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Ohio Men’s Basketball to Honor Seniors on Friday Against Miami

Ohio Men’s Basketball to Honor Seniors on Friday Against Miami


Friday, March 8, 2019
7 p.m. ET | Ohio (13-16, 5-12 MAC) vs. Miami (15-15, 7-10 MAC) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | ESPN+Listen | Ohio Notes | Miami Notes

ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio men's basketball team (13-16, 5-12 MAC) returns to the Convocation Center one final time in 2018 when the Bobcats host Mid-American Conference East foe Miami (15-15, 7-10 MAC) for the second edition of the 'Battle of the Bricks' on Friday, March 8. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. 

Friday's contest will be broadcast on the WatchESPN App where Marty Bannister and Toni Roesch will have the call. The game will also be on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, the '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.'

Friday night's game will serve as Ohio's Senior Night, where prior to the game, the Bobcats will honor the careers of Gavin Block, James Gollon and Doug Taylor. 

Miami enters the game against Ohio with an overall record of 15-15 and a 7-10 mark in conference play.  

Miami is averaging 72.0 points per game and is shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three-point range and 1.3 percent from the free throw line. The RedHawks are averaging 36.9 rebounds per game to go along with 11.3 assists, 5.9 steals and 2.9 blocks per game. Miami is also turning the ball over an average of 12.8 times per game and has a -0.8 turnover margin. Meanwhile, opponents are averaging 69.6 points per game and are shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from three-point range and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are also averaging 34.3 rebounds, 12.0 assists, 6.1 steals and 3.0 blocks per game, and are turning the ball over an average of 12.0 times per game. 

Individually, Nike Sibande is averaging 15.6 points per game and is shooting 39.6 percent from the field, 33.0 percent from three-point range and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. He also averages 4.8 rebounds per game. Bam Bowman is averaging 10.3 points per game and is shooting 50.0 percent from the field and leads the team with 5.3 rebounds per contest. Dalonte Brown also adds 11.8 points per game and is shooting 75.9 percent from the free throw line. 

Miami coming off of a 75-66 loss at home against Kent State on March 5. 

Miami shot 42.1 percent from the field, 16.0 percent from three-point range and 73.7 percent from the free throw line, while Kent State shot 46.7 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. 

Nike Sibande scored 21 points and Bam Bowman added 18 to lead the Red and White. The duo combined to score 30 points in the second half alone. Jalen Adaway chipped in with nine points and five rebounds and Sibande had a team-high 10 rebounds.

This is the 205th all-time meeting between Ohio and Miami. The Bobcats have won 10 out of the last 13 meeting between the two teams. 

Ohio and Miami last met earlier this season on Feb. 9 in Oxford, where the Bobcats fell, 79-59. 

Leading Ohio was sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) with 18 points, going 7-of-18 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 3-of-6 from the free throw line. Kirk also added five steals. Redshirt Sophomore forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) added 16 points, going 5-of-13 from the field and six rebounds, while redshirt freshman forward Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) added 12 points and dished out four assists in 30 minutes. Freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) added seven points for the Bobcats in 30 minutes on the floor.

Overall, the Bobcats shot 35.6 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from three-point range and 52.4 percent from the free throw line, while Miami shot 46.2 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. Miami out rebounded the Bobcats, 47-29, while the Bobcats dished out 11 assists, had nine steals, two blocks and forced 17 turnovers, while the RedHawks dished out 13 assists, had seven steals, five blocks and forced 12 turnovers. The Bobcats scored 15 points off of turnovers and scored 30 points in the paint, while Miami scored 14 points off of turnovers and 24 points in the paint. 

The Bobcats are coming off of a close 82-79 loss against No. 19 Buffalo on March 5 inside the Convocation Center. 

Doug Taylor went 9-of-11 from the field for his career-high, 20-point performance. Taylor added a team-high six rebounds, a game-high three blocks, a game-high two steals and an assist in his 27 minutes of play. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) followed closely behind with 17 points, going 8-of-14 from the field. Kirk added five rebounds and a team-high five assists in his 28 minutes of play. Redshirt sophomore forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) compiled 15 points and five rebounds in his 31 minutes of work. Redshirt sophomore guard Connor Murrell (Sioux City, Iowa), added nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in his 19 minutes of play, while senior guard/forward Gavin Block (Lincoln, Ill.) and freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) both contributed eight points for the Bobcats. Block added four rebounds and three assists in his 19 minutes of play while Preston added five rebounds, a team-high five assists and a steal in his 34 minutes of play. 

Ohio finished the game with a 49.3 percent (33-of-67) field goal percentage and 35 total rebounds compared to Buffalo who finished the game with a 42.4 percent (25-of-59) field goal percentage and 38 total rebounds. Ohio registered 54 points in the paint and 20 total assists compared to only 18 points in the paint and 17 total assists for the Bulls. Ohio compiled 11 points off the bench and three blocks compared to 20 points of the bench and two blocks for Buffalo. However, Ohio forced 16 turnovers for 19 points with eight steals, compared to Buffalo who forced only 11 turnovers for eight points with six steals.

