The Bobcats shot . . .
The Bobcats outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the paint, 34-10, and held the Golden Lions to 37.3 percent (19-of-51) shooting -- including 22.6 percent (7-of-31) in the first half. Arkansas-Pine Bluff kept the contest close, though, with a 60.0 percent (12-of-20) effort in the second half -- including 85.7 percent (6-of-7) from three-point land.
Campbell shot 9-of-14 from the field and a season-best 8-of-10 from the free throw line. He also tallied three blocks and a steal in 33 minutes of work.
"He makes us tick," redshirt senior forward Treg Setty said of Campbell. "He's a much more efficient player than anybody else, not only on our team but in the conference as well. Whenever we can get him going, anything else is just icing on the cake. He's our gauge. We gauge off him. If Tone's hot, we're hot. If Tone's cold, we're cold. He's our meter and our motor, too. He's our meter-motor."
Setty went 7-of-7 from the charity stripe en route to scoring 13 points for the second game in a row. He also logged seven rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes.
Redshirt junior forward Kenny Kaminski and freshman guard Jordan Dartis each totaled eight points. Kaminski also grabbed seven rebounds, handed out three assists and blocked a shot in 34 minutes while Dartis hauled in two rebounds and tallied an assist and a steal 35 minutes.
Redshirt sophomore guard Jaaron Simmons handed out a game-high six assists in addition to recording six points, three rebounds and a steal over 35 minutes.
Junior guard Ghiavonni Robinson scored 21 points off of a 6-of-13 shooting effort -- including 4-of-8 from three-point range -- to lead Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He also totaled three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 39 minutes.
The Bobcats built up a nine-point lead out of the gate, using eight points by Campbell -- including two dunks -- to go along with a trey by Dartis to go up 11-2 with just over 14 minutes left in the first half.
Back-to-back threes by Robinson made it a three-point game with just under 13 minutes remaining in the half.
Ohio outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff by a 12-5 count over the ensuing eight minutes, using five points by Kaminski and two apiece by Setty, Dartis, Campbell and sophomore guard Mike Laster to build the Bobcats' advantage up to 10 at 23-13 with 4:42 left to play in the first half.
Neither team managed to score for nearly three minutes until Campbell knocked down the second of two free throw attempts with 1:37 to go.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff cut Ohio's lead back down to five going into halftime after junior guard Jaquan Lynch sank a three with just over a minute left in the first half.
The Bobcats built a game-high 11-point lead at 45-34 with just under 10 minutes to play in regulation as Campbell continued to dominate, scoring 11 of his 15 second-half points over the first 10-plus minutes.
The Golden Lions countered with five points from Robinson over the next two minutes, then trimmed Ohio's lead back down to five again with just over six minutes to go on a layup by junior forward Devin Berry.
That's as close as the Bobcats let Arkansas-Pine Bluff get, though, going back up by 11 two more times -- including at 64-53 on a conventional three-point play by Kaminski with just under a minute remaining.
"I really tried after the game to leave them (the team) with some perspective about how far this program's come since last season and how happy I am to be around them every day and appreciate the work they put in," second year head coach Saul Phillips said. It was a really rough offseason for our family. And, every time I walk in the gym, for them to be so eager, so upbeat, so ready to go and ready to respond the way they have. ... I just appreciate this group. They're fun."
The Bobcats close non-conference play and their current four-game homestand next Wednesday (Dec. 30) at the Convocation Center, hosting UC Riverside in a 7 p.m. ET contest.