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Campbell leads Bobcats past Yellow Jackets

Ohio gets 67-61 victory in 1st road game of season

ATLANTA Antonio Campbell had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Ohio to a 67-61 victory against Georgia Tech on Friday night at McCamish Pavilion.

Jaaron Simmons added 17 points and nine assists, and Kenny Kaminski hit 5-of-8 3-pointers to score 15 points.

Ben Lammers had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Tadric Jackson had 17 points for the Yellow Jackets (2-1).

Ohio (3-0) took the lead for good on a Gavin Block three-point play with 6:14 remaining, and Simmons scored a layup to make it a five-point game, 57-52.

After a Lammers dunk, Campbell scored a layup and Simmons hit a shot to give Ohio its biggest lead, 61-54. Georgia Tech got back within a possession on two free throws by Quinton Stephens and another Lammers dunk, but Campbell hit a pair at the foul line with 2:06 remaining.

Neither team scored again until a Simmons free throw made it 64-58 with 33 seconds left. Block added a free throw 15 seconds later.

The Bobcats won despite a 7-of-16 free-throw performance, and Campbell dominated by going 10-of-17 from the field despite being in foul trouble.

Georgia Tech led by as many as seven points in the first half and had 32-27 halftime lead. They held the lead until a Kaminski 3-pointer tied it at 46 with 11:26 remaining. Another Kaminski trey put Ohio on top by three, and it went up 52-48 on a Campbell 3-pointer midway through the second half.

Back-to-back Yellow Jackets baskets tied the game one more time before Block put the Bobcats up for the remainder of the game.

Ohio used a 9-1 run to turn a three-point deficit into a five-point lead, capped by a Campbell tip-in at the 6:40 mark, making it 22-17. But Georgia Tech came back with a 13-1 spurt, going up 30-23 on a Jackson 3-pointer.

Georgia Tech shot just 33.3 percent in the game, including 27.8 percent in the second half. It had a 2-of-13 effort by Josh Okogie, who did contribute 11 rebounds and three blocks. Stephens was 1 of 9, and point guard Justin Moore went 2 of 6 with eight assists. The Yellow Jackets had 17 offensive rebounds.

Ohio shot 41.0 percent, including 10 of 22 on 3-pointers. Georgia Tech had more points in the paint, 36-26, and points off turnovers, 13-7, but fewer fast break points, 24-6.

The Bobcats host Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. Friday in The Convo.

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