The Bobcats enter the matchup with Miami with an overall record of 13-16 and a 5-12 mark in MAC play. 

Ohio is averaging 70.6 points per game. They are shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from three-point range and 62.2 percent from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 37.2 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.9 assists, 6.7 steals and 3.7 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 16.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 48.0 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three-point range and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 14.4 points per game 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 1.8 blocks per game, while Jason Preston is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, while also adding 3.5 assists per game. 

Carter has led the Bobcats in scoring in 19 of Ohio's 29 games, 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 and did the same thing on Dec. 1 against Marshall.  Carter added another double-double on Jan. 15 against Kent State, scoring 11 points and grabbing 13 boards. 

So far this season, Carter is averaging 16.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. He has also jumped his three-point shooting percentage, shooting 35.6 percent overall and 12.9 percent since MAC play began. 

Carter was also named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 3. 

Carter's presence inside has also been huge, most notably on Dec. 30 when Carter grabbed an offensive board with just under 10 seconds to go and connected on the go-ahead basket in Ohio's 68-66 victory over FIU. 

On Jan. 8 at Bowling Green, Carter hit a new career-high with five made three-point baskets. 

Carter added another double-double on the season on Feb. 16 at CMU with 13 points and 10 rebounds. 

On Feb. 22 in Ohio's upset victory over BGSU, Carter scored 23 points and has eight rebounds in the OT win. 

Vander Plas is averaging 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting .417 from the field and .320 from three-point range.

The redshirt freshman, who missed all of last season due to injury, scored 16 against Wilberforce, 15 against Campbell and 10 points against LMU. 

Right now, Vander Plas' biggest impact came on Nov. 27 against Iona, where he scored a career-high 18 points and 11 rebounds to register his first career double-double. 

Vander Plas would go on to tie his career-high of 18 points on Dec. 1 against Marshall. 

On Dec. 20 at Purdue, Vander Plas led the Bobcats with 15 points and tying a career-high with four made three-pointers. 

On Jan. 26 against Ball State, Vander Plas grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. 

Vander Plas' career day came on Feb. 16 with he scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, while also dishing out a career-high four assists against CMU.

BVP was dominate again in Ohio's 73-49 win at Akron on March 2, scoring 20 points and hitting a career-high six three pointers in the victory.  

Currently, Kirk is second on the team with 14.5 points per game. He also added 5.7 rebounds, while shooting 42.1 percent from the field. He has also recorded 70 total assists and 41 steals for the Bobcats.  

On Dec. 15 at Detroit Mercy, Kirk drained the game-winning three-pointer with under a minute to go to lead Ohio to a 63-61 victory. 

Doug Taylor, who currently registers 144 blocks in his career, which moves him into fifth all-time in program history. 

Taylor needs four more to pass Jon Smith for fourth all-time.

Throughout his career, senior forward/guard Gavin Block has drawn 88 charges.

As the regular season comes to a close, senior forward Doug Taylor has been dominate over the last four games. 

Over those games, Taylor has averaged 13.5, 4.8 rebounds, has had eight blocks, 12 assists and is shooting 83.3 percent from the field. 

Freshman guard Jason Preston has begun to prove himself down the stretch of the 2018-19 season. Preston has registered a team-high 95 assists on the season, while dishing out a career-high nine against WMU. 

Then on Feb. 22, Preston registered seven assists and did not commit a turnover in 43 minutes in the 92-87 OT victory over BGSU.  

Preston continued that trend the next game on Feb. 26 against Kent State, scoring 11 points and dishing out eight assists with no turnovers. 

Once again Preston was solid in Ohio's win at Akron, grabbing a career-high nine rebounds, dished out five assists and had no turnovers in 33 minutes. 

In the last four games, Preston has averaged 7.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and two turnovers. 

In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank sixth in rebounding offense (37.2) and sixth in defensive rebounding percentage (.729). Ohio is also seventh in steals (6.7), fourth in blocked shots (3.7) and third in assists (14.8).  

Individually, Carter is currently eighth in the MAC in scoring (16.2), while Taylor is third in field goal percentage (.613) and Preston is eighth in assists (3.5).  

Kirk is 10th in steals (1.4), while Taylor is first in blocked shots (1.9) and eighth in offensive rebounds (2.6). Preston in second in assists/turnover ratio (2.9).  

Ohio has registered an impressive 508-167 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

In four-plus seasons under Phillips, Ohio has gone 56-25 (.708) at home. 

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. 

The Bobcats will begin play at the 2019 MAC Tournament on Monday, Mach 11 at a host site the will be determined following Friday's games. 


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