Lancaster – Both the Ohio University Lancaster men's and women's basketball teams won their games Tuesday evening during the first-ever "Rivalry Night" on campus. The women beat Ohio University Zanesville with a final score of 66 to 47. The men also beat OUZ with a final score of 106 to 67.
"Rivalry Night" was organized by the co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. The event was designed to bring attention to Ohio University Lancaster athletics. APO held events during halftime of both games and raffled off prizes.
"It was a great night for all our students, staff, fans and community to come out and support Ohio University Lancaster athletics. We hope that we continue to see this support from Tuesday's events in all our athletic events," said APO President Cody Sarensen. "It's the students, staff and community members that make Ohio University Lancaster a fantastic place to be. I'm very proud to attend this great campus."
"It was great to see students, faculty, staff and community members enjoying the game and having a good time," said Athletic Director Jeff Whitehead. "There was a really nice turnout and it was a great event."
Senior Chelsea Eccard was the leading scorer on the women's team with 22 points. Junior Zach Bobo was the scoring leader on the men's team with 21 points.
The event brought some students and community members to an Ohio University Lancaster athletic event for the first time. APO member Jeremy Lindsey was one of them.
"I have to say it was awesome," said Lindsey "APO had such a great time setting up and running tonight's events. I told Cody that this is something we need to do more often, it was just that fun!"
"The event was fun and exciting," said APO Vice President of Fellowship Roger Murphy. "It was great seeing all the excitement in the students and fans."
"We had a great time being able to help OUL athletics and running the event," said APO Sergeant-At-Arms Franco McCullough. "Providing service to Ohio University Lancaster is what Alpha Phi Omega is all about, so we were glad to be part of Tuesday's events."
The next home basketball games are scheduled for Wednesday, January 30. The women's game starts at 5:30 p.m.; the men's game starts at 7:30 p.m.