Ohio fans probably didn't think the excitement in the Convocation Center could be topped after Monday night's 15-point comeback that saw Ohio pull out a miraculous win over UNC Greensboro. Wednesday was even more exciting. The two teams exchanged the lead 19 times but the Bobcats didn't pull out this barnburner. This time around the Bobcats fell 77-72.
Coach Saul Phillips was content with the experience for his team and talked candidly about the positives associated with younger guys getting to play in postseason tournaments.
"All-in-all, absolutely 100 percent great experience for us," Phillips said.
Ohio's first half struggles luckily did not doom them. Just to list a few...
- The Eagles hoisted 20 more shots than Ohio (38 compared to 18)
- Lyonell Gaines scored 12 and grabbed 8 boards (4 offensive) in the first half.
- Jaaron Simmons didn't hit a shot from the floor and turned the ball over 5 times.
- Ohio turned the ball over 12 times and allowed the 8 offensive boards. The Eagles' press and physical play caused all kinds of issues and rushed the Bobcats into quick inefficient possessions.
- Antonio Campbell scored just 2 points while battling foul trouble.
- Ohio went over 12 minutes of play without hitting a field goal before Treg Setty hit one with 2:04 to go in the half.
When asked about what he'd miss about coaching Setty, Phillips absolutely gushed about the senior. "I've never met anyone quite like him and I don't know if I ever will," Phillips said.
Xavier Moon led the way with 18 points and knocked down crucial free throws (he went 8-8).
Ohio's season ended with the 'Cats having lost only its third home game and 12th on the year. Setty is the lone graduating senior on the team. He appreciates his time in Athens, that much is for sure.