ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Bobcats used rebounding and free throw advantages to come from behind to defeat the University of North Carolina Greensboro 72-67 Monday in College Basketball Invitational Tournament quarterfinal action at the Convocation Center. With the win, Ohio advances to semi-final play March 23. Site and opponent are yet to be determined.
The visiting Spartans owned a 38-32 halftime edge and expanded their lead to 15 points (62-47) following a Demetrius Troy jumper with 7:45 remaining.
Antonio Campbell scored with a layup on the following possession to kickoff a 10-0 Bobcat run. He also finished the burst with another score inside at 4:11 to pull Ohio within five at 62-57.
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A pair of Campbell free throws knotted the contest at 67-all and Jordan Dartis followed trey to put the ‘Cats in front with :24 left. That turned out to be the last field goal of the game. Jaaron Simmons, who connected on all six of his charity tosses, added two free throws at :14 for the final 72-67 margin.
Ohio made 15-of-17 at the line, while the Spartans hit 7-of-8 at the stripe. Ohio also enjoyed a 42-30 advantage in rebounds.
Campbell played a big part on the boards, collecting 19 rebounds to go along with 17 points. Simmons led the ‘Cats with 19 markers, followed by Campbell, Dartis (14) and Treg Setty (12) . Ohio hit 44.8 percent (26-of-58) overall from the field.
North Carolina Greensboro connected on 25-of-64 overall. Baldwin’s 17 points led the way. He was joined in double figures by Marvin Smith (16) and RJ White (11).