops in a row. Anytime that happens you are winning the game. I thought our defensive intensity was really good... <Read More>

Dartis' hot start leads Ohio past Detroit

Bobcats hold on after Titans get close late

ATHENS – For the second straight game, Jordan Dartis was on fire, leading Ohio to a 91-81 victory against Detroit Mercy on Saturday at The Convo.

Dartis went 6 of 9 on 3-pointers and scored 26 points, while Jason Preston was two rebounds shy of a triple-double. He finished with 20 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.

In the last two games, Dartis has gone a combined 14 of 22 on 3-pointers and has scored 58 points. On Saturday, 22 of his points game in the first half alone on 5-of-7 3-point shooting.

"When I'm open, Coach wants me to shoot it and my teammates want me to shoot it," Dartis said. "They found me when I was open and I just kind of do my job. I haven't felt like that in a little while, so it felt great."

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Bobcats blow out Zips 52-3 to gain bowl eligibility

Rourke accounts for 5 TDs, Ohio outgains Akron 603-74

AKRON – If it was his last game for Ohio, Nathan Rourke went out in style – but the Bobcats’ dominating 52-3 victory against Akron on Tuesday night makes them bowl eligible for the 11th straight season.

Rourke completed 20 of 28 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns, with another score on the ground, and Ohio outgained winless Akron 603-74. By comparison, three different Zips quarterbacks combined to go 4 of 27 for 33 yards and two interceptions at InfoCision Stadium.

Now Ohio (6-6, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) will wait to see if its season continues with a bowl game.

"I love this football team," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "They can play great football, and I'd be glad to take them anywhere and play anybody. They're an excellent... <Read More>

Dartis scores 32 points as Ohio tops Middle Tennesee

Bobcats finish in 7th place at Myrtle Beach Invitational

CONWAY, S.C. – Jordan Dartis knocked down eight 3-pointers and scored 32 points as Ohio rolled past Middle Tennessee 75-63 in the seventh-place game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational on Sunday night at the HTC Center.

Dartis went 8 of 13 from long range and added four assists for the Bobcats (4-3). Jason Preston finished with 15 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and Sylvester Ogbonda had 12 points and four rebounds.

"We knew by the way they played defense that Jordan was going to get some great looks," Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. "He struggled the last three games against great competition. He needed one to go in and once he got that first one, he got a lot of great looks and eight threes, he was huge for us. The biggest thing is we... <Read More>

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