COLUMBIA TWP. - Kurt Russell says "Morgan is just Morgan" when referring to his star point guard, Morgan Jones.
If Morgan was being Morgan on Tuesday night against Columbia, it`s good to be Morgan.
Jones, Oberlin`s all-county and all-conference junior, scored 22 points and doled out five assists in roughly three quarters as the Phoenix romped over Columbia, 78-45, in a Patriot Athletic Conference game.
"We`ll take 22 points and five assists from Morgan any night," Russell said. "We expect a lot from him this year. He makes us go. We`re glad to have him on the team."
Jones scored nine points in the first quarter, five in the second and eight in the third. He left for good with 6:48 remaining in the game after picking up his fourth foul.
He was not needed. Oberlin (2-1, 1-0 PAC) was ahead 69-34 when Jones got No. 4.
The outcome was never in doubt as the Phoenix ran off eight straight points to go on top 8-2. Oberlin`s lead was as wide as 13 points in the opening quarter and 22 in the second.
"We`re improving," Russell said. "We`re satisfied, although not necessarily happy. In a few areas we`re not there yet, but we hope we`re turning the corner."
One of the few departments in which the Phoenix didn`t dominate Columbia (0-3, 0-1 PAC) was foul shooting. Oberlin was 10-of-18 at the free throw line.
Steve Kilgore added 20 points for Oberlin, 12 of which came in the third period when he and Jones combined for 20 of the Phoenix`s 22 points.
Columbia was not deadly at the line, either, goingÂ 12-of-22. The Raiders made 15 of 49 field-goal attempts to Oberlin`s 31-of-66 from the field. Columbia had 23 turnovers to 15 for the Phoenix.
"We didn`t execute anything resembling an offense," Columbia coach Brian Kelley said. "We didn`t give ourselves a chance to win, and that`s disappointing.
"Oberlin is very athletic. They`re all seniors except for Jones, and he`s a nice ballplayer. Maybe the best in the conference. He knows when to drive, when to pass, when to shoot, when to pull the ball out. He controls the tempo."
James Magda, one of only two seniors on the Raiders, led Columbia with 12 points.
"James did a nice job," Kelley said. "He did everything we wanted him to do. I`ll show a little love for the game he played.
"We got some good looks inside at the end of the game for the big guys (Kevin) Augaitis and (Ricky) Wake. That was good to see. We`re taking improvement in little steps."
Shwuan Stevenson grabbed 12 rebounds for Oberlin, while teammates Tehran Roundtree and Kris Robinson had six each. Augaitis had seven rebounds and Brett Doutt had six for the Raiders.
Oberlin 21Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 21Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 22Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 14 â€“ 78
ColumbiaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 11Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 10Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 13Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 11 â€“ 45
OBERLIN (78): Kris Robinson 4-1-10, Morgan Jones 9-2-22, Steve Kilgore 9-2-20, Tehran Roundtree 4-1-11, Shwuan Stevenson 2-1-5, David Gaines 1-1-3, Austin Pinkston 1-1-4, Kristian Dodson 1-1-3. Totals: 31-10-78.
COLUMBIA (45): C.J. Shope 0-1-1, James Magda 3-5-12, Richie Bics 2-1-5, Jerry Karl 2-0-5, Brett Doutt 3-2-9, Kevin Augaitis 4-1-9, Ricky Wake 1-2-4, Anthony Fabrizi 0-0-0, A.J. DiDonato 0-0-0. Totals: 15-12-45.
Three-point goals: Oberlin 6 (Jones 2, Roundtree 2, Robinson, Pinkston), Columbia 3 (Magda, Doutt, Karl). Rebounds: Oberlin 36 (Stevenson 12), Columbia 23 (Augaitis 7). Turnovers: Oberlin 15, Columbia 23. Total fouls: Oberlin 18, Columbia 14. Fouled out: None.
Junior varsity: Oberlin 45, Columbia 23.