A 10-2 run by the Eastern Michigan Eagles (13-13, 5-8) gave them a 28-26 lead in the first half after a three-point field goal by Willie Mangum IV.
Just 103 seconds later, Ohio’s Antonio Campbell tallied consecutive buckets and the Bobcats (17-8, 8-5) never looked back, controlling the lead until the game’s final buzzer.
Campbell’s back-to-back layups in the first half were only part of the redshirt junior’s enormous night. The Cincinnati-native racked up a career-high 33 points to go with 11 rebounds, his team-high 13th double-double of the season.
Campbell finished 14 of 20 from the field including three hits from beyond the arc, leading the Bobcats to their fourth win of the season by 20-plus points.
He was not the only member of the Green & White that was feeling it on Tuesday night at the Convocation Center, however, as Jordan Dartis nailed one of his four three-pointers on the ‘Cats first possession to open the game’s scoring.
Dartis finished with 18 points, one of three Bobcats (joining Campbell and Treg Setty) to conclude the night in double figures.
Ohio led by nine at the intermission, but soon extended that lead to double-digits with their first 12 points of the second half coming courtesy of Setty, Campbell and Dartis.
Four straight successful free throws by Dartis increased the Bobcats’ lead to 13 with 9:40 left in the game and they cruised the rest of the way for their fourth straight victory.
Magnum IV led the visiting Eagles with 19 points on seven of 13 shooting, while Tim Bond missed a double-double by just three boards (14 points, seven rebounds).
Ohio has now won four straight (averaging 83 points-per-game) and six of their last seven contests and will stay at home to host rival Miami OH (9-17, 3-10) in the first edition of the “Battle of the Bricks” rivalry on Saturday at the Convo.
The Redhawks have dropped two straight including Tuesday’s 17-point loss at the hands of Ball State at their home venue in Oxford.
Ohio’s current hot streak has placed them in a tie with Kent State for third in the MAC East with five games remaining in the regular season.