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Quick start helps Bobcats top Highlanders

Carter scores 19 points, Taylor has 16 rebounds

ATHENS Jason Carter scored 19 points and Doug Taylor had a career-high 16 rebounds as Ohio topped Radford 78-69 on Saturday at The Convo.

Teyvion Kirk added 17 points and six rebounds, and Ben Vander Plas had 14 points and five rebounds off the bench for the Bobcats (6-3).

Carlik Jones and Caleb Tanner had 16 points each, while Travis Fields Jr. scored 14 points for the Highlanders (6-3).

Ohio jumped out to a 10-2 lead and increased its lead to 23-8 on a Vander Plas 3-pointer with 8:54 left in the first half. Radford closed the gap to as close as 29-26 on a Tanner 3-pointer at the 2:55 mark and trailed 32-26 at the half.

Radford cut its deficit to 48-45 by a Jones jumper midway through the second half, but Carter hit two free throws and Vander Plas three to put Ohio back up by eight. A Gavin Block 3-pointer made it a 10-point game.

One more time the Highlanders made a run, getting to within 59-55 on an Ed Polite Jr. jumper with 6:37. Ohio answered again with three Vander Plas free throws. Polite buried a 3-pointer before an Antonio Cowart Jr. layup. With 3:47 to go, Tanner connected from deep to make it 66-62, but the Bobcats had an answer with a Jason Preston jumper that helped them hold off Radford.

"It was a good win over a good team," Ohio coach Saul Phillips, "I'm probably most excited about how we withstood some of their punches they threw at us. It seemed like every time we had a chance to get some traction and pull away, they hit a big shot."

Ohio has a week off before taking on Detroit Mercy at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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