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Cold-shooting Bobcats routed by Bulls 73-46

Ohio shoots below 30 percent, commits 20 turnovers

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – South Florida closed the first half on a 26-3 run and blew out Ohio, 73-46, on Friday in the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic at the Convention Centre.

Ohio led 12-7 after a Teyvion Kirk steal and layup with 11:32 left in the first half but found itself trailing 33-15 at halftime, not making another shot until a Ben Vander Plas layup with three minutes left in the half.

Kirk led the Bobcats (2-1) with 13 points but he also had eight of the team’s 20 turnovers against the bigger Bulls (3-0). Those miscues, coupled with 29.1 percent shooting, including just a 2-for-25 effort from long range, made for a terrible offensive day.

Antonio Cowart Jr. reached double figures with 10 points, but with he and Kirk excluded, Ohio was just 7 of 38 from the field.

"We certainly did not get enough shots," Ohio coach Saul Phillips said. "We didn't get enough good ball movement and turned it over too many times. We're a better shooting team than that. We can also do a better job of generating shots than we did tonight. We just need to make each other better with the pass a little bit more. We didn't have anyone get going offensively. I've got to figure out ways to get that going on nights when we aren't shooting well and I didn't do a very good job of that tonight."

Alexis Yenta, T.J. Lang and Justin Brown had 11 points apiece to lead a very balance South Florida offensive effort. Michael Durr had 10 points and David Collins had nine.

Ohio closes competition in Jamaica by facing Loyola Marymount at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS Sports Network.

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