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Ohio wins exhibition game over Capital 73-49

Preston leads the way with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists


ATHENS Ė Jason Preston scored 17 points and added seven rebounds, six assists and three steals as the Ohio menís basketball team opened its season with a 73-49 exhibition victory against Capital on Saturday at The Convo.

Jordan Dartis scored 13 points, while freshman Lunden McDay started and scored 12 points for the Bobcats. Ben Vander Plas had nine points and five rebounds.

It was the first game back on the floor of his alma mater for new coach Jeff Boals.

"It was a surreal feeling," Boals said. "It's a little different when you're coaching on the sidelines instead of in uniform. I've been looking forward to this opportunity for a long time and I'm really excited that I'm able to be at my alma mater, be the head coach and represent a great university. I look forward to many wins in this building."

Ohio played without four injured players expected to be major contributors this season: guard Connor Murrell and freshmen Ben Roderick, Miles Brown and Marvin Price.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 17-5 lead in the first eight and a half minutes and had a 29-12 lead with 5:41 remaining. Ohio led 33-20 at halftime and pulled away in the middle of the second half.

Dartis, who missed all of last season with a hip injury, was just 2 of 12 from long range in 32 minutes.

"I woke up this morning around 6:30 and I was a little nervous," Dartis said. "Then I thought about the opportunity to be a basketball player again, and I am just so grateful right now. I'm glad to get that first game under my belt and just get comfortable again. It felt really good."

Georgia Tech graduate transfer Sylvester Ogbonda had five points and five rebounds but struggled with foul trouble in 19 minutes. Post play is expected to be a question mark for the Bobcats, but redshirt freshman Nate Springs (seven points and four rebounds) and true freshman Nolan Foster (six points and eight rebounds) showed well off the bench.

Forward Ganiyu Yahaya led Capital with 17 points, while Reed Bradfield had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Ohio held Capital to 31.7% shooting, had a 44-37 rebounding advantage, and finished with fewer turnovers 19-14.

The Bobcats begin the regular season against St. Bonaventure at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Reilly Center in Olean, New York.






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