ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio men's basketball team (3-2) returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 27 when they play host to Iona (2-3). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.
Tuesday's game will be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app, with Marty Bannister and Toni Roesch on the call. The contest will also 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 6:30 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'
Iona enters the matchup with Ohio with an overall record of 2-3 and are coming off of a 91-79 loss at Providence on Nov. 24.
Iona is averaging 79.8 points per game and is shooting .446 for the field, .328 from three-point range and .725 from the charity stripe. The Gaels are averaging 30.2 rebounds per game, to go along with 14.6, 10.0 and 1.6 blocks per game. Iona also turns the ball over an average of 14.8 times a game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 18.4 times a game.
The Gaels allow opponents to score on average, 82.0 points per game, while allowing them to shoot about .478 from the field, .420 from three-point range and .757 from the free throw line. Opponents are also grabbing an average of 36.2 rebounds per games.
Individually, E.J. Crawford is averaging a team-leading 17.0 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game. Crawford is shooting .492 from the field, .313 from three-point range and .851 from the free throw line. Asante Gist is next, averaging 13.6 points per game while shooing 43.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line.
Rickey McGill is averaging 12.8 points per game and has a team-high 34 assists and 10 steals, while Tajuan Agee is averaging a team-high 5.4 rebounds per game.
IN IONA'S LAST GAME
Iona is coming off of a 91-79 loss at the hands of Providence on Nov. 24. In that game, E.J. Crawford led the Gaels with 21 points, going 8-of-18 from the field, 3-of-7 from three and 2-of-2 from the free throw line, while also grabbing five rebounds. Asante Gist scored 21 points, going 6-of-12 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line and had five boards. Rickey McGill and Niksa Nikolic both scored 14 points, while McGill dished out a team-high eight assists and Nikolic led the team in rebounding, with eight boards.
As a team, Iona shot 50.9 percent from the field, 30.0 percent from three-point range and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Gaels also grabbed 30 rebounds, had 15 assists and six steals.
For Providence, Alpha Diallo led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Nate Watson had 13 points, including eight straight for Providence in the second half. A.J. Reeves also dropped 20 and Isaiah Jackson finished with 13.
This is the third all-time meeting between the Bobcats and Gaels, with Iona leading the all-time series, 2-0.
LAST TIME AGAINST IONA
Ohio and Iona last met on Nov. 28, 2017, with the Gaels defeating the Bobcats, 93-88 in Athens.
In that game, Senior guard Mike Laster had a game-high 23 points, making 10 of his 19 shots while totaling four rebounds, a block and a steal in 36 minutes of action. He posted his third-straight contest with at least 20 points. Gavin Block scored 18 points in his 34 minutes of play. He also added four assists, three rebounds, and a steal. Junior guard Jordan Dartis totaled 15 points, knocking down four triples and sinking all three of his free throw attempts. He also logged five assists to tie for the team lead in addition to three rebounds over 38 minutes. Teyvion Kirk finished the contest with 14 points, five assists to tie for the team lead, four rebounds, a block and a steal in 29 minutes of action. Doug Taylor totaled double-digit rebounds for the third game in a row, piling up a game-high 13. He also notched four points, four assists and a game-high three blocks over 32 minutes.
Sophomore guard/forward E.J. Crawford and graduate forward TK Edogi each tallied 20 points to lead the way for the Gaels. Edogi achieved a double-double with a team-high 12 rebounds. Lewis and junior guard Rickey McGill also finished in double figures in points with 16 and 15, respectively.
LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of an 85-82 overtime victory over Austin Peay on Nov. 24 inside the Convocation Center.
Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) finished the game with 25 points, tying his career high, and 10 rebounds. Carter went 11-of-22 from the field, while also dishing out four assists and two blocks. Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) also tied a career high with his 24 points. Kirk went 7-of-16 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 9-of-12 from the free throw line. Kirk also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists with one steal. Senior forward/guard Gavin Block (Lincoln, Ill.) and junior guard Antonio Cowart, Jr. (McComb, Miss.) also scored double figures, with Block scoring 11 and Cowart with 10.
As a team, the Bobcats finished the game shooting 43.7 percent (31-of-71) from the field, 23.1 (6-of-26) from three-point range and 63 percent (17-of-27) from the free throw line. Austin Peay finished shooting 43.1 percent (31-of-72) from the field, 36.8 (7-of-19) from the field, and 65 percent (13-of-20) from the free throw line. The Bobcats also outrebounded the Governors 50-41, while also dishing out 17 assists and recording six blocks, compared to Austin Peay's 12 assists and zero blocks. Ohio forced 16 turnovers and scored 17 points off of them, while also scoring 46 points in the paint and 16 second chance points, compared to APSU's 42 points in the paint and nine second chance points.
Austin Peay had five score in double figures and were led by Porter-Bunton who scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. Zach Glotta and Dayton Gumm both scored 15 points, while Terry Taylor and Steve Harris both scored 13 points. Taylor led the Governors with eight rebounds, while Harris added five assists for Austin Peay.
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Iona with an overall record of 3-2.
Four games into the season, Ohio is averaging 73.0 points per game. They are shooting 41.6 percent from the field, 21.4 percent from three-point range and 67.8 from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 42.4 rebounds a contest to go along with 15.4 assists, 8.2 steals and 4.8 blocks per game.
Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 18.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He is shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 71.0 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 15.8 points per game 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
Ben Vander Plas is averaging 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 45.0 from the field.
Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 8-0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
CARTER'S RETURN ALREADY FELT
Five 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 four of the first five games for Ohio, recording a double-double against Wilberforce, and scoring 24 points against Campbell.
Carter also added a double-double against Austin Peay on Nov. 24, while trying a career-high with 25 points in that matchups.
So far this season, Carter is averaging 18.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He is shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 71.8 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 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting .450 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 second in rebounding offense (42.4), fourth in rebounding defense (33.6), second in rebounding margin (+8.8), third in offensive rebounds (13.8), second in defensive rebounds (28.6) and first in defensive rebounding percentage (.808).
Ohio is also third in steals (8.2) and fourth in blocked shots (4.8).
OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL
Individually, Carter is seventh in the MAC in scoring (18.4), while Taylor is eighth in rebounding (8.0), while Carter is 10th in the same category (7.6).
Kirk is tied for fifth in steals (1.8), while Taylor is third in blocked shots (2.2). Taylor and Carter are also tied for seventh in offensive rebounds per game with 3.2 each.
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 15.8 points per game. He also added 5.6 rebounds, while shooting 45 percent from the field. He has also recorded 14 total assists and nine steals for the Bobcats.
Doug Taylor, who currently registers 101 blocks in his career, needs four more to tie Gary Trent for 10th all-time in program history.
OHIO IN OVERTIME GAMES
Ohio 85-82 overtime victory on Nov. 24 was the first OT win of the season. Ohio is now 66-47 all-time in overtime game and is 32-18 all-time in OT games inside the Convo.
On the road, the Bobcats are 26-24 in OT and 7-6 in neutral site games.
Ohio is 8-8 all-time in 2OT games, 0-2 in 3OT games and 1-2 in 4 OT games.
The Bobcats are 4-2 all-time in overtime games in Phillips.
The Bobcats close out their homestand on Saturday, Dec. 1 when the Bobcats host C-USA rival Marshall. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and will follow the Women's game against Cleveland State that is set for 1 p.m.