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Short-handed Ohio has no problem with Tennessee Tech

ATHENS – Ben Vander Plas had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Jason Preston was just shy of a triple-double with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as Ohio rolled to an 81-54 victory against Tennessee Tech on Saturday at The Convo.

Sylester Ogbonda added 12 points and nine rebounds for the short-handed Bobcats, who played without Jordan Dartis and Ben Roderick, as well as Miles Brown and Connor Murrell, who have yet to play this season. Freshman center Nolan Foster also suffered an injury during the game, leaving Ohio with just seven available scholarship players.

Dartis is expected back soon, while Roderick will miss several weeks with a broken hand. Foster’s status wasn’t immediately known.

"We always talk about opportunity and being prepared," Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. "It's tough because I've been in that situation where you sit the bench and don't play, but at this level and this game, you're an ankle sprain away from that opportunity. I think guys stepped up and we're going to learn from it and watch film and continue to work with those guys and continue to get better."

Ohio (7-3) jumped out to a quick 11-3 lead and went on another run later in the half to go up 34-16 before taking a 39-25 lead at halftime.

Tennessee Tech (3-7) hung around in the second half, trailing 61-49 with eight minutes remaining before 10 straight Ohio points put it away.

Jr. Clay was the only player for the Eagles to reach double figures, scoring 14 points. Tennessee Tech shot just 36.5% in the game, including 4 of 21 from long range.

Ohio has more than week off before hosting Purdue at 9 p.m. Dec. 17 at The Convo.






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