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Ohio prevails in overtime against Miami

Dartis' play late help Bobcats win


ATHENS – Jordan Dartis scored following an offensive rebound with 49 seconds left to put Ohio on top, and the Bobcats knocked off rival Miami, 92-87, in overtime on Saturday at The Convo.

After a Miami turnover, Dartis made a pair of free throws, and Bam Bowman missed a 3-pointer with 8 seconds to go. Teyvion Kirk’s free throws then sealed the victory.

Dartis led the way with 23 points and six rebounds, Kirk finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Gavin Block came off the bench to score 16 points.

Nike Sibande led the RedHawks with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Darrian Ringo had 16 points and nine assists. Dalonte Brown also scored 16 points.

After Miami erased a 15-point second-half Ohio lead with Sibande’s free throws with less than two seconds left forcing overtime, the RedHawks went up 85-81 on a Rod Mills layup with 3:06 left.

Dartis answered with a big 3-pointer, and Kirk scored a layup to move Ohio in front. Sibande hit two more foul shots with 1:19 to go to put Miami back on top before Dartis’ stickback finally put the Bobcats up for good.

"Our resolve, especially when we were down four," Ohio coach Saul Phillips said. "They come down, score, they're up four. Jordy gets the three. Then we get a big steal when Ringo was getting really comfortable and TK (Kirk) went down and put it in. That's a big three possessions of offense there, and, obviously, one really big one on defense. I'm absolutely relieved in so many ways."

Ohio’s lead was double digits before the RedHawks made a run beginning with two Bowman free throws with 3:59 left in the second half. Jalen Adaway hit a 3-pointer, and after Mike Laster hit a jumper, Sibande connected from deep to get his team within 78-74.

Ringo hit one free throw, and Bowman came up with a steal for a layup to make it a one-point game with 1:20 left. Block split two free throws at the 1:03 mark, and after a Miami miss, Ohio committed a turnover. After a timeout, Adaway missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer, but Sibande was fouled on the rebound and tied it by making both free throws.

Miami jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the game. Ohio followed with a 13-3 run to take the lead. The RedHawks briefly regained the lead, 18-17, on a Rod Mills 3-pointer before six straight Bobcats points to give them a lead they then held until the final seconds of regulation.

Block hit a 3-pointer that capped a 13-2 Ohio run that pushed the lead to 14. Miami came back with nine straight points, and after the teams traded points, Kirk beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer to make it 43-35.

Laster’s steal and dunk put the Bobcats up 54-39 early in the second half for their biggest lead.

"Man, when shots are falling, and we're playing good defense, there's no better feeling than that," Dartis said . "Just getting a win at the end of the day, that's all that matters to us. Just trying to be consistent and getting wins at the end of the season."

Doug Taylor was productive for Ohio with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Kevin Mickle had 12 points and four boards off the bench. James Gollon had 7 points and seven rebounds in his first start.

"There's nothing wrong about having a game that'll jazz you up more than others," Phillips said. "Lets you know you're alive, and there's nothing wrong with that. Every school has that school that evokes emotion; some have a couple. This one, just by sheer history of it, is pretty special and unique. You do have to remind kids that they're just playing a basketball game. But, this will mean more just walking around campus and doing some of that other stuff."

Ohio hosts Kent State at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Convo.






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