Senior guard Javarez Willis hit six treys and passed out a game-high seven assists to lead the Ohio men's basketball team a win over Laval.
Aug. 15, 2014
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QUEBEC CITY -- Senior guard Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) knocked down six treys to post a game-high 18 points and handed out a game-high seven assists to help guide the Ohio University men’s basketball team to a 78-72 victory over Laval University on Thursday (Aug. 14).
The Bobcats posted their second straight win in their three-game Canadian preseason tour. Ohio topped Queen’s University, 80-75, in the opening contest of the trip on Wednesday (Aug. 13).
“We’ve got a team that’s hungry to win and plays hard,” said first-year head coach Saul Phillips. “We can improve by taking care of the basketball and finishing a little better around the rim, but early returns are very positive. This trip has been a great experience for our program.”
Willis also matched senior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) with a game-high three steals.
“Bean got on a little bit of a roll, and he just kept riding it,” said Phillips. “He’s an elite shooter. The thing that he did really well was make good decisions with the ball. He touched the game in a lot of ways. He’s a tough, tough kid.”
Sophomore forward Wadly Mompremier (Miami, Fla.) enjoyed a solid defensive game in the paint, crashing the boards for a game-high 11 rebounds and swatting a game-high three blocks. He also handed out two assists.
Coming off a 22-point, six-assist performance against Queen’s, Taylor put together another solid outing against the Rouge et Or, contributing 13 points and three assists.
Ohio’s freshmen guard duo of Ryan Taylor (Gary, Ind.) and Mike Laster (Detroit, Mich.) continued to impress, with Taylor tallying 14 points, six rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal and Laster coming off the bench to score 11 points, haul in four rebounds and post two steals and an assist. Taylor and Laster spent much of the evening guarding Laval’s toughest 1-on-1 defensive assignment. Taylor knocked down all four of his free throw attempts while Laster stepped up to knock down a big jumper late in the contest that essentially iced the victory for the ‘Cats.
“Both play hard, and they’re fearless,” said Phillips of his freshmen guards. “Bobcat fans are going to have a lot of fun watching the careers of these two young men over the next four years.”
Redshirt junior forward Treg Setty (Maysville, Ky.) totaled 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals while sophomore forward Antonio Campbell (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted nine points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
The Bobcats close out their trip to Montreal on Saturday (Aug. 16) with a matchup against Brookwood Elite. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.