Ohio is losing a returning starter from last season, as sophomore guard Ryan Taylor is transferring, according to a report from Jason Arksley of the Athens Messenger.
The 6-foot-5 native of Gary, Indiana started 28 games last season for the Bobcats and was fourth on the team in scoring at 8.1 points per game. Taylor also put up 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game on 43 percent shooting.
According to Arksley’s report, Ohio head coach Saul Phillips felt that this transfer came out of nowhere.
“I’m feeling a little puzzled, a little baffled,” Phillips said to Arksley. “We weren’t given any kind of reason other than that.”
“I really didn’t see it coming, and that’s what hurts the worst. I still don’t know quite why it happened,” Phillips continued. “We’ve tried to communicate, but at some point it always came back to we couldn’t get any more answers other than it was a gut feeling.”
The loss of Taylor certainly hurts Ohio down the road. As a young player, he was already playing heavy minutes and a bout with mono towards the end of last season made his production dip a little bit.
Ohio and Buffalo were locked in a tie game before a full-court inbound pass from Antonio Campbell found senior forward Maurice Ndour at the opposite 3-point line.
Ndour took the Bulls’ Justin Moss off-the-dribble and emphatically dunked with .1 seconds remaining to give the Bobcats an improbable last-second 63-61 win.
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Saturday afternoon Belmont and Ohio staged one of the best games of the day, and it was to be expected with both teams expected to factor into their respective conference races this season. Belmont’s Craig Bradshaw scored a career-high 42 points on Saturday and the Bruins needed every one of those points as the Bobcats were their equal throughout.
Bradshaw’s final two points decided the game, as he went the length of the court before dropping a floater over Ohio’s Treg Setty with two tenths of a second remaining (it can be seen at the 1:20-mark in the video above). Bradshaw’s 42 points are also a Division I-era program record. Javarez Willis scored 25 points to lead the way for Ohio, and tough basket with seven seconds remaining tied the game at 81 apiece.
Video credit: WOUB Public Media