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Bobcats struggle on offense again in loss to Loyola Marymount

Ohio shoots 31.9 percent in 2 games in Jamaica

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Ohio’s cold shooting continued in a 65-56 loss to Loyola Marymount on Sunday in the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic at the Convention Centre.

The Bobcats shot just 33.9 percent from the field, including 16.7 percent (4 of 24) from 3-point range.

Loyola Marymount (5-0) used a 17-4 run midway through the second half to pull away and held on after Ohio (2-2) got as close as five in the final seconds.

Jason Carter led the Bobcats with 18 points, while Teyvion Kirk had 11 points. Ben Vander Plas scored 10 points off the bench.

James Batemon led the Lions with 16 points, followed by 12 points from Mattias Markusson and 10 from Cameron Allen.

After trailing 27-24 at halftime, Ohio tied the game at 32 on a pair of Vander Plas free throws with 14:53 remaining. Jeffery McClendon followed with a 3-pointer that put Loyola Marymount up for good.

The Lions’ lead reached 49-36 on an Allen three-point play with 8:12 to go, and they went up 56-42 on a McClendon jumper with just 2:37 remaining before the Bobcats made it interesting down the stretch, starting with a Carter three-point play with two minutes left.

After a Bateman free throw, Kirk hit a jumper to make it 57-47 with 1:10 left, and a steal led to a Carter dunk. Allen made two free throws that were answered by a Jason Preston 3-pointer off the glass to cut the Ohio deficit to 59-52. McClendon hit two free throws, followed by two for the Bobcats’ Mason McMurray, and Kirk came up with a steal and layup that made it a five-point game with 18 seconds left.

Another steal gave the Bobcats a chance to get even closer but they turned the ball back over and the Lions were able to close out the game.

Loyola Marymount ran out to a 12-5 lead to start the game and never trailed. Ohio shot just 29.6 percent in the first half, going 0 for 10 from long range.

In two games in Jamaica, the Bobcats scored just 100 points, shooting 31.5 percent. They were 6 of 49 (12.2 percent) on 3-pointers and are shooting just 20.9 percent on 3-pointers in all four games this year.

Ohio closes out the Jamaica Classic by hosting Austin Peay at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Convo.

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