It was a rough night for Ben Vander Plas and the No. 13-seeded Ohio Bobcats tonight as it lost to the No. 5-seeded Creighton Bluejays 72-58 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 2017 Ripon High School graduate finished with just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting from the field, which included 1 of 6 from behind the 3-point line. Shooting wasn't the only problem for Vander Plas as the redshirt junior blew out of his right shoe with around 13 minutes left in the second half. He switched to a shoe of a different color and continued with mismatched shoes.
After making his decision in the fall of 2016 to attend Ohio University, Ben Vander Plas told the Commonwealth that it would be “a very cool e…
Vander Plas did finish with a team-high 10 rebounds in the game and added three assists and one steal in the losing effort.
Vander Plas and the Ohio Bobcats started off the game fast as they scored the first five points and were up 11-6 more than seven minutes into the game. But Creighton finished the first half on a 33-13 run to take a 39-24 lead into the intermission.
Ohio managed to get within 10 points at 65-55 with a little more than three minutes left, but could never get any closer.
The Bobcats finish the season 17-8, making it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 after pulling off three-straight upsets to win the Mid-American Conference Tournament. They knocked off No. 4 seed Virginia in the first round.
Ben Vander Plas ended the season averaging 13 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. He scored his 1,000th career point in a Bobcat uniform earlier this season.
Ben Vander Plas’ shoe has had it with this game pic.twitter.com/3WRMpISjrM— Justin Holbrock (@NBC4Justin) March 22, 2021
And now, Ben Vander Plas' show has blown apart trying to defend a shot after getting shaken on a fake. Feels like a metaphor for how this game has gone, really.— Bobcat Belt (@HustleBelt) March 22, 2021