Athens, OH – Ohio University came out red hot from behind the arc early in the game, as they built a quick 12-point lead just nine minutes through the first half. Ohio hit six three pointers in the first half, and would continue to have success on the offensive end of the floor throughout the game, as they cruised to a 96 -77victory over Mount St. Mary’s.
Freshman guard Teyvion Kirk paced the Bobcats to the victory as he controlled the game throughout. Kirk played a great all-around game as he finished with 20 points, six assists and five rebounds. He has great length for a PG with very long arms which help him on both sides of the ball. Kirk is very agile and has some shifty moves. He is very comfortable attacking the paint and he understands how to get a good shot off at the basket. Kirk is also a very good shooter as he has great form on his shot. He’s also a very good passer with great court vision. He made several tough passes look easy during the game. Kirk is a very skilled guard with a ton of potential and should have a bright future for the Bobcats.
Junior forward Doug Taylor set the tone for the Bobcats early on as he came out in attack mode. Taylor did a good job of mixing up his game as he can attack from inside and outside. He has a nice big frame and at 6-9 has the ability to take his defender down in the post area or pull them out to three point land. He has good ball handling ability, which allows him to get into post-up moves when he’s on the block or drive if he’s out top. Taylor did a great job of finishing strong around the rim and attacking the glass. He finished with a double-double with 14 points to go along with 11 boards.
Mike Laster was also very solid for Ohio and played well from his guard position. Laster has a great in-between game, as he does very well operating in the mid-range areas of the floor. He likes to probe his way to the basket. He showed the ability to drive and pull-up for mid-range shots and floaters. Laster followed up a career scoring performance against Indiana State (25 points), with another strong performance against the Mountaineers as he finished with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
Ryan Gomes was a bright spot for the Mountaineers. Gomes is big physical center that is fundamentally sound. He showed that he has soft hands as he caught tough passes in lots of traffic. Gomes saw plenty attention from the Bobcats defense as he was double teamed often, however he played big all night through lots of contact and traffic. He has good soft touch on his shots and finishes well at the basket. Gomes finished with 14 points and two blocked shots in 24 minutes of action.
With the win Ohio improves to 3-2, and with the loss Mount St. Mary’s falls to 3-4. Next up Ohio will play at home against Iona while Mount St. Mary’s will also return home to take on Morgan State.
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