Athens, Ohio (November 24, 2017) – Mike Laster and Teyvion Kirk combined for 40 points to propel Ohio University past Mount St. Mary's University, 96-77, on Friday night at the Convocation Center. Junior Robinson led the Mount with 21 points to go along with a career-high 10 assists.
Robinson went 9-for-17 in the contest to collect his fourth straight game with 20-plus points and fifth overall this season. Robinson's 10 helpers in the contest gave him the first double-double of his career. Jonah Antonio knocked down five three-pointers as he registered 19 points and seven rebounds, and Ryan Gomes chipped in with a career-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
Laster and Kirk each posted 20-point efforts, combining for a 16-of-30 mark from the field. Doug Taylor added a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards, while Jordan Dartis (15 pts) and Zach Butler (12) also registered double figures.
The Mount went 31-for-62 (.500) as a team and 11-for-32 (.344) from long range, while the Bobcats went 39-for-71 (.549) overall and 9-for-24 (.375) from deep.
The Mount (2-4) and Ohio (3-2) went back and forth in the opening five minutes of play as the Bobcats took an 11-9 lead into the first media timeout. Gomes made three of his first four field goals for an early six points.
The Bobcats went on a 19-6 run over the ensuing five-plus minutes to open a 15-point advantage. Dartis led the way with eight points, which included a pair of three-pointers during the stretch.
Just over three minutes later, the Bobcats pushed the lead to 41-21 for their largest advantage of the half, but the Mount answered with nine of the game's next 11 points to get back in the contest. Antonio hit a pair of three-pointers to ignite the run, and Omar Habwe capped it off with a traditional three-point play, closing the gap to 43-30 with 4:09 remaining in the half.
Ohio maintained a double-digit lead in the final four-plus minutes of the stanza to take a 53-40 advantage into the halftime break.
Both teams shot well in the first half of play, with the Mount (.567) holding a slight edge over Ohio (.564). Antonio registered 13 of his 19 points in the frame to pace the Mountaineers.
The Bobcats outscored the Mount 15-5 early in the second half, with Taylor and Kirk combining for eight during the stretch, as they jumped out to their biggest lead of game, 68-45.
Mount St. Mary's cut into the deficit over the next nine minutes, paced by 11 points combined from Robinson and Antonio, to trim the Bobcat advantage to 80-66 with just over six minutes showing on the clock.
Ohio was able to slow down the Mount in the final minutes and extend its lead, as the Bobcats closed out the 96-77 victory.
The Mount returns to Emmitsburg for a matchup against Morgan State on Monday, November 27 at 7 p.m.