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Ohio Men’s Basketball Hosts Rival Marshall Inside the Convo on Saturday

Ohio Men’s Basketball Hosts Rival Marshall Inside the Convo on Saturday


SATURDAY, Dec. 1, 2018
3:30 p.m. | Ohio (4-2) vs. Marshall (5-1) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats |Watch ESPNListen | Ohio Notes | Marshall Notes

ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio men's basketball team (4-2) returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 1 when they play host to Conference USA foe Marshall (5-1). The 104th meeting between the two teams will tip off at 3:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. The Bobcats and Marshall will be the second game of a doubleheader inside the Convo, with the women's basketball team taking on Cleveland State at 1 p.m. The first 500 students to attend the doubleheader will receive a free Insomnia cookie and a free Ohio water bottle. 

Saturday'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 3 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'

Marshall enters the game with Ohio with an overall record of 5-1 and are coming off of a 84-64 victory over William and Mary on Nov. 28. 

Marshall is averaging 87.5 points per game and is shooting .464 from the field, .346 from three-point range and .670 from the free throw line. The Herd is also averaging 35.3 rebounds per game to go along with 10.5 steals, 3.8 blocks, and 17.7 assists per game. Marshall is holding opponents to 77.2 points per game and a .314 three-point percentage. The Herd also force an average of 20.3 turnovers per game. 

Leading Marshall is Jon Elmore who is averaging 20.7 points per game and is shooting 38.0 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from three point range and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. He also leads the team with 32 assists. C.J. Banks is next, averaging 18.3 points per game and is shooting 53.5 percent from the field, while also grabbing 16 total steals. Jannson Williams averages 10.5 points per game and 4.7 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from beyond the arc, meanwhile, Rondale Watson leads Marshall with 5.7 rebounds per game. 

Marshall is coming off of an 84-64 victory over William and Mary on Nov. 28. 

In that game, Jon Elmore led the team with 26 points, going 7-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, and made 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. He also recorded five assists, five rebounds and a pair of steals while turning the ball over just one time in the contest. C.J. Burks recorded double-figure points against the Tribe on a 6-of-13 night from the field for 16 points. Burks grabbed six boards, had three takeaways and three helpers on his stat line. Rondale Watson collected 12 points on an efficient five makes on eight attempts and brought down seven rebounds.

As a team, Marshall shot 48.4 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the free throw line, while William and Mary shot 46.2 percent from the field, 23.8 percent from three-point range and 61.1 percent from the free throw line. The Herd also forced the Tribe to turn the ball over 20 times, scoring 21 points off of them. 

This is the 104th all-time meeting between the Bobcats and the Herd, with Ohio leading the series, 55-48. 

Marshall has won the last two meetings, however the Bobcats have won four out of the last seven meeting with the Herd. 

Ohio and Marshall last met on Dec. 16, 2017, with the Herd defeating the Bobcats, 99-96 in an overtime thriller in Huntington.  

Jordan Dartis (Newark, Ohio) scored a career-high 27 points, thanks in large part to match his career high with seven made threes. He also totaled three rebounds and an assist in 41 minutes. Graduate forward Kevin Mickle (Brooklyn, N.Y.) went 9-of-14 from the field en route to a career-high 19 points in 27 minutes of work off of the bench. Freshman guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) finished with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes. He went 7-of-14 from the field. Junior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) notched eight points, eight rebounds and a steal over 24 minutes. 

For Marshall, Ajdin Penava went 10-of-13 from the field with three triples and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe en route to a game-high 33 points. He also hauled in a game-high 15 boards and just missed out on a triple-double with a game-high nine blocks. He also collected three steals and had an assist in 36 minutes of work. C.J. Burks produced a 31-point effort after shooting 12-of-22 from the floor with three triples and making 4-of-6 free throws. He also had three rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal over 42 minutes. Jon Elmore logged 20 points thanks in large part to sinking all 10 of his free throw attempts and achieved a triple-double with 10 rebounds and a game-high 10 assists. He also chipped in three steals in 40 minutes.

