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WVIAC Tournament

Charleston 65,

Glenville State College 57

CHALRESTON – Division II’s most prolific offense was reduced to a hush during a quarterfinal game in the women’s bracket of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Wednesday night.

Ninth-seeded Charleston avenged two losses to top-seeded Glenville State College during the regular season and defeated the Pioneers, 65-57, at the Charleston Civic Center.

Nearly five minutes elapsed before either team scored on Wednesday. By halftime, GSC managed just two 3-pointers after averaging a nation’s best 14.1 per contest. Despite their offensive woes, the Pioneers stayed even with Charleston by intermission at 28-28.

Charleston began to assert itself early in the second half when Nichole Perry knocked down three of her five 3-pointers and accounted for all 11 Golden Eagle points during one stretch as GSC fell behind 44-36.

Latoya Hambrick’s only bucket of the game for GSC trimmed the deficit to 46-45 at the 5:37 mark of the second half but Perry answered with another trifecta which ignited an 8-0 run and left the Pioneers trailing 54-45 with 3:19 showing on the clock.

GSC (26-3) never pulled closer than six points the rest of the way and had its 20-game win streak snapped. The Pioneers finished the game with six 3-pointers, including three by Ginny Mills, who finished with 11 points. Teammate Kenyona Simmons also scored 11 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds.

For Charleston (16-12), Perry led all scorers with 18 points, while Chrissy Keir pitched in 14 points to go with a game-high eight assists.

West Liberty 88,

Shepherd 87 (2OT)

CHARLESTON -With its two top scorers having fouled out, West Liberty turned to freshman Liz Flowers to secure an 88-87, double-overtime victory against Shepherd in a quarterfinal game in the women’s bracket of the WVIAC Tournament.

With the game tied at 85 with 1:39 remaining in the second overtime, Flowers kept her dribble alive as the shot clock went into single digits. The former standout from Williamstown High School converted a left-handed layup and was fouled. Her free throw converted the three-point play and gave the Hilltoppers their largest lead since the six-minute mark in regulation.

Hillary Southworth led West Liberty (21-7) with 27 points, while former Tyler Consolidated standout Meghan Wiseman contributed 14 points. Flowers played 49 of a possible 50 minutes and finished with a career-high 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Men’s Basketball

Akron 88, Ohio 81 (OT)

ATHENS, Ohio – Demetrius Treadwell scored 21 points and Jake Kretzer came off the bench with a career-high 19 as Akron extended its winning streak to 19 games, the nation’s longest this season, by defeating Ohio 88-81 in overtime Wednesday night.

The Zips (23-4, 13-0 Mid-American Conference) overcame a 21-3 first-half Ohio run that put them in a 34-16 hole.

Akron had a 15-0 run of its own for a 49-45 lead 6:05 into the second half, but the Bobcats (20-8, 11-2) didn’t fold. Jon Smith’s layup for Ohio in the final second of regulation sent it to overtime.

Kretzer, who was 4 for 4 in the second half, all 3-pointers, and 6 of 6 overall, began overtime with two free throws and Akron never looked back.

Zeke Marshall and Alex Abreu scored 16 each for Akron.

D.J. Cooper scored 26 points for Ohio. Walter Offutt added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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Marshall 82, Central Florida 70

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Elijah Pittman scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures and hot-shooting Marshall defeated Central Florida 82-70 Wednesday night.

DeAndre Kane tallied 19 points and seven assists, D.D. Scarver scored 16 points and Dennis Tinnon added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Thundering Herd, who shot a season-high 54.2 percent (32 of 59).

Marshall (12-15, 5-7 Conference USA) led 23-19 before Tinnon sandwiched two jumpers around a Pittman 3-pointer to put the Thundering Herd up for good. Marshall took a 48-34 lead into intermission behind a 60 percent (21 of 35) first-half shooting effort and never led by less than eight from there.

Pittman, Scarver, Kane and Tinnon all managed at least 10 points in the first half.

Isaiah Sykes had 23 points and 11 rebounds for UCF (17-9, 7-5), which shot 43 percent (28 of 65), but struggled from 3-point range (3 of 16).

Ohio 73, Eastern Michigan 50

ATHENS, Ohio -Ohio made its first seven shots from the field en route to an early 17-3 lead and never looked back as the Bobcats topped Eastern Michigan 73-50 Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive win. The Bobcats moved to 20-6 (11-1 MAC) with the win, while Eastern Michigan fell to 12-14 (5-7).

