Ohio fell to George Washington 77-49 on Monday in the first round of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The Bobcats’ 28-point loss was a result of dismal 25 percent second half shooting.
George Washington (7-3) shot 47 percent from the field and benefitted from 15 offensive rebounds. The Colonials pulled away with a 12-0 run that put them up 20 points with just over six minutes remaining.
“At times, when we’ve had scoring droughts like that, our execution has been poor,” Ohio coach Saul Phillips said on the Ohio Bobcats Radio Network. “I didn’t think that was as much the case tonight. I thought we had some good looks in the second half that didn’t fall.”
Ryan Taylor led Ohio (3-5) with 13 points on five of nine shooting, but scored all of his points in the first half. The freshman was the lone Bobcat to reach double-digits in the loss.
Ohio was outrebounded 44-28 by George Washington and turned the ball over 14 times. The Colonials held a 46-22 points in the paint advantage over Ohio.
“We did not pound the ball inside,” Phillips said. “They did.”
The Bobcats also failed to draw fouls and get to the free throw line. Ohio took just three foul shots; the Colonials shot 18.
George Washington was led by Kevin Larson’s 19 point, 15 rebound double-double performance. The 6-foot-10 junior physically overpowered Ohio’s front line.
The 28-point defeat was the worst loss for Ohio since a 58-point defeat to then No. 6 Kansas on Nov. 26, 2010.
The Green & White will face Depaul (6-5) in the classic’s consolation game Tuesday at 2:30.
“I would expect us to come out more fight than we’ve had in a long long time tomorrow,” Phillips said. “‘Cuz we just got it rubbed in our face.”