Ohio University freshman Antonio Campbell took charge by scoring 19 of his 21 points in the second half to spell the end of the season for Cleveland State with a 64-62 win for the Bobcats in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com tournament Wednesday night at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.
Campbell, who entered the game with a 3.1 points per game average, scored 11 of the final 13 Ohio points, including a pair of free throws with 4.7 seconds left to break a tie and boost the Bobcats to the win.
The Bobcats also got a key basket from senior Nick Kellogg that temporarily gave Ohio University a 62-60 lead with 46 seconds remaining only to see Bryn Forbes tie it for Cleveland State with two free throws with 31 seconds remaining.
In a game that featured eight ties and 12 lead changes, saw neither team lead by more than six points while Cleveland State and Ohio exchanged the lead six times in the final minutes. Cleveland State had one final chance to tie the game or grab the win but a final shot by Jon Harris was off the mark at the buzzer.
The Vikings, who lost in the semi-finals in their only game in the Horizon League tournament, got 20 points from Bryn Forbes and 11 from Charlie Lee while Anton Grady added 10 before fouling out in the final seconds of the game.
Ohio University, which advances in the tournament that will re-bracket after the conclusion of the first round moved to 24-11 with the win that follows a quarterfinal loss to Akron in the Mid-American Conference tournament at Quicken Loans Arena.
While Cleveland State limited Kellogg to just four points, Stevie Taylor had 13 points for Ohio University, getting eight of 11 Bobcat points to take the hosts from a 13-7 deficit to a 18-17 lead early in the first half.
The Bobcats also got 13 points from Treg Setty, who took Ohio University from a 24-23 deficit to a 32-31 lead at intermission with nine straight points.
The Vikings lose three players to graduation. They are Jon Harris, Ludovic Ndaye and Devon Long.