Reggie Keely led the Bobcats with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) turned in a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists. Ivo Baltic finished with a solid performance of eight points and nine rebounds.

Cooper moved into a tie for 13th place on the NCAA all-time assists lists with 894 career helpers. He also climbed into the top-25 in NCAA steals history with five Wednesday night.

Ohio posted its 20th win of the 2012-13 season season with the win Wednesday night. The Bobcats now have 14 20-win seasons in program history, including three of the last four seasons.

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No. 12 Glenville State 95,

Concord 74

GLENVILLE – Ginny Mills hit 6 of 11 from downtown and had 28 points by halftime as host Glenville State cruised past Concord, 95-74, here Thursday evening in a West Virginai Conference affair inside the Jesse R. Lilly Gymnasium.

Mills finished with a game-high 33 points while Kenyona Simmons added a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. No. 12 GSC, which improved to 25-2 overall and 20-1 in the WVIAC, also received 17 points from Ashleigh Fossett, 10 counters by LaToya Hambrick as well as a game-high 12 rebounds from Aesha Peters.

Concord (7-20, 6-15) was led in scoring by Rachel Artip, who had 24 points and also a team-best 11 boards. Stephanie Wagner flirted with a triple-double in the setback, finishing with 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Amanda Smith chipped in a dozen points and Leslie Mack 10 for the visitors.

The Pioneers return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday when Alderson-Broaddus invades against head coach Bunky Harkleroad’s squad, which is 12-0 at home.

Minnesota 57, Ohio State 56

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State saved its best for the final minute. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, Minnesota saved its luck for the final seconds.

After Raven Ferguson hit her second 3-pointer within :08 seconds left to give OSU a 56-55 lead, Minnesota’s Rachel Banham raced the other way and hit a runner with 0.4 seconds left to give Minnesota the one-point victory, 57-56.

Trailing by five, 55-50, with just over a minute left, Ferguson cut the lead to two with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. After a timeout, Ferguson came up with a steal on the inbounds and hit a second 3-pointer from the corner to give Ohio State the one-point lead before Banaham hit the game winner.

The loss drops the Buckeyes to 4-9 in the Big Ten and 14-12 overall while Minnesota improves to 16-11 and 5-8.

Marshall 72, ECU 60

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. For the third week in a row, Marshall women’s basketball protected home court as the Thundering Herd upset the No. 2 ranked team in C-USA, ECU, on Thursday night, 72-60. The game was played in front of a season-high 1,537 Marshall fans and displayed a contest in which the Herd never trailed.

Marshall improved to 9-16 (3-9 C-USA) with the victory and East Carolina dropped to 18-7 (8-4 C-USA). The win showcased the second week in a row in which the Herd upset the second-ranked team in C-USA as Marshall took down UTEP last week, 59-47.

The Herd had four players score double-digit points against the Pirates. Erica Woods and Leandra King each totaled 15 points, while Suporia Dickens and Norrisha Victrum both had 12.

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Glenville State 80, Concord 73 (OT)

GLENVILLE – Jamel Morris connected on his only 3-pointer to open overtime and host Glenville State never trailed after that as the G-men tripped Concord, 80-73, after needing the extra five minute session to improve to 12-14 here Thursday night in WVIAC action.

The Mountain Lions, who were led by Damien Tunstalle’s game-high 25 points, bolted out to an early 18-7 advantage only to have the Pioneers (12-14, 8-13) finish the half on a 26-8 run to take a seven point cushion into the break.

Lamar Mallory posted the only double-double in the victory, going for 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. GSC, which plays host to Alderson-Broaddus on Saturday afternoon back inside the Jesse R. Lilly Gymnasium, also received double figure scoring efforts from DJ Blanks (15), Kevin Gray (11) and Morris (11).

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No. 22 Memphis 71, Marshall 59

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Adonis Thomas scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 22 Memphis to its 16th straight victory, 71-59 over Marshall on Saturday night.

Joe Jackson added 12 points and Geron Johnson had 11 for the Tigers (22-3, 11-0 Conference USA).

Memphis improved to 7-0 in road games with the help of its reserves, who outscored their Marshall counterparts 19-6.

