ATHENS, Ohio -- Walter Offutt scored 23 points, including 13 free-throw makes, as Ohio defeated Hampton 75-67 Tuesday night in a nonconference affair.
Offutt's output was his highest since netting 26 against North Carolina in last year's Sweet 16. His previous best this season was 11 points against UNC Wilmington on Nov. 16.
Hampton (0-3) lost despite outrebounding the Bobcats 43-26 and outscoring them 36-20 in the paint, 28-16 off the bench and 23-11 on second-chance points.
The Pirates led 25-24 with 6:35 left in the first half, but a 3 by Offutt kickstarted a 20-2 Ohio run to close out the half with the Bobcats ahead 44-27. Ohio scored 21 first-half points off turnovers and finished with a 32-18 advantage in that department.
David Bruce led the Pirates with 20 points.
Jeff Goodman logs all the coaching changes following the 2015-16 college basketball season.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who averaged 15.8 points in 13 games before being injured last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Isaiah Briscoe has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Marcus Lee intends to transfer.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|