MC men need overtime to beat Ohio Northern

MARIETTA – Jacob Owens’ 3-pointer with 26 seconds left in the game forced overtime and Brennan McKean’s trey in the extra five minutes put Marietta College in front for good as the Pioneers pulled out a 67-61 victory over the Ohio Northern Polar Bears in Ohio Athletic Conference action Wednesday night at Ban Johnson Arena.

Marietta College, playing its first home game in nearly a month, struggled to find its shooting touch for most of the game. The Pioneers shot lessn than 38 percent from the floor (24-64) including a dismal 26 percent from behind the arc (6-23).

Trailing 59-56 with less than 30 seconds to play, Pioneer head coach John VanderWal drew up a play that was designed to find Owens open for a 3-point attempt.

That play worked to perfection as McKean took the inbounds pass and promptly found Owens open for what would be the game tying shot.

The Polar Bears scored first in overtime to take a 61-59 lead, but Pioneer point guard Tyler Worstell found McKean open in the corner for his second 3-pointer of the game and a 62-61 lead.

After McKean converted one-of-two free throws to make it a two-point game, Worstell finished things off for good, as the senior drove strong to the basket for his only two points of the game and a four point Pio lead with only 14 seconds remaining on the clock.

The win improved the Pioneers record to 9-3 and enabled them to remain undefeated in the OAC (5-0).

McKean and senior J.J Martin led Marietta College in scoring with 15 points apiece.

Both Martin and Matt Napier contributed double-doubles for MC, as Martin pulled down 11 boards, while Napier yanked down a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with 13 points.

The Polar Bears slipped to 6-6 on the season and 2-3 in the OAC.

Marietta College will next travel to Baldwin Wallace for another OAC contest Saturday afternoon.

Delaware State 53,

Marshall 51

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Jabari Joyner’s 3-pointer with 58 seconds left gave Delaware State a three-point lead, and the Hornets held on for a 53-51 nonconference victory at Marshall Wednesday night.

Delaware State (6-8) led 31-19 with 15 minutes left, but Marshall (7-7) chipped at the advantage and tied the game 41-all on Nigel Spikes’ dunk with 3:48 left. The teams exchanged the lead four times in the ensuing 2 minutes, the last Chris Lewis’ free throws that put the Hornets up 46-45 with 1:51 left.

Marshall’s Kelvin Amayo hit 1 of 2 foul shots for a 46-all tie, then Joyner drained his go-ahead trey for Delaware State’s final lead. Marshall twice pulled within a point after that, but the Hornets hit two free throws to re-extend the lead each time.

All five of Joyner’s points came in the final minute. Casey Walker led the Hornets with 13 points.

Pittman finished with 17 points.

No. 8 Ohio State 70, Nebraska 44

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Deshaun Thomas outscored Nebraska in the first half 18-17 and finished with 22 points to lead No. 8 Ohio State past the Cornhuskers 70-44 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points for Ohio State (11-2, 1-0), which won its 15th consecutive Big Ten home opener. The Buckeyes have a tough test on Saturday at No. 11 Illinois.

The Buckeyes led by at least 20 points for almost all of the second half.

How bad was it for the Cornhuskers (9-5, 0-1)? Only 8:27 remained when they finally exceeded the 31 points that their football counterparts scored in a 14-point loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl a day earlier.

Ray Gallegos had 14 points to lead Nebraska, which shot 29 percent from the field.

Thomas’ big half spelled doom for the Cornhuskers, who came in 6-1 when holding opponents to 60 or fewer points – and 3-3 when they did not.

Nebraska, last in the Big Ten in scoring (61.7 points per game), never had the firepower to get back in the game.

Not much went right for the Cornhuskers from the very start.

Big man Andre Almeida, who stands 6-foot-11 and weighs well over 300 pounds, went down with a right ankle injury midway through the first half. He was helped to the locker room and did not return.

But things had spiraled out of control long before he left.

Nebraska had difficulty getting anything going on offense, particularly struggling to get points inside. When they drove to the hoop, Aaron Craft was there to pester the ballhandler into a turnover. If they got past him, Ohio State centers Amir Williams and Evan Ravenel stood in the way and blocked or altered shots.

At the other end, Thomas scored five points early and then scored seven of the last nine as the Buckeyes ended the half on a 9-0 run.

The last time Nebraska beat a top 10 team on the road was Feb. 22, 1997, a 74-69 victory over No. 7 Iowa State. The Cornhuskers have lost their last 24 games away from home against teams in the top 10.

Thomas had one more field goal than Nebraska did – in 15 fewer attempts in the opening half.

He hit 8 of 12 shots from the field including half of his four 3-point attempts. The rest of the Buckeyes were just 7 of 21 (33 percent).

In their losses to Duke and Kansas, the Buckeyes shot .323 (43 of 133) from the field while hitting 49.4 percent (287 of 581) in its wins.

Ohio State scored the first five points of the second half to swell its run to 14-0 and its lead to 41-17. The lead never dropped below 20 again.

Craft was scoreless but finished with eight assists and four steals to disrupt Nebraska’s offense.

The biggest roar of the night came when Sam Thompson one-handed a dunk off an alley-oop pass from Shannon Scott with 3 minutes remaining.