The 99 points were a tournament record and Willis’ 31 points were a new career high for the senior, who is averaging 16.4 ppg. His highest previous total this season was 25 points. Willis hit 11-of-18 from the field and 7-of-11 from distance. He added two more at the stripe.
Joining Willis in double figures were Treg Setty (17), Ryan Taylor (17), Maurice Daly Ndour (15) and Antonio Campbell (10).
Ohio connected on 59.4 percent (38-of-64) of its shots from the field and 10-of-24 (41.7%) from beyond the arc. The Bobcats netted 13-of-18 at the line.
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The tourney consolation game win was a big bounce back for Ohio, which took a 77-49 drubbing from George Washington in the opening round and had lost four of its last five outings.
"We've been struggling for a win,” Willis said. “We lost the first one by 30 and you know our team, we've got the type of team where sometimes we need that. I'm not happy we lost by 30, but I think it woke us up."
A trey by Willis at 11:10 of the first half put Ohio up by a dozen at 11:10.
A three by Garrett at 6:07 pulled the Blue Demons within two at 29-27. However, OU put together a 15-3 run to close with a 44-30 halftime advantage.
Ohio continued pull away in the second half. A layup by Setty at 11:54 put the Bobcats up by 25 (68-43). The lead reached 27 points on two occasions before the final horn.
Ohio hits the court again Thursday (4 p.m. ET). Opponent was TBD. The game will be televised on ESPNU