Brown Career Day takes Bobcats to Concordia
– Led by career-high 19 points from Junior Guard Miles brown (Rochester, NY), the Ohio men’s basketball team (5-1) defeated Concordia (4-5), 88-68, Friday night inside the Convocation Center.
Six Bobcats recorded double digits. Brown finished with 19 points, or 7 of 12 from the field, and took six rebounds. Senior forward redshirt Ben vander plas (Ripon, Wisconsin) and 5e year ahead Jason carter (Johnstown, Ohio) both finished with 16 points, with Carter grabbing seven rebounds, a team record. Second year care Marc Sears (Muscle Shoals, Ala.) Added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists, while the top guard Tommy schmock (Cleveland, Ohio) finished with 11 points and was 3 of 7 of three.
Overall, Ohio shot 45% from the field, 30% from three and 74% from the line, while Concordia shot 51% from the field, 41% from three and 71% from the line. Ohio topped the Cardinals, 36-31, while handing out 16 assists to their 12. The Bobcats also forced 19 turnovers from Concordia while scoring 28 points.
Ohio won the tip, but Concordia got the game’s first point. Ohio took a one point lead at 3:38 PM. After the teams traded baskets over the next few minutes, Concordia took a nine-point lead with 2:54 left at the half. Carter hit two free throws at the end of half-time, but entered the locker room 37-30 behind at half-time.
At halftime, Ohio shot 32% from the field, 16% from three and 63% from the line, while Concordia shot 55% from the field, 42% from three and did not attempt a free throw. . Concordia beat Ohio 19-17 and gave eight assists to the Ohio five.
At halftime, Carter led the Bobcats with nine points, followed by Vander Plas with six.
Ohio opened the second half with the first basket, a layup from Brown. After Concordia won seven with 16:36 left in the game, the Bobcats chomped on, taking a one point lead after two free throws from Schmock. After a freshman layup forward AJ Clayton (Duncan Falls, Ohio) and a steal from Schmock that led to a basket from Brown, the Bobcats took a six-point lead with 12:58 left.
After Concordia reduced the Ohio lead to one on the timeout, a three from Vander Plas followed by a layup from Carter prompted the Bobcats to take a 64-54 lead with 9:16 to play in the game. After a layup and a free throw from Sears, Ohio took a 73-64 lead with 4:56 to go.
The Cardinals have never come close to nine points in the last five minutes, with three from Schmock and Brown helping the Bobcats to the 88-68 victory.
For Concordia, Thomas Hronis led the way with 23 points and was 7 of 13 to three, while Bernard Kasanda added 14 points and four rebounds.
Next, the Bobcats travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to take on their second non-conference SEC opponent when they face LSU on Wednesday, December 1. Kick-off is set for 8 p.m. ET and can be seen on SEC Network +.