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Dartis, Carter lead Bobcats to win

Ohio overcomes slow start

ATHENS – Jordan Dartis scored 22 points, while freshman Jason Carter had 17 points in Ohio’s 68-57 victory against Tennessee Tech on Friday night at The Convo.

With the victory, the Bobcats (4-0) went unbeaten in the round robin Global Sports Shootout, but it was not easy early. Ohio fell behind 20-11 midway through the first half before turning things around.

Jaaron Simmons hit a 3-pointer, which was followed by a Jason Carter free throw. Rodney Culver got a dunk off of a Simmons steal, and Carter followed with two foul shots to cap an 8-0 run that got the Bobcats to within one.

Dartis, who finished 6 of 12 on 3-pointers, hit one from deep to tie the game at 24 at the 5:35 mark in the first half, and a Campbell putback dunk finally moved the Bobcats in front. They continued to push and took a 31-25 lead by halftime.

Ohio’s lead reached double digits on a Dartis 3-pointer with 14:47 remaining, and after Tennesee Tech got within four on a Mason Ramsey layup with 11:19 to go, Carter and Simmons scored back-to-back baskets, and then Carter and Dartis hit consecutive 3-pointers as part of a 10-0 run that made it 56-42 with 7:43 left.

Dartis and Carter had huge offensive nights on off nights offensively for Campbell and Simmons and with Kenny Kaminski not playing. Campbell was just 2 of 9 for six points, though he had 10 rebounds. Simmons was 5 of 17 for 12 points with five boards and seven assists. Kaminski sat out with a shoulder issue that caused him problems last season.

Aleksa Jugovic led Tennesee Tech (1-5) with 20 points, while Kajon Mack had 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Ohio faces Marshall at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, West Virginia.

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