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Rockets start fast, roll past Bobcats 75-52

Ohio has another poor offensive game in loss

TOLEDO - Ohio's offensive struggles continued in a 75-52 loss to Toledo on Friday night at Savage Arena.

The Bobcats shot just 32.2 percent in the game despite decent success from the outside. Ohio was 9 of 27 (33.3 percent) on 3-pointers but just 10 of 32 (31.3 percent) inside the arc.

Gavin Block was the only Ohio player in double figures, finishing with 12 points. Top scorers Jason Carter (8 points) and Teyvion Kirk (7 points) combined to go 6 of 25 from the field.

Luke Knapke scored all 16 of his points in the first half and added nine rebounds for Toledo (15-3, 3-2 Mid-American Conference). Marreon Jackson and Jaelan Sanford each had 14 points, and Nate Navigato scored 10 points.

The Rockets jumped out to a 30-7 lead in the first 11 minutes, and the Bobcats (9-8, 1-4 MAC) got no closer than 49-39 early in the second half.

"We got completely blown up on screen and rolls," Ohio coach Saul Phillips said. "We actually got that fixed and started cutting into the lead. You can't survive that start very often and it was disappointing. Antonio (Cowart Jr.) has been so good defensively, but Jaelan (Sanford) got him a little bit, particularly early. It wasn't just him. Our edges were late and they're dribble penetration set everything up and their shooters got open and we didn't do a very good job against their screen and roll."

Toledo pushed the lead back out to 20 points by the 9:30 mark at 61-41, and after Ohio followed with a 7-0 run, the Rockets scored 12 straight points.

The game featured few offensive rebounds (six for Ohio, five for Toledo), few turnovers (10 for Ohio, nine for Toledo) and few free throws (5 of 9 for Ohio, 7 of 7 for Toledo). Shot making was the difference.

"We battled back and our offense at the beginning of the second half was terrific," Phillips said. "We had a stretch where we got a lot of really good looks, and that's the way we have to look offensively, but consistently."

The Bobcats host Western Michigan at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Convo.

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