Calvin Mattheis | Ohio Athletics

Turnovers Cost Bobcats Against St. Bonaventure

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For the first time this season the Ohio Men’s basketball team was held under 70 points. Unfortunately for Ohio, the team could not hold its opponent under 70 points. The team fell 81-68 to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies.

Freshman standout Jordan Dartis was out sick all week and did not travel with the team. His presence was certainly missed Saturday.

With 13:03 left in the second half, the Bobcats led 50-49. However, turnovers did not let that lead last. The ‘cats had three straight turnovers and a missed layup in four straight possessions. During this time, St. Bonaventure scored seven points and took a 56-50 lead. Nelson Kaputo hit back-to-back threes and the Bonnies led 62-54. Kaputo hit one more for good measure to make it a 67-56 lead.  Ohio tried to fight back with a pair of Antonio Campbell free throws but it was still down 75-63. The Bonnies hit their free throws down the stretch and secured the victory.

The first half, however, was a back and forth game. Campbell and Jaylen Adams hit 3-pointers to start the game. Khari Harley and Kenny Kaminski also hit threes and Ohio led 13-10. Wadly Mompremier’s layup cut the Bonnies’ lead to one point, 22-21. One minute later freshman James Gollon hit a three and Ohio led 24-22. The two teams traded points until another Gollon three made it 33-31 St. Bonaventure. With two seconds left in the half, Marcus Posley hit a three for St. Bonaventure, giving the Bonnies a 37-35 lead.

Campbell led the way for Ohio with 20 points and three rebounds. Setty had an outstanding game with 16 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and a block. Adams had a game high 22 points for St. Bonaventure.

The story for today’s game was once again turnovers. Tuesday against Marshall, Ohio had 19 turnovers. Saturday against St. Bonaventure Ohio had 13 turnovers, which led to 20 points. Ohio missed Dartis coming off the bench, as its bench was outscored 18-12. Coming into todays game, Ohio was the 10th worst team in the country in terms of turnovers per game. It is something Saul Phillips is not happy with, saying after the Marshall game, “It bothers me that we’re not taking care of the ball better. It really bothers me.”

Ohio gets a week off before its next game against Cleveland State at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.