Ohio hires North Dakota State’s Phillips as head coach

Saul Phillips of the North Dakota State Bison during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. 

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ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio University has hired North Dakota State’s Saul Phillips as its men’s basketball coach.

Phillips led the Bison to an upset of fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament last month. He was 134-84 in seven seasons at North Dakota State.

Phillips was hired Sunday to replace Jim Christian, who left after two years to coach Boston College. Christian was 49-22 at Ohio.