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UC Riverside vs. Ohio Bobcats men's basketball final: Bobcats win comfortably in Athens

Treg Setty, Jaaron Simmons and Antonio Campbell all put nice nights together in Ohio's win over UC Riverside.

Bryan Vance

Treg Setty played arguably his best game as a Bobcat as Ohio won a comfortable contest against UC Riverside by a score of 81-59. It was the last game of the nonconference schedule for the Bobcats.

Setty tossed in 20 points (14 in the first half) and added 10 rebounds in a game where he was the focal point of the offense, possibly the first game of his Oho career where that can be said.

The 'Cats controlled the boards (winning the battle 44-27), and the paint, winning in that category 46-26 in terms of points. Ohio turned the ball over fewer than 10 times, with Jaaron Simmons having four of those. Simmons contributed 15 points (13 in the second half) and 8 assists. Antonio Campell kicked in 15 board and 9 rebounds.

Ohio opened up the second half on a 9-0 run extending a 7-point run to a 16-point advantage and quickly made it 59-33 about eight minutes into the latter period. A big part of this was Ohio forcing turnovers, and the 'Cats took the ball away from the Highlanders 13 times total.

Though Ohio didn't light the Convocation Center on fire with its 3-point shooting, it did convert on its gimmes. The 'Cats went 20-21 from free throws, and continue to knock down their freebies.

After a rough loss to Saint Bonaventure at the beginning of December, the Bobcats have cleaned up the competition, winning five games against some not so-top of the world teams. Though Ohio was far from dominant against the likes of Jackson State and Arkansas Pine-Bluff, this win has the 'Cats riding high into conference play as they open up against a surprisingly good Northern Illinois Huskies team.