The 6-8 junior from Cincinnati scored a career-high 33 points and added 11 rebounds to lead Ohio past Eastern Michigan, 86-64, at the Convocation Center.
It was the fourth straight win for Ohio, which also posted its sixth win over the last seven outings to raise its record to 17-8, 8-5 MAC). Eastern Michigan (13-13, 5-8 MAC) continued its road struggles, falling for the sixth time in seven conference road tilts. The only MAC road win for EMU was in its conference opener, Jan. 6 at Central Michigan.
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Campbell scored 26 and 28 points last week, earning YP.com Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week honors.
Fresh off that accolade, the 6-8, 260-pound junior took it up a notch Tuesday evening, scoring the career-high 33 points and registering 11 rebounds. It was his third straight double-double and moves him close to a double-double average. He is currently averaging 17.6 ppg and 9.5 rebounds per outing.
Bobcats joining Campbell in double figures Tuesday were guard Jordan Dartis (18) and forward Treg Setty.
Eastern Michigan also put three players in double figures: Willie Magmum IV (19), Tim Bond (14) and James Thompson IV (11).
The Bobcats shot 48.3 percent (29-of-60) from the field while going 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) from beyond the arc. Ohio held Eastern Michigan to 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the field -- including 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from three-point range. The Bobcats edged the Eagles in the statistical battle with advantages in rebounds (42-25), offensive rebounds (15-5), second chance points (17-4) and assists (20-6).
Ohio’s offense, which eclipsed 80 points for the 13th time in 25 games, put up points on the Bobcats’ first possession as Dartis knocked own a three from the corner.The hosts then built on that early momentum, grabbing a 10-3 lead after Simmons found Campbell on an alley-oop with 16:29 to go in the first half.
Eastern Michigan answered right back with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 12-all with 13:57 remaining in the first half.
After junior forward Wadley Mompremier blocked a shot by Thompson IV, Ohio found Campbell on back-to-back possessions as he knocked down a pair of threes to give the Bobcats a 24-14 lead with 9:30 to go in the opening half.
Once again, Eastern Michigan worked its way back into the game hitting 5-of-6 shots during a 14-2 stretch. This gave the Eagles their first lead of the game at 28-26 with 5:30 to go in the half.
After relinquishing the lead, Ohio locked up Eastern Michigan, keeping EMU off the scoreboard for the next five minutes. On the other end, the Bobcats fed Campbell inside and out as he had 24 points in the opening period -- including knocking down the final shot of the half on a step back three pointer with three seconds left on the clock. Ohio led, 40-31, lead at the halftime break.
The Bobcats continued to feed the hot hand post intermission. Block found Campbell down low for a layup as Campbell took the contact and finished the three-point play for the first points of the second half.
The forward’s success in the paint freed up the likes of Setty, who had eight early second half points. Dartis also found a rhythm as he knocked down a deep three from straight away
Campbell eclipsed his career-high in points when Taylor found him open only a few feet from the basket. Campbell dropped it in to give him 29 points and Ohio a 56-45 lead with 11:59 left in the game.
The Bobcats also took care of business at the charity stripe. Ohio, the 18th best free throw shooting team in the nation, connected on 15-of-20 (75.0 percent) at the line.
Ohio opened up its lead to 19 after a trio of threes -- two from Dartis and one from Setty -- to give the 'Cats a 77-58 advantage with 4:51 remaining in the game.
Thirteen Bobcats saw time on the floor -- including junior guard Drew Crabtree (Marysville, Ohio), who drilled a three pointer from straight away for the last bucket of the game as Ohio grabbed the 86-64 victory.
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(Courtesy of OU Athletics/MRO Edit)