ATHENS, Ohio -- DeVaughn Washington scored 16 points off the bench to help Ohio defeat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 83-70 on Sunday.
The Bearcats (2-1) shot 50 percent (16 of 32) in the opening half en route to a 44-26 halftime lead. Ohio led 18-17 with 8:31 left in the first half before extending its advantage with a 26-9 run.
The Islanders (1-3) climbed back into the game in the second half thanks to 15-of-26 shooting (57.7 percent). Texas A&M-Corpus Christi pulled within 10, 73-63, with 2:29 left to play before a 3-pointer from Tommy Freeman pushed the Ohio lead to 13, 76-63.
Despite outscoring the Bobcats 44-39 in the second half, the Islanders shot 1 for 6 from behind the arc (16.7 percent) and 13 of 23 from the free-throw line (56.5 percent).
Demond Watt led all scorers with 26 points on 11-of-13 from the floor (84.6 percent) for the Islanders.