"That was a good college basketball game all the way around.,” Ohio head coach Saul Phillips said. I thought it was two teams playing extremely hard and I think two teams . . .
The Bobcats overcame a tough first half in which they shot 34.6 percent (9-of-26) and entered halftime trailing the Cardinals by six at 39-33. Ohio bounced back in the second half, shooting 50.0 percent (15-of-30) from the field.
OU took advantage of its 31 trips to the charity stripe, converting 25 free throws (80.6 percent) and outrebounded the Cardinals, 40-29. The Bobcats led in points in the paint (34-28), points off turnovers (16-10) and second chance points (17-5).
Campbell set a new career-high with a game-high 27 points off of 8-of-15 shooting -- including a career-best 4-of-6 from three-point land. He also went a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line and hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with two steals and a block in 34 minutes.
Simmons added a double-double for the Bobcats with 21 points and a career-high 11 rebounds over 39 minutes. He also notched a game-high six assists and a steal against just two turnovers and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
Redshirt senior forward Treg Setty scored 11 points and added two rebounds in 30 minutes, while freshman guard Gavin Block added seven points and a steal in 18 minutes off of the bench while freshman guard Jordan Dartis added six points and two rebounds in 30 minutes.
• Sophomore guard Francis Kiapway led the Cardinals with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting -- including 6-of-8 from the perimeter. He also added four rebounds, three steals and one assist in 36 minutes.
Junior guard/forward Ryan Weber tallied 11 points and swiped one steal in 31 minutes for Ball State. Senior forward Bo Calhoun scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out an assist in 26 minutes for the Cardinals.
Freshman forward/center Trey Moses scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting while hauling in four rebounds with one block in 20 minutes for Ball State.
Redshirt senior guard Jeremiah Davis grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to pair with seven points and three assists in 27 minutes off of the bench for the Cardinals.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early 13-7 lead at the 12:37 mark of the first half with Campbell hitting a pair of triples to open the scoring for the Bobcats.
It was a one-score game for much of the first half until the Cardinals went on an 8-0 run to build a 34-26 lead with 1:36 remaining in the opening half. The run began on a layup by Moses and was extended on threes by Davis and Kiapway.
Four points by Simmons and a triple by Block closed the Ball State lead to three with 35 seconds left in the first, but Calhoun sent the Cardinals to the locker room with a 39-33 lead on a triple from the corner with three seconds left on the clock.
The Bobcats opened the second half on a 6-0 run on an old-fashioned three-point play by Campbell and a trey from Dartis to tie the game at 39-all.
A 13-3 run gave OU a 64-54 lead with 8:12 remaining in the game. Campbell accounted for 10 points on the burst with a pair of triples, two free throws and a layup.
Ball State cut the Ohio lead to as few as four with 20 seconds remaining, but the Bobcats sealed the victory with late free throws to complete a victory in which they outscored the Cardinals 46-34 in the second half.
"We became more aggressive (in the second half),” Campbell said. “We started attacking the rim more, spread the floor, use vert-ball screens to free Jaaron up and get down in the paint and make some plays."
NEXT: Ohio hosts Bowling Green Tuesday (7 p.m. ET). Ball State is home against Miami Tuesday (7 p.m. ET).
(Courtesy of OU Athletics)