The Bobcats are coming off of an 89-65 victory over Iona on Nov. 27 inside the Convocation Center. 

Jason Carter finished 8-of-15 for 20 points and added six rebounds and two assists in his 26 minutes of work. Ben Vander Plas finished with his first career double-double on 18 points and a game and career-high 11 rebounds in 25 minutes, while Taylor finished his double-double performance with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while tallying two blocks in 26 minutes. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) also added 18 points going 8-of-18 from the field, adding seven rebounds, a game-high five assists and two steals in 32 minutes of play. Senior guard/forward Gavin Block (Lincoln, Ill.) added 13 points, going 3-of-4 from behind the arc, and chipped in a game-high five assists in 26 minutes of play for Ohio. 

Ohio finished the game with a 48 percent (35-of-73) field goal percentage and 53 total rebounds compared to Iona who finished the game with a 32 percent (21-of-65) field goal percentage and 39 total rebounds. Ohio registered 23 total assists to Iona's' 16 and scored 50 points in the paint compared to 24 points in the paint for the Gaels. Ohio also recorded 36 points off the bench compared to Iona's' 15 bench points.

Tajuan Agee tallied a game-high 23 points over 29 minutes to lead Iona in scoring and added eight rebounds. Rickey McGill added 16 points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists in 34 minutes of play for Iona, while E.J. Crawford chipped in four points and a team-high nine rebounds in 30 minutes of play.

The Bobcats enter the matchup with Marshall with an overall record of 4-2. 

Six games into the season, Ohio is averaging 75.7 points per game. They are shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 23.0 percent from three-point range and 67.7 from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 44.2 rebounds a contest to go along  with 16.7 assists , 7.8 steals and 4.7 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 18.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He is shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 16.2 points per game 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. 

Vander Plas is averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 48.1 from the field and a team-leading 37.1 percent from beyond the arc. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 8.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.

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. 

In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank   fifth in scoring defense (69.8), second in rebounding offense (44.2), second in rebounding margin (+9.7), second in offensive rebounds (14.2), second in defensive rebounds (30.0) and first in defensive rebounding percentage (.793). 

Ohio is also third in steals (7.8) and fourth in blocked shots (4.7). 

Individually, Carter is fifth in the MAC in scoring (18.7), while Taylor is seventh in rebounding (8.5).

Kirk is fourth in steals (1.8), while Taylor is second in blocked shots (2.2) and second in offensive rebounds (3.5). Cater sits ninth in offensive rebounds (2.8), while Kirk is seventh in minutes played (31.7) and Vander Plas is ninth in three-point field goals made (2.2). 

The Ohio men's basketball program has added guard Lunden McDay (Akron, Ohio) and forward Ben Wight (Worthington, Ohio) as part of the early signing period of its 2019-20 recruiting class, fifth-year head coach Saul Phillips announced on Thursday (Nov. 29).

A 6-3, 185-pound guard, McDay has won back-to-back Ohio State Championships (2016-17, 2017-18) at St. Vincent St. Mary's High School under head coach Dru Joyce. During his junior season, McDay averaged 14.9 points, 4.1 rebounds. And 2.0 assists per game. McDay also shot 58.5 percent from the field and 43.1 percent from three, helping earn him Second Team All-District and All-State Honorable Mention for his efforts.  McDay also competed for Nova Village and is the son of David and London McDay.

A 6-9, 200-pound forward, Wight will play his senior season at Thomas Worthington High School under head coach Sean Luzader. During his junior campaign, Wight averaged 12 points and eight rebounds a game and was named All-Ohio Capital Conference and All-District Honorable Mention for his efforts. Wight also competed for Nova Village and is the son of Bill and Stacey Wight.

Ohio has registered an impressive 502-161 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

In four-plus seasons under Phillips, Ohio has gone 50-19 (.708) at home. 

Doug Taylor, who currently registers 102 blocks in his career, needs three more to tie Gary Trent for 10th all-time in program history. 

The Bobcats hit the road on Wednesday, Dec. 5 when Ohio heads to Cincinnati to take on Xavier. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m.


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