ATHENS, Ohio -- D.J. Cooper scored 18 points and Nick Kellogg added 18 points off the bench to help Ohio pull away in the second half and beat Portland 81-52 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Ohio and Portland played to a 33-33 tie at halftime, but Ohio outscored the Pilots 48-19 in the second half.
The Pilots shot just 25.9 percent (7 for 27) in the second half, while Ohio shot 61.5 percent (16 for 26).
Jon Smith added eight rebounds and four blocks for the Bobcats, while Cooper also had six assists and five rebounds.
Ohio took its first lead 33 seconds into the second half and used a 21-6 run in the first 7:07 of the period to run away with the game.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.