Freshman guard Jaylen Adams, who came into the game averaging 10.75 ppg, erupted for 26 points to lead the Bonnies. Nearly half (12) of his points came at the free throw line, but Adams was 6-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 on threes. Joining him in double figures were Marcus Posley (20, Andell Cumberbatch (11) and Dion Wright (10).
Forward Maurice Daly Ndour and guard Javarez Willis shared team-high honors for Ohio with 16 points apiece despite going 4-of-14 and 5-of-14, respectively, from the field. Ndour helped his total by hitting 8-of-10 at the free throw line. Willis was 4-of-9 on treys. Campbell, meanwhile, connected on 7-of-11 from the floor for his 14 points.
Overall, Ohio made 25-of-61 (41%) from the field and 5-of-19 (26.3%) from behind the arc. St. Bonaventure was good on 26-of-56 (46.4%) from the field and 6-of-13 (46.2%) from distance.
A key difference was at the foul line where the Bonnies made 22-of-28 compared to 15-of-22 for Ohio.
Both teams held small leads and there were six ties in the first half, which closed with Ohio holding a 37-36 lead.
A bucket by Ndour and trey by Willis upped the OU advantage to six points just over a minute into the second half. That proved to be the Bobcats largest lead and St. Bonaventure came charging back. The Bonnies took the lead for good at 14:15 on an Adams jumper to make it 45-44. Marcus Posley followed with a three and then a jumper.
The largest St. Bonaventure lead came at 4:30 when Posley’s three-point goal put the Bonnies up 73-58 (15 points). The closest Ohio could get after that was six points at 74-68 with 1:35 remaining.
"It's a learning lesson,” Willis said. “We've just got to start getting better. We were having trouble (playing well) in the first half; now we're (playing well) in the first half. We've just got to learn to put two halves together of solid basketball."
Ohio returns to action Saturday when it hosts Alcorn State (2 p.m. ET).