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Ohio blows out Coppin State, 80-37

Bobcats hold team under 40 points for 1st time in almost 35 years

ATHENS – Ohio recorded its biggest victory in 16 years, blowing out winless Coppin State, 80-37, on Friday night at The Convo.

The Bobcats’ 43-point margin of victory was the biggest since they beat Long Island by 53, 110-57, on Dec. 27, 2001. Ohio held an opponent to less than 40 points for the first time since beating Marietta, 87-31, on Jan. 9, 1973.

Mike Laster led Ohio (4-3) with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Kevin Mickle had 15 points and five rebounds in just 15 minutes his return from an injury. James Gollon scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 16 minutes.

"In the beginning, I was a little timid," Mickle said. "After dunking the ball in warmups and stuff, it boosted my confidence."

Coppin State shot just 21.3 percent (13 of 61), including 3 of 25 (12 percent) on 3-pointers and committed 15 turnovers. Adam Traore and Karonn Davis had 8 points each to lead the Eagles (0-7).

Ohio hit five 3-pointers in the first seven minutes to open a 20-5 lead, and after a Coppin State basket, the Bobcats scored eight in a row to go extend the lead to 21 points before the midway point in the first half. Ohio scored the final eight points of the first half, and a Block steal led to a Laster dunk early in the second half to make it a 30-point game.

A 9-0 run gave Ohio a 58-19 advantage with 13:49 left in the game. The Bobcats, playing their reserves, scored the final eight points of the game.

"We take pride in it," walk-on Sam Frayer said. "The last four minutes, we prided ourselves to win it, and we won it, 8-4."

Jordan Dartis had 9 points on 3-of-5 shooting in 17 minutes, and Teyvion Kirk also had 9 points to go with eight rebounds in 23 minutes. Doug Taylor scored five points with 10 rebounds in 19 minutes.

"We've got to take advantage of every live situation we get toward getting better," Ohio coach Saul Phillips said.

Ohio faces Maryland at 7 p.m. Thursday in College Park, Maryland, on Big Ten Network.

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