ATHENS, Ohio– The Ohio men's basketball team (2-2) returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 24 to begin a three-game home stand when the Bobcats host Austin Peay (2-3). Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Saturday's contest will not be streamed, however it will be broadcast on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with 'Voice of the Bobcats' Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius on the call. Radio pregame coverage is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'
LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of a 65-56 defeat at the hands of Loyola Marymount (5-0) at the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic on Nov. 18.
Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) finished the game with 18 points, going 6-of-14 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Carter also grabbed five rebounds for the Bobcats. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) finished the game with 11 points, going 5-of-13 from the field, while redshirt freshman forward Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) finished with 10 points, going 3-of-8 from the field and 2-of-6 from beyond the arc. Senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) finished the game with seven points and a team-high six boards.
Ohio finished the game shooting 34 percent (19-of-56), from the field 17 percent (4-of-24) from three-point range and 78 percent (14-of-18) from the free throw line. LMU finished shooting 48 (21-of-44) percent from the field, 33 percent (7-of-21) from beyond the arc and 89 percent (16-of-18) from the charity stripe. Ohio grabbed 30 boards to LMU's 31, including grabbing 12 offense rebounds compared to LMU's five. Ohio recorded 12 steals to the Lions' four and dished out 12 assists. Ohio also scored 28 points in the paint compared to LMU's 24, while scoring 15 points off of 21 LMU turnover, while the Lions capitalized on 17 Ohio turnovers, scoring 19 points.
For Loyola Marymount, the Lions were led by Batemon who scored 16 points, going 5-of-11 from the field, 2-of-7 from three-point range and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Mattias Markusson finished with 12 points, going 4-of-6 from the field, while Cameron Allen added 10 points and Dameane Douglass grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Austin Peay with an overall record of 2-2.
Four games into the season, Ohio is averaging 70.0 points per game. They are shooting 41.0 percent from the field, 20.9 percent from three-point range and 69.3 from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 40.5 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.3 assists, 8.0 steals and 4.5 blocks per game.
Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 16.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He is shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 13.8 points per game 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Vander Plas is averaging 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting .45.7 from the field.
SCOUTING THE GOVERNORS
Austin Peay enters the matchup with the Bobcats with an overall record of 2-3 after defeating Central Connecticut State and falling to Campbell at the 2018 Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic.
The Governors are averaging 80.6 points per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 36.9 percent from three-point range and 79.0 percent from the free throw line. Austin Peay averages 39.6 rebounds per game and are outrebounding opponents on average of 6.4 rebounds a game.
Austin Peay also add an average of 13.8 assists, 6.0 steals and 4.6 blocks per game.
Individually, Terry Taylor leads the Governors with 19.0 points and is shooting 50.7 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from three-point range and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. He also leads the team with 11.6 rebounds a game, while also dishing out five total assists, five blocks and five steals on the season.
Next is Zach Glotta who is averaging 11.2 points per game and is shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 44.8 percent from three-point range and is a percent 13-for-13 from the free throw line. Steve Harris also adds double figure scoring for Austin Peay, averaging 10.2 points per game, while leading the team with 15 assists.
IN AUSTIN PEAY'S LAST GAME
Austin Peay is coming off of a 78-72 loss at the hands of Campbell at the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic on Nov. 18.
Terry Taylor finished the game with 17 points, going 8-of-12 from the field and 1-of-1 from the free throw line, while also grabbing 10 rebounds and three steals. Steve Harris and Zach Glotta both finished the game with 13 points, while Ivan Cucak finished with 10 points and a team-high three assists.
Overall, Austin Peay shot 50.9 percent (29-of-57) from the field, 28.6 percent (6-of-21) from three-point range, and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. The Governors scored 38 points in the paint, 13 second chance points and 17 bench points. Austin Peay also grabbed 32 boards, dished out 13 assists, registered six blocks and nine steals in the loss.
This is the third meeting all-time between the Bobcats and Austin Peay, with Ohio leading the all-time series, 2-1.
Ohio and Austin Peay last met on Dec. 9, 2009 in Athens, with the Governors coming away with the 68-66 victory.
CARTER'S RETURN ALREADY FELT
Four games into the season and the return of Jason Carter has already been felt. The redshirt sophomore, who missed all but three games in 2017-18, has been a force for the Bobcats.
Carter has led the Bobcats in scoring in three of the first four games for Ohio, recording a double double against Wilberforce, and scoring 24 points against Campbell.
So far this season, Carter is averaging 16.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He is shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 80.6 percent from the free throw line.
BIG BEN ALERT
Ben Vander Plas' addition to the lineup as also been notability. The redshirt freshman, who missed all of last season due to injury, has been the Bobcats' biggest source off the bench, scoring 16 against Wilberforce ,15 against Campbell and 10 points against LMU.
Vander Plas is averaging 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting .457 from the field.
500 W'S IN THE CONVO
Not only is this the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Convocation Center, but another milestone was set on Nov. 12.
With Ohio's win over Campbell, the Bobcats reached 500 victories inside the Convo.
OHIO IN THE MAC -TEAM
In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank third in scoring defense (68.0) ,fourth in rebounding offense (40.5), second in rebounding defense (31.8), second in rebounding margin (+8.7), third in offensive rebounds (13.3) and first in defensive rebounding percentage (.881).
Ohio is also fourth in blocks (4.5) and fifth in blocked shots (4.5).
OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL
Individually, Kirk is third in the MAC in steals (2.0), while Ben Vander Plas is ninth in three-pointers made (2.3).
Meanwhile, Doug Taylor is second in the conference in blocked shots with 2.3 per game.
The Bobcats have already reached the 90-point mark in 2018-19. Ohio is 15-2 when scoring at least 90 points under Phillips.
In 2017-18 Ohio scored at least 90 points six times.
JAMAICA CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Redshirt sophomore Jason Carter was named to the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic All-Tournament Team for his performance in Montego Bay.
Carter averaged 13.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and .833 from the free throw line in the Bobcats' two games.
TK GOING FOR ROUND TWO
Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk looks to pick up where he left off last season. Currently, Kirk is second on the team with 13.8 points per game. He also added 4.5 rebounds, while shooting 45 percent from the field. He has also recorded 10 total assists and eight steals for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats continue their home stand on Tuesday, Nov. 27 when the Bobcats host Iona. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.