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Dartis scores 32 points as Ohio tops Middle Tennesee

Bobcats finish in 7th place at Myrtle Beach Invitational


CONWAY, S.C. – Jordan Dartis knocked down eight 3-pointers and scored 32 points as Ohio rolled past Middle Tennessee 75-63 in the seventh-place game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational on Sunday night at the HTC Center.

Dartis went 8 of 13 from long range and added four assists for the Bobcats (4-3). Jason Preston finished with 15 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and Sylvester Ogbonda had 12 points and four rebounds.

"We knew by the way they played defense that Jordan was going to get some great looks," Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. "He struggled the last three games against great competition. He needed one to go in and once he got that first one, he got a lot of great looks and eight threes, he was huge for us. The biggest thing is we leave here with a win."

Middle Tennessee (3-4) led 11-7 went Ohio went on a 12-2 run to take control. Dartis’ second 3-pointer of the game put the Bobcats ahead 14-11, and they did not trail again. He later had back-to-back treys to push Ohio’s lead to 28-21 and then one at the 4:24 mark that stretched the lead to double digits 33-21.

Dartis hit from beyond the arc with 15:28 remaining to give the Bobcats a 53-33 lead, and two minutes later, he hit again to make it 57-37. Middle Tennessee got no closer than 14 until the final minute.

The Blue Raiders had 10 first-half turnovers that led to 14 points for the Bobcats and did not score any points off of Ohio turnovers before halftime.

Overall, the Bobcats shot 42.1% from the floor and made 17 of 25 free throws, while Middle Tennessee shot 37.3%.

C.J. Jones and Antonio Green had 13 points each for the Blue Raiders, while Donovan Sims had 10 points.

Despite Ben Vander Plas’ 11 rebound, Middle Tennessee had a 38-34 advantage on the boards, but it also had more turnovers 16-12.

"Six of our seven games have been away from home and going into this game we talked about someone's going to leave here 0-3, somebody's going to be 1-2," Boals said. "The tougher team was going to win, and I thought we were the tougher team and I'm proud of our guys for competing."

Ohio returns home to face Detroit Mercy at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Convo.






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