The Ohio Bobcats (8-3) played down to their competition on Monday night.
Not all the way down, they did come away with a 65-58 win against a shaky Arkansas-Pine Bluff squad (2-11), but the Bobcats looked like they had already gone home for the holidays.
Ohio had chances to blow Arkansas-Pine Bluff out of the water with the Golden Lions finishing a woeful 19-of-51 from the field. 11 of the completed field goals came from beyond the arc, the only statistic which kept the Golden Lions within reach throughout the game. Outside of Arkansas-Pine Bluff's 55 percent night from downtown, Ohio held advantages in most categories in the box score.
However, the turnover bug reared its ugly head for Ohio once more.
14 turnovers hampered Ohio's ability to bury the offensively-challenged Golden Lions. Ohio finished a respectable 20-of-42 from the field and showed some flashes of promise from time to time, but Ohio failed to convert on several chances to boost its output even more.
Ohio went on several miniature runs throughout the game, but never went on a tear that removed any doubt from the final result.
Usual contributors Jaaron Simmons, Kenny Kaminski, and Wadly Mompremier each fell largely dormant with none of the bunch finishing with more than eight points. Tony Campbell played like his normal self, picking up yet another double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds in addition to a handful of rejections and altered shots. Treg Setty chipped in an additional 13 points off the bench.
Setty picked up the lion's share of Ohio bench points (13 of 17). Four bench players saw action, but with the exception of Setty, none of them played more than 10 minutes. In games past, Ohio's depth has allowed it to wear out and bury opponents, but this was not the case on Monday.
Ohio will face more difficult test on December 30 when a 7-5 UC-Riverside squad travels to Athens.