Men’s Basketball: Ohio tops Cleveland State

After dropping their previous game at the hands of St. Bonaventure, the Ohio Bobcats rebounded on Saturday Night, defeating Cleveland St, 76-67, to improve to 5-3 this season.

Ohio started slow out of the gates, falling behind seven points in the opening minutes of the game. However, they soon found their stroke on offense, something that has been a consistent part of their game this season with an average of 81.3 points-per-game.

Jordan Dartis hit one of his five three-pointers with 1:42 remaining in the first half to put the green and white ahead by two points–a lead they would not surrender for the rest of the game.

Dartis struck again from downtown with 14:45 left in regulation to extend Ohio’s lead to 51-38, they would build as much as a 17-point advantage in the final ten minutes in route to a nine-point victory.

Antonio Campbell had a big night for the visiting Bobcats, tallying a team-high 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jaaron Simmons had 13 points to go with his team-high seven assists.

Dartis totaled 15 points, all courtesy of the three-point shot, going five of nine from deep.

Andre Yates and Rob Edwards each led the hometown Vikings with 17 points.

Saturday marked Cleveland State’s fifth straight loss, dropping them to 2-7 this year.

What’s next?

Ohio will now head back to Athens and will not have to play away from their home city until the new calendar year, January 6th at Northern Illinois, a contest that will also start their stretch of conference play.

The Bobcats’ four-game home stand starts this Tuesday when they host Ohio Dominican at the Convocation Center, a venue they are 3-0 at this season.

@scdermer4

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