The Bobcats shot 43.8 percent (21-of-48) from the field while going 7-of-21 (33.3 percent) from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Ohio (23-12) held Morehead State (22-12 to 37.9 percent (25-of-66) from the field -- including 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from three-point range.
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Simmons went 4-of-11 from the field -- including 1-of-3 from beyond the arc -- while also knocking down 12-of-13 free throw attempts. He also posted a game-high seven assists, six rebounds and a steal in 40 minutes.
Redshirt junior forward Kenny Kaminski added 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting -- including 5-of-10 from behind the arc. Junior forward Antonio Campbell finished with eight points courtesy of a 4-of-11 effort from the field. He also tallied a team-high 12 rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 23 minutes.
Morehead State was led by an 18-point performance from Xavier Moon. The junior guard shot 4-of-8 from the field and 2-for-5 from beyond the arc while knocking down 8-of-8 free throw attempts.
Redshirt senior forward Lionel Gaines netted 14 points, going 6-of-13 from the field. He also snatched a game-high 13 rebounds. Corbin Collins added 14 points. Guard Brett Arrington shot 3-of-6 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line to finish with 11 points. Redshirt senior guard Brett Arrington was also at 11 points for the Eagles.
After falling behind 7-2, the Bobcats turned to their lone senior to get them back in the lead.
After hitting a jumper on the previous possession, Setty hit the offensive glass, snatching a Campbell miss and then pumping twice before going up taking the contact from the Eagle defender and finishing the layup. He converted the and-one opportunity at the charity stripe giving Ohio a 10-9 lead with 14:23 remaining in the opening half.
Neither team would make a bucket for the next five minutes as the only scoring between the two squads was at the free throw line. Ohio made the most of its opportunities at the line converting on all four of its shots handing the Bobcats a 14-11 advantage with 9:44 left in the first half.
The Eagles moved back in front thanks to an 8-0 run thanks to multiple Bobcat turnovers and took a 21-14 lead with 6:30 to go in the opening half.
Morehead State pushed its lead to 25-17 and took a 29-24 advantage into the locker room.
Simmons looked to reset the tone on the first possession of the second half as he went left off a high ball screen from Campbell getting to the rim and laying it off the glass. Kaminski's hot stroke continued into the final frame as on the very next possession when he drilled his third three of the game to tie the contest at 29 all with 19:02 left.
After a slow shooting start for both teams in the first half, the Bobcats and Eagles came out hot to start the second half. In the first four minutes, the teams shot over 50 percent combined as they traded blows back and forth, but it was the Eagles who held a slight 36-35 advantage heading into the first media timeout with 15:58 left in the second half.
Both teams continued to trade leads. Every time the Bobcats would hit a three the Eagles camee right back down and hit one of their own. At one point from the 12:40-11:40 mark in the second half, the two teams knocked down four shots from behind the arc as Morehead State held a slim 49-48 lead at the end of the barrage.
With the Eagles having to come out and guard the perimeter, the Bobcats were able to throw it down low to Campbell who hit back to back buckets from the block to give Ohio a 54-51 lead with 8:40 remaining in the game.
With the game knotted at 56-all, a drive by Simmons freed up Kaminski on the deep right wing, and he knocked down the three to give Ohio the 59-56 edge with 5:10 remaining in the second half.
The Eagles refused to fold and a 9-2 run gave them a 65-61 lead with 3:13 left to play.
Setty knocked down two free throws to tie the game back up at 65-all with 2:10 left in the game. Less than a minute later, however, Morehead State pushed the lead back up to 70-65 as it knocked down a deep three from the right wing and added two free throws on the next possession.
Down seven with under a minute to play, Simmons drove to the free throw line and found a wide-open Kaminski, who hit his fifth three of the game to cut the deficit to 72-68 with 42.9 seconds left.
After two made free throws by the Eagles, Simmons drove the lane, getting fouled with 33 seconds on the clock. He once again knocked down a pair to cut it to 74-70.
The next possession, Dartis cut it to a one-possession game as he nailed both attempts from the line to make it 75-72 with 17 seconds left.
Morehead State, however, salted the game away on the next possession, knocking down a pair of freebies of its own to extend to the lead to 77-72. The Bobcats were unable to hit on a Dartis three-point attempt on the other end, and the Eagles dribbled out the rest of the clock to advance to the CBI finals.