Elijah Pittman and DeAndre Kane scored 16 points apiece for Marshall (11-15, 4-7). Dennis Tinnon added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Thundering Herd, who committed 20 turnovers and lost for the sixth time in eight games.

Ohio 78, Kent State 75 (OT)

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – Stevie Taylor’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining in overtime gave Ohio the lead as it defeated Kent State 78-75 Saturday for its fourth straight victory.

On Kent State’s ensuing possession, Nick Kellogg deflected a pass, and the ball came to Walter Offutt, who had 17 points for the Bobcats (19-6, 10-1 Mid-American Conference). Offutt tipped it to Kellogg for a final layup with 2 seconds left.

Ohio led by 15 points, 46-31, early in the second half before the Golden Flashes (14-12, 5-7) rallied.

It was Ohio’s second narrow victory over the Golden Flashes in their first season under former Kent State coach Jim Christian. The Bobcats won 69-68 on Jan. 26.

D.J. Cooper’s seven assists give him 884 in his career, tied for 15th all-time with Jim Les, who played at Cleveland State and Bradley from 1981-86.

Chris Evans’ 18 points and 14 rebounds led Kent State.

WOMEN

No. 16 Glenville State 104,

Shepherd 87

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Sixteenth-ranked Glenville State (22-2, 17-1 WVIAC) recieved two 20-point plus point efforts Saturday afternoon from Kenyona Simmons (24) and Ashley Fossett with (23) as the Pioneers looked to improve their seeding in the upcoming Division II NCAA women’s basketball tournament with a 104-87 victory over host Shepherd.

The Pioneers rolled out to an 11-point halftime lead, thanks to 17 combined points from Simmons (7) and Fossett( 10). Shepherd was able to close the margin to two points at 41-39 with 3:52 left in the half before Glenville went on an 18-8 run to end the first half of play. Shepherd cut the margin to seven points several times in the final period, but the Pioneers had an answer each time to pull away and secure another victory.

Leading the way for Shepherd was Emily Daniel, who scored 20 points. Glenville takes to the road Monday for a game at the University of Charleston.

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Ohio 82, Central Michigan 63

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) – Walter Offut had 17 points and eight rebounds, leading Ohio to an 82-63 victory over Central Michigan on Wednesday night.

Reggie Keely added 14 points and Ricardo Johnson had 11 for the Bobcats (18-6, 9-1 Mid-American), who hit 10 of 21 3-pointers and shot 52 percent overall from the field. It was Ohio’s first win at McGuirk Arena since 2007.

Kyle Randall scored 28 points for Central Michigan (9-15, 2-9) – the fifth straight game over 20 for the leading scorer in the Mid-American Conference.

Chris Fowler had seven assists, giving him a Chippewas freshman record of 121 for the season.

Marshall 71, Rice 70

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Elijah Pittman scored 22 points to lead Marshall over Conference USA-foe Rice 71-70 Wednesday night.

Marshall (11-14, 4-6) entered having lost two straight and five of six. Pittman was 7-of-10 shooting and made three 3-pointers. D.D. Scarver hit four treys en route to 17 points, while Dennis Tinnon had 11 points and Nigel Spikes 10.

DeAndre Kane, ranked sixth in the NCAA averaging 7.2 assists entering Wednesday, had 10 helpers for the Thundering Herd.

Spikes hit two free throws to put Marshall ahead 62-61 with 3:35 left and added two more foul shots 36 seconds later for a decisive 64-61 lead.

Rice’s Julian DeBose hit a 3 to make it 71-70 with 1 second left, but the Owls (5-19, 1-9) couldn’t get the ball back for another shot.

Marietta College 93, Mount Union 81

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Tyler Hammond and J.J. Martin combined for 45 points as Marietta College posted a 93-81 Ohio Athletic Conference road win at Mount Union on Wednesday night.

The Pioneers, now 18-6 overall and 14-3 in the OAC with a 2 p.m. road game up next on Saturday at John Carroll, also got 13 points from Jacob Owens and a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards from Jason Humphrey.

Mount Union (12-13, 9-8) was led by Nate Jacubeck and Jarrett Ruffin, who had 15 points apiece. Ex-Williamstown all-stater Matt Kiger finished with eight points, seven rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes of action for the Purple Raiders.

WOMEN

No. 25 Oklahoma State 64,

West Virginia 54

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Brittney Martin scored a career-high 21 points and No. 25 Oklahoma State pulled away from West Virginia 64-54 Wednesday night to split the season series.

