RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande scored the game’s first nine points and never looked back, cruising to an easy 103-55 win over Ohio-Chillicothe, Friday night, in the men’s bracket of the 30th Annual Bevo Francis Invitational Tournament at the Newt Oliver Arena.
The Redstorm, who improved to 2-1 with the victory, will face WVU Tech - an 87-75 winner over Wilberforce University in Friday’s opening game - in Saturday’s championship game at 5 p.m.
OU-Chillicothe (0-2) will face Wilberforce in Saturday’s consolation game at 1 p.m.
Junior forward Karl Moore had a team-best 19 points and six rebounds for Rio Grande, which had all of its 14 players score in the win.
Freshmen guards D.D. Joiner and Austin McMaster had 14 and 10 points, respectively for the RedStorm, which shot 54.7 percent from the field (41-for-75) on the heels of shooting just 29 percent in a loss to Taylor (IN) University last Saturday.
Rio led by as many as 25 points in the opening half before settling on a 19-point cushion, 44-25, at the intermission.
The Hilltoppers pulled to within 17 points inside the first 90 seconds of the second stanza, but got no closer the rest of the way.
Rio’s biggest lead of the night was 52 points, 99-47, following a layup by sophomore guard Travis Elliott with 2:04 remaining.
OU-Chillicothe shot just 36 percent from the field (18-for-50), 55 percent from the foul line and was outrebounded 43-31.
Nine of the 10 players who saw action for the Hilltoppers scored, but only Casey Shaw reached double figures. The sophomore guard from Washington Court House, Ohio finished with 13 points.