ATHENS, Ohio — Teyvion Kirk scored 14 of his team-high 20 points in the opening half, as NCAA Division I Ohio University bolted to a 28-point halftime lead en route to a 93-58 exhibition win over the University of Rio Grande, Saturday afternoon, in front of 5,618 fans at the Convocation Center.
The contest served as the final tuneup before both schools’ regular season opener.
Kirk, who also had a game-high four steals, was one of five players in double figures for the host Bobcats.
Jason Carter and Ben Vander Plas finished with 18 and 14 points, respectively, in the winning effort, while Doug Taylor and Antonio Cowart netted 10 points each.
Taylor also had a game-high seven rebounds.
The Bobcats shot 65.6 percent in the opening half, building a 52-24 advantage at the intermission.
Rio Grande refused to go away quietly, though, using a 10-0 run that was culminated by a jumper from freshman Joshua Anthony (Newnan, GA) to pull the RedStorm within 15 points, 61-46, with 12:44 left in the game.
However, Ohio quelled the Rio rally – and put the win on ice – by reeling off a 19-6 run over the next seven minutes to open up a 28-point cushion.
The Bobcats’ largest lead of the day came with the game’s final margin of victory.
Junior Cameron Schreiter (Mason, OH) had 18 points to pace Rio in a losing cause, while senior Earl Russell (Warrington, England) added 14 points and a team-high six rebounds.
The RedStorm shot 50 percent (12-for-24) from the floor in the second half and finished the game 22-for-54 (40.7%).
Ohio finished 37-for-62 (59.7%) from the floor and did the bulk of its damage close to the bucket, outscoring Rio 62-28 in the paint.
Rio Grande officially opens its season on Tuesday night, traveling to Mount Vernon Nazarene University for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.