The Cowgirls, who have won three Big 12 Conference road games for the first time since 2009-10, lost to the Mountaineers 67-61 on Jan. 29 and were coming off Sunday’s 80-61 loss at No. 23 Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State (17-6, 6-6) trailed 22-20 when Toni Young’s layup and jumper sparked a 10-0 run en route to a 35-25 halftime lead.

The Mountaineers trimmed the deficit to 37-35 on Christal Caldwell’s 3-pointer, but Martin answered with a trey to launch a 10-2 spurt.

Tiffany Bias scored 14 points, and with two steals became the third Cowgirl to reach 1,000 points, 500 assists and 200 steals. Young added 12 points and 16 rebounds for her 31st career double-double.

Marietta 89, Mount Union 84

MARIETTA-The Marietta College Pioneers upset the Mount Union Purple Raiders 89-84 in overtime at Ban Johnson Arena Wednesday night.

Tori Dixon shot 9-of-12 from the floor to lead the Pios with 26 points. Mount Union’s Rosa LaMattina led everyone with 28 points. Marietta shot 32-of-61 (52.5 percent) on the night while the Purple Raiders were 30-for-76 (39.5 percent). Marietta also held the edge in rebounding 46-33.

The win improved Marietta’s record to 9-15 overall and 4-13 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Mount dropped to 18-6 overall and 12-5 in the OAC.

Marietta is back in action Saturday when it hosts John Carroll at 3 p.m. at Ban Johnson Arena.

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West Virginia 72, Kansas 56

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Senior Ayana Dunning scored 17 points to pave the way to a 72-56 West Virginia University women’s basketball victory over Kansas on Saturday at the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.

With the win, the Mountaineers move to 14-9 overall and 6-6 in the Big 12, while the Jayhawks are 14-8 overall and 5-6 in the Big 12.

Leading 50-46, Christal Caldwell hit a 3-pointer to spark a 10-0 WVU run for its largest lead of the game to that point, 60-46, with 6:33 remaining. KU missed five jumpers and recorded a pair of turnovers during the Mountaineers’ run. WVU held Kansas to only four points until Asia Boyd hit a three with just under two minutes to play. Running out of time and in desperation to score, Boyd’s final four 3-point attempts were off the mark, while WVU converted 3-of-6 free throw attempts to seal the win.

Eastern Michigan 64, Ohio 57

YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Ohio University Women’s Basketball Team dropped a close cross-divisional contest at Mid-American Conference West Division foe Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon, losing to the Eagles by a final score of 64-57.

Ohio trailed by as much as 18 in the second half but went on an impressive run, coming back to within two points (59-57) with less than 60 seconds remaining in the game.

Erin Bailes scored a game-high 19 points, shooting a solid 7-15 from the field which included a 5-10 mark from three-point range. She was followed closely by Mariah Byard, who scored 14 points on 5-7 shooting (4-6 from range). Bailes also pulled down a game and career-high nine rebounds in the loss.

Glenville State 109, Seton Hill 79

GLENVILLE – Host Glenville State (20-2, 15-1 WVIAC) rolled over Seton Hill 109-79 Saturday, with Kenyona Simmons leading the way with 23 points.

Ashleigh Fossett added 18 points, Tiffani Huffman 17, Kenyell Goodson 15 and LaToya Hambrick 14 for GSC.

For Seton Hill (12-10, 9-7 WVIAC), Katie Gattuso scored 17 points, followed by Mallory Sanner with 14, Paige Alviani with 13, and Meghan Mastroianni and Kelly Brennan with 12 each.

Baldwin-Wallace 79, Marietta 67

BEREA, Ohio – Despite having one of its best shooting games of the season the Marietta College women’s basketball team dropped a 79-67 decision at Baldwin-Wallace University Saturday.

Marietta (8-15 overall, 3-13 OAC) hit nearly 55 percent of its field goal attempts including 68 percent in the second half. However, the Pioneers couldn’t overcome the Yellow Jackets’ 26 trips to the free line.

Senior Krissy Rowe and junior Tori Dixon each scored 14 points to lead the Pioneers.

MEN

Alabama-Birmingham 75, Marshall 61

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Rod Rucker had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Alabama-Birmingham to a 75-61 victory over Marshall in a Conