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Vander Plas has 4th triple-double in Ohio history

Bobcats bounce back with blowout of Chippewas

ATHENS – Ben Vander Plas had the fourth triple-double in the history of the men’s basketball program as Ohio bounced back from a blowout loss to Kent State with a dominant 76-50 victory against Central Michigan on Tuesday night at The Convo.

With the man responsible for two of those previous triple-doubles in attendance, Vander Plas finished with an even 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Jason Preston was in attendance while his Los Angeles Clippers team is on All-Star break.

"I mean to be able to have Jay in the Convo to see that was pretty special," Vander Plas said. "I was just trying to emulate his game as much as I could tonight. That's what I was trying to do."

D.J. Cooper had the first triple-double in program history.

Tommy Schmock continued his recent hot streak, finishing with 23 points on 7-of-14 3-point shooting. Jason Carter added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Ben Roderick had 10 points.

Although Central Michigan (6-19, 5-9 Mid-American Conference) stayed close most of the first half, the game became a blowout in the second half, with Ohio (23-5, 14-3 MAC) leading by as much as much as 75-43 on a Sam Towns layup with 2:24 remaining.

"I really loved our response from Friday night's game," Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. "Thought our guys came out with great energy and juice and continued that for 40 minutes, which is the response that you want to see. And I thought our defensive effort was phenomenal. They were active. They made it hard for them.”

With both teams starting the game slowly on offense, the Chippewas led 12-10 midway through the first half on a Miroslav Stafl layup. The Bobcats went ahead for good on an AJ Clayton 3-pointer and later used a 10-0 run to move in front by double digits.

Leading 33-22, Ohio started the second half with an 11-2 run to go up by 20 points. After Central Michigan cut its deficit to 13 points with 12:08 remaining, a Schmock 3-pointer ignited a 19-4 run, taking a 68-40 lead on a Carter free throw with 6:42 to go.

Ralph Bissainthe led the Chippewas with 12 points. Brian Taylor and Kevin Miller scored 11 points each. Central Michigan shot just 31.3% from the floor, including 4 of 22 on 3-pointers.

“They run some great offense, and Miller hurt us in game one and he's been playing well,” Boals said. “I thought our defense created some offense and we got some run outs, did a great job sharing a basketball against their zone. Twenty-three assists on 27 baskets is very selfless and just a great team win."

Although he scored only eight points – a game after scoring only 10 against Kent State – Mark Sears made an impact for Ohio with seven assists and four rebounds.

The Bobcats play their final home game of the season at 6 p.m. Friday when they host Akron on CBS Sports Network.

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