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Carter, Vander Plas post double-doubles in Bobcats win

Ohio snaps losing streak to Robert Morris

ATHENS – Jason Carter and Ben Vander Plas both posted double-doubles as Ohio snapped its four-game losing streak against Robert Morris with an 85-71 victory on Monday night at The Convo.

Carter led the way by scoring 18 points, with Vander Plas right behind with 17 points. They each had 11 rebounds, and three other players for Ohio reached double figures.

The Bobcats had lost to the Colonials four straight times from 2010-2012.

Ohio was coming off of a win at Cleveland State two nights earlier.

"I thought tonight was a really good, challenging test for our guys," Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. "With a quick turnaround from Saturday night's game, we got home at 1a.m. And it was more of a mental day on Sunday. I thought our guys did a great job of carrying our game plan from film and walkthrough to the game tonight.

Kahliel Spear led Robert Morris (0-3) with 21 points, with Jaron Williams adding 19 points.

The game was tight until an Ohio run near the end of the first half. Carter hit a jumper to put the Bobcats ahead 25-22, and Mark Sears followed with a layup. After a basket by Williams, Miles Brown put back a Carter miss and then Vander Plas followed up Brown’s missed layup after a steal, making it 31-24.

Sears missed a pull up 3-pointer in transition, but Carter was there to stuff in through the rim with 3:45 left in the half.

Scoreless in the first half, Ben Roderick made five straight free throws to give Ohio (3-0) its first double-digit lead 44-33 with 17:01 remaining, and after a Justin Winston layup, Roderick connected from long range. He hit two more free throws and then made a layup at the 14:48 mark, giving him all 12 of the Bobcats’ points in a span of a little more than three minutes.

A little later, Vander Plas threw down a dunk following a Sears miss to push Ohio’s advantage to 57-43, but Robert Morris made a run to get as close as 62-55 on a Williams 3-pointer just after the midway point of the second half.

Vander Plas scored four straight points, and after a Williams basket, Carter added a basket for Ohio, with Sears scoring two more for the biggest lead to that point, 72-57 with 6:44 to go. A minute later, a Lunden McDay 3-pointer put the Bobcats up 75-59.

Robert Morris shot a higher percentage from the field 49.1-46.4%, but Ohio managed 14 more shot attempts by grabbing 12 offensive rebounds and forcing 16 turnovers.

Sears continued his strong start to the season with 16 points, three steals, three rebounds and two assists. Roderick had 14 points, and McDay came off the bench to score 11 points.

"Multiple guys stepped up and made contributions and another awesome crowd," Boals said. "Good to see the football team out there. Hopefully they get a win tomorrow. And you know, a good team win."

Ohio puts its unbeaten record to the test when it takes on Kentucky at 7 p.m. Friday at Rupp Arena.

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