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Hunter scores 1,000th career point in win

Ohio runs away from Detroit Mercy

ATHENS – Jaylin Hunter scored his 1,000th career point as Ohio ran away with a 71-52 victory against Detroit Mercy on Saturday at The Convo.

Hunter finished with 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for his first double-double. AJ Clayton had a game-high 18 points with six rebounds, and Ike Cornish came off the bench to score 12 points for the Bobcats (2-1).

"Honestly, it didn't hit me until I looked at the jumbotron and they said I had 1,000 points," Hunter said. "The first thing that went to my mind was just like how thankful I am for my teammates, transferring to Ohio and just meeting such a great group of guys and coaches to help me be successful."

Marcus Tankersley led the Titans (0-4) with 14 points and eight rebounds. Jayden Stone had 11 points and seven points for Detroit Mercy, which shot just 31.7% on the day.

A Clayton 3-pointer gave the Bobcats a 6-4 lead with 17:31 left in the first half, and Ohio was in front the rest of the way. A Cornish 3-pointer extended the advantage to 15-6 nearly midway through the half, and Cornish scored a fast break layup a couple of minutes later to make it 19-7. The Bobcats went on to take a 32-22 lead into the locker room.

The Titans hung around for a good portion of the second half before the Bobcats put them away. A 7-0 run was capped by a Hunter steal and dunk for his 1,000th point and gave Ohio a 50-35 lead. A three-point play with less than two minutes left gave the Bobcats their biggest advantage, 70-48.

AJ Brown went just 1-for-10 in the game, including 1-for-8 on 3-pointers, and Miles Brown missed the game with a lower body injury. Cornish stepped up after scoring just two points combined in his first two games with Ohio.

Titans leading scorer Stone went just 4-of-17 from the field, including 3-of-14 on 3-pointers. Defense allowed the Bobcats to overcome 39.7% shooting of their own.

"He really hurt us last year,” Ohio coach Jeff Boals aid. “With the games that he's had already this year, we wanted to try to make it as difficult as possible for him to be a high-volume shooter and a low volume scorer and to hold him to a 4-for-17 and 3-for-14," Boals said. "It was multiple guys. They did a lot of handoffs and ball screens, so we switched a lot to try to make him work and earn it. 23 is a really good player, (Edoardo) Del Cadia. To hold him 3-for-11, I thought our defense was really, really good."

The Bobcats next head to the Bahamas to take on George Washington in the first round of the Baha Mar Hoops Championship at 7 p.m. Friday.

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