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Hot-shooting Rockets blow out Bobcats, 91-57

Toledo makes 13 of 22 3-pointers; Bobcats go just 3 of 15

ATHENS – Toledo hit 13 of 22 3-pointers and blew out Ohio, 91-57, on Tuesday night at The Convo.

By comparison, the Bobcats were just 3 of 15 from long range and shot just 34.9 percent overall. The Rockets raised their season 3-point percentage to 41.7, eighth-best in the country.

Tre-Shaun Fletcher hit both of his 3-point tries and led the Rockets (12-6, 4-1 Mid-American Conference) with 18 points, while Nate Navigato was 4 of 5 from long range and scored 16 points and Jaelan Sanford made 2 of 5 3-pointers and scored 16 points. Willie Jackson had 14 points and eight rebounds in just 14 minutes off the bench.

Doug Taylor paced the Bobcats (8-9, 1-4 MAC) with a career-high 15 points, five rebounds and five blocks, and Teyvion Kirk scored 10 points but was just 4-of-13 shooting.

"I've never been in such a bad home loss,” Ohio coach Saul Phillips said. “I'll make sure it will never happen again. "We came out tonight and clearly weren't as interested in reversing the ball. It ultimately all falls on me because it's my job that we do those things. That's it."

Gavin Block’s 3-pointer tied the game at 11 with 13 minutes remaining in the first half before the Rockets took off. Marreon Jackson put them up for good with a 3 of his own and then knocked down another to make it 17-11.

After Toledo extended the lead, Taylor scored a layup to make it 27-20 with 6:52 to go in the first half, but the Rockets followed with a 15-0 run to begin the rout. Navigato connected on two 3-pointers, with two Fletcher free throws in between. Fletcher hit a 3-pointer and Luke Knapke dunked and scored a layup to make it 42-20 with three minutes left in the half.

Jordan Dartis made a jumper to finally stop the run, and the Bobcats eventually trailed 44-25 at halftime.

Ohio got as close as 48-33 early in the second half with Kirk scoring three layups. The score was 51-35 following a Laster layup with 15:13 to go before a 20-6 run extended the Rockets’ lead to 71-41.

"We didn't execute offensively like we should," Taylor said. "Defensively, we fell asleep a lot. We were just lackadaisical and jumping to the ball."

Toledo held a 48-29 rebounding advantage, including 12-8 on the offensive end despite having far fewer offensive rebounding opportunities. Knapke had nine rebounds to go with 6 points in 23 minutes. James Gollon led Ohio with six rebounds, while scoring 7 points, in 16 minutes.

The Bobcats have lost three straight games and lost by 25 or more for the second time in MAC play.

"There's just some things I don't have answers for right now," Phillips said. "I'm interested in finding solutions, and I'll do everything in my power to do that."

Ohio plays Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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