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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Recap: Ohio vs. Bryant

After ugly loss on Wednesy, Ohio routs Bryant behind strong first half

Antonio Campbell shooting over Anton Grady vs. Cleveland State 3/19/2014 (Michael Pronzato, Ohio Athletics)

The last time Ohio was on the court, it was pure ugly.

Against Marshall just a few day ago in, the Bobcats shot just 41% from the court and nearly allowed the Thundering Herd to hit 100 points.

But facing Bryant on Saturday at The Convo, Ohio made all the necessary adjustments –– and then some.

The Bobcats defeated Bryant, 79-53 , behind an overall solid performance from both offense and defense.

After a three-pointer from Kenny Kaminski to begin the game, Ohio never trailed, finishing the first half with a 50-33 lead.

Ohio was red-hot in the first half, shooting over 50% from the floor. That, in part, was due to Bryant playing in a 2-3 zone.

“We did our best not taking the first shot and knocking down some three’s,” Antonio Campbell said.

At one point, the Bobcats missed seven straight attempts. Then, they converted on their next 13 of 17 attempts.

Doing his best on both ends of the court, Antonio Campbell pulled in a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds, including eight on the defensive end.

Alongside Doug Taylor, the pair formed a formidable rebounding duo with 20 combined rebounds.

“He played like a man today,” Campbell said. “If he can do that every night, we’ll be good.”

Phillips knew that defense was a huge part of Ohio’s 26-point victory. Giving up 35 less points that last week was, by far, what was their biggest improvement.

“That was important,” Phillips said. “That played a role in the game.”