CONWAY, S.C. – The Ohio men's basketball team (3-2) opened play at the 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational Thursday evening, falling to No. 24 Baylor (3-1), 76-53, inside the HTC Center.
"Hats off to Baylor, they showed they're a top-20 team in the country," head coach Jeff Boals said. "We knew coming in we had a small margin for error. We had to block out, we had to take care of the basketball and make some shots and we didn't do that and give them credit for that."
Freshman guard Lunden McDay (Akron, Ohio) led the way with 16 points, going 6-for-11 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range and 3-of-5 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla,) was next, scoring 12 points, grabbing two rebounds and dishing out three assists. Redshirt senior guard Jordan Dartis (Newark, Ohio) added nine points, going 3-of-6 from the field and dishing out a team-high four assists, while freshman forward Ben Roderick (Powell, Ohio) made his Bobcat debut, scoring nine points, going 3-of-7 from three-point range.
For Baylor, Jared Butler led the Bears with 19 points, while MeCio Teague added 17 points, and Freddie Gillespie scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Overall, Ohio shot 36 percent from the field, 31 percent from three-point range and 50 percent from the free throw line, while Baylor shot 42 percent from the field, 27 percent from three-point range and 79 percent from the free-throw line. Baylor outrebounded the Bobcats 42-32, while the Bobcats dished out 12 assists to the Bears' 10, while scoring 15 fastbreak points comparted to Baylor's nine.
Baylor recorded the first points of the game with a layup, however redshirt sophomore Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) followed that up with a three to give Ohio a 3-2 lead. After Vander Plas hit a free throw, Baylor tied the game up with a layup, sending he game into the first media timeout with the game knotted at 4-4.
Out of the timeout, Dartis hit his first three of the game to put the Bobcats up three. After Baylor responded with a layup, Ohio went on a 6-0 run with points from Preston and another three from Dartis to give Ohio a 13-6 lead. Baylor responded with a 11-0 run, putting the Bears up 17-13. McDay stopped the run with a layup and then two free throws to tie the game at 17-17 going to the under-eight media timeout.
A 6-1 run by Baylor out of the media timeout put Baylor up 23-18 before a steal Roderick and a layup from Preston brough the Bobcats within three points with 4:55 left in the half. Baylor immediately went on an 8-0 run to take a 10-point lead going into the final media timeout.
Baylor increased their lead to 35-20 before a three from McDay helped cut the Baylor lead to 36-23 going into the half.
At the half, Ohio shot 29 percent from the field, 25 percent from three-point rand and 63 percent from the free throw line, while Baylor shot 41 percent from the field, 22 percent from three and 73 percent from three-point range. Baylor outrebounded the Bobcats 24-14, while Ohio recorded six assists to the Bears' six and five steals to Baylor's five. Baylor also forced Ohio to turn the ball over nine times and scored 13 points off of them, while Ohio scored seven points off of seven Baylor turnovers.
McDay opened the second half with the first points for the Bobcats before Baylor went out to a 41-25 lead. However, a layup from Preston and a three from Dartis cut the Bears' lead to 11 going into the first media timeout.
Despite a three from Preston, Baylor extended their lead to 51-33 before Roderick his the first three of his career to cut the Baylor lead to 51-36. After the Bears took another 18-point lead, two three-pointers from Roderick a layup from Preston and a layup from McDay brought the Bobcats within nine with 8:19 left in the game. Baylor then went on an 15-0 run before McDay stopped the run with a layup a free throw. McDay recorded one more basketball before the end of the game, with Ohio falling, 76-53.
Up next, the Bobcats continue play at the 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational when they return to action on Friday, Nov. 22 against the loser of the Coastal Carolina/Utah game. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPNNews or ESPNU.