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Campbell’s Double-Double Propels Ohio to Win

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The sixth double-double of the year for Tony Campbell was enough to lift Ohio basketball over Arkansas Pine Bluff 65-58 despite an inconsistent team performance.

Campbell had the biggest impact on the game from either team. His 26 points, a new-career high, led all scorers. He was also a mainstay inside, nabbing 12 rebounds and scoring many of his points in the paint.

His impact went beyond the stats sheet, however. The Bobcats did not shoot particularly well all game, but three powerful dunks from Campbell provided the Green and White with enough momentum to keep them ahead all game long.

Campbell was Ohio’s only consistent offensive threat. The Bobcats went 2-14 from 3-point range, and scoreless streaks of two minutes or more were common. They also committed 14 turnovers and had just four points from the bench.

A pesky Arkansas Pine Bluff squad was hard to keep out of the game. Despite shooting 37 percent overall, the Golden Lions went 11-20 from beyond the arc, and scoring the deep ball was key in keeping them in the game.

The Golden Lions lone bright spot in the game was their 3-point shooting.  The ‘Cats held huge advantages in rebounding, pulling down 35 to Arkansas Pine Bluff’s 20 and free throw shooting, taking 26 compared to 11 from the Golden Lions.

Ohio had only one other scorer in double figures with Treg Setty, who scored 13. Jaaron Simmons had a slow night scoring with just two points, but he added six critical assists on the night.

With the win, Ohio improves to 6-0 all-time against opponents from the SWAC, and Arkansas Pine Bluff drops its sixth straight game with the loss.

Ohio will enter its nine-day holiday break with a record of 8-3, and will host the Highlanders of UC Riverside on December 30 at 7 p.m.