With their win, the Bobcats are off to their best start to a season since the 2012-13 campaign.
Ohio held the Golden Eagles to 40.7 percent (22-of-54) shooting and forced 15 turnovers. The Bobcats won by 11 despite a night in which they shot a season-low 37.3 percent (22-of-59) from the field.
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Carter shot of 5-of-6 from the field -- including 2-of-3 from three -- and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe in addition to grabbing five boards and posting his first three career blocks in 29 minutes off of the bench.
Redshirt junior guard Jaaron Simmons scored 12 points, dished out a team-high seven assists and also tallied a season-high five rebounds and a steal in 39 minutes. He has led the team in assists in 36 of his 38 career games with Ohio.
Senior forward Antonio Campbell hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds in addition to scoring six points, handing out a season-high three assists and blocking two shots in 29 minutes. He posted double-digit boards for the second-straight game and 33rd time in his career.
Junior guard Aleksa Jugovic led Tennessee Tech with 20 points off of 7-of-11 shooting -- including 4-of-6 from long range. He also collected three steals to tie for the team lead, grabbed three rebounds and handed out two assists in 36 minutes.
Senior guard Kajon Mack added 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals to tie for the team lead and distributed a team-high seven assists in 39 minutes for the Golden Eagles.
Junior forward Ja'Cardo Hawkins matched Mack for the team lead with seven boards in addition to posting six points and two assists in 24 minutes.
Tennessee Tech jumped out to a 20-11 lead over the first 10 minutes of play, taking advantage of treys by Jugovic and Hawkins and five poins from Mack in the early going. The Bobcats ended the half on a 20-5 run, though, with threes from Simmons and Dartis and dunks by Campbell and freshman guard Rodney Culver helping to send the Bobcats into halftime holding a 31-25 edge.
The Bobcats held a 10-point lead with 13:29 to play after Simmons knocked down a jumper, but the Golden Eagles strung together a 6-0 run highlighted by a triple from Mack to shave Ohio's advantage down to four at 46-42 with just over 11 minutes remaining.
A layup by Carter ended the bleeding, and a trey by the freshman off an assist from Campbell put the Bobcats up by double digits for good. Carter scored 11 of his 17 points in the final 20 minutes of play.
"On the offensive end, it took us a long time to figure what we could do to make it work against their switches," said third-year head coach Saul Phillips. "By the end, we were getting downhill again, and we started looking like ourselves again. It just took 36 minutes longer than I wish it would have."
Ohio makes the drive to Huntington, W. Va., to square off against longtime rival Marshall (4-1) next Wednesday (Nov. 30) in a 7 p.m. ET matchup at the Cam Henderson Center.
(Courtesy of Ohio Athletics)