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Campbell, Dartis lead Ohio to easy win over Bryant

Former coach O'Shea's Bulldogs no match for Bobcats

ATHENS – Antonio Campbell had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Jordan Dartis hit 6 3-pointers on his way to 20 points as Ohio bounced back from its only loss of the year with a 79-53 blowout of Bryant on Saturday at The Convo.

Jaaron Simmons added nine points and nine assists, Rodney Culver had nine points, and Doug Taylor finished with eight points and eight boards for the Bobcats (5-1).

Nisre Zouzoua led the Bulldogs (3-6) with 16 points and six rebounds, while Adam Grant had 12 points in former Ohio coach Tim O’Shea’s return to The Convo.

The Bobcats led 50-33 at halftime and by as many as 30 points, 79-49, before not scoring in the final 4:55.

"I feel it’s the mentality we have going into a game," Dartis said. "If we do what we gotta do, play high-energy defense and knock down the shots the way we are, we can win any game."

Bryant never led, but it stayed close for the first 14 minutes, tying the game at 5 and 8 and drawing to within 28-26 on a Gus Riley basket with 6:36 remaining. But Ohio dominated the next five minutes with a 19-4 run, going up 47-30 on a Taylor dunk on a Campbell assist.

Dartis had three 3-pointers during the early part of the run, giving Ohio leads of 31-26, 36-26 and 39-28. He also closed the half with a trey to answer one by Bryant’s Bosko Kostur. Dartis was 5 of 9 on 3-pointers in the first alone and finished 6 of 11, also coming up with six rebounds.

An early 8-0 run in the second half, capped by a Campbell dunk, put the Bobcats up 60-35, and Ohio had a 9-2 run later in the half, concluded by a Culver three-point play that made it 79-49.

Ohio shot 40.0 percent while holding Bryant to 36.2 percent shooting. The Bobcats also took advantage of 12 offensive rebounds to score 14 second-chance points.

While Dartis was hot from behind the arc, Kenny Kaminski was not, missing his last six 3-point tries and seven shots overall after scoring the game’s first basket from the outside.

Ohio hits the road for its next game when it plays at 2 p.m. next Saturday at Iona.

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