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Ohio Men's Basketball Set for Matchup with Iona on Wednesday

Ohio Men's Basketball Set for Matchup with Iona on Wednesday

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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019
7 p.m. EST | Ohio (2-0) at Iona (0-1) | Hynes Center | New Rochelle, N.Y. | Live Stats | ESPN+ | Listen | Ohio Notes 

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team continues play this week when the Bobcats head to New Rochelle, N.Y. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 to take on Iona. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Hynes Center. 

• Wednesday's contest will be broadcast live on ESPN+, with David Resnick and Adam Finkelstein on the call.
• Wednesday's game can also be heard on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College where Marty Bannister will be on the call. 
• WXTQ (Power 105) in Athens returns as the 11-station network's flagship. The broadcasts are also available online through TuneIn.com/OhioBobcats and on the TuneIn app.
• This is the fourth all-time meeting between the Bobcats and Gaels, with Iona holding the all-time series lead, 2-1
• Ohio and Iona met last season on Nov. 27, 2018, with Ohio defeating the Gaels, 89-65, inside the Convocation Center. 
• Ohio is 2-0 to open the season for the second-straight season. 
• It is the third time in the last six years that the Bobcats are 2-0 to begin the season. 

Iona welcomes Ohio after falling to La Salle, 70-64, in their season opener on Nov. 9. 

Through one game this season, Iona is shooting .300 from the field, .200 from three-point range and .700 from the free throw line. They've grabbed 50.0 rebounds per game, while dishing out 13.0 assists per contest. The Gaels has also turned the ball over 17.0 times per game, while forcing 18.0 a game. 

The Gaels defense is holding opponents to .40.0 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from three-point range and 55.0 percent from the free throw line. 

Tajuan Agee is averaging 21.0 points per game, while going 6-of-11 from the field and grabbing 9.0 rebounds per game. E.J. Crawford adds 17.0 points per game and 7.0 rebounds, while Isaiah Washington adds 11.0 boards a contest. 

After two games this season, the Bobcats are 2-0. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 76.5 points, 37.0 rebounds, 21.0 assists and 7.5 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .491 from the field, .429 from three-point range and .629 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 51.5 points, 33.5 rebounds, 10.0 assists and 4.5 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 34.8 percent from the field, 23.7 percent from three-point range and 59.3 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 12.0 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 15.5 times a game.  

The Ohio men's basketball team (2-0) opened the home portion of their schedule on Saturday (Nov. 9), defeating Heidelberg, 88-50, inside the Convocation Center. The victory was head coach Jeff Boals first official home win.  

Redshirt sophomore forward Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) led the team with 18 points, going 6-of-10 from the field while hitting three three-pointers. Sophomore guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) also had a big night from the floor, going 6-of-10 from the field and registering a career-high 16 points in 30 minutes on the floor. Freshman center Nolan Foster (Mattawan, Mich.) was also a major contributor after going 5-of-5 from the field and registering 12 points, his first double-digit scoring game of his career.

Foster had eight rebounds for Ohio, while Preston pulled down seven. Vander Plas and graduate transfer Sylvester Ogbonda (Port Harcourt, Nigeria) both grabbed six boards. Meanwhile, Preston led the way will 11 assists, while freshman guards Lunden McDay (Akron, Ohio) and Michael Brown, Jr. (Rochester, N.Y.) both dished out four. 

Overall, the Bobcats were 31-of-61 (50.8 percent) from the field, 13-of-27 (48.1 percent) from the three-point line, and 13-of-19 (68.4 percent) from the free throw line. Heidelberg was held to 19-of-57 (33.3 percent) overall from the field and 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) from three-point range.

Although it's only two games, point guard Jason Preston in the roll. 

Preston scored 11 points, while setting a new career-high in assists (13) and steals (7) while playing all 40 minutes. 

Preston's seven steals was the first 7+ steals game for a Bobcat since 2010 when D.J. Cooper has eight against St. Bonaventure. 

So far this season, Preston has averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 12.0 assists, while shooting .500 from the field and .500 from three-point range. 

Two games into the season and redshirt sophomore forwards Ben Vander Plas is picking up where he left off last season.  

Vander Plas is averaging 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from three-point range. 

The Bobcats continue their road trip on Saturday, Nov. 16 when Ohio heads to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on 10th ranked Villanova. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. inside the Wells Fargo Center and can be seen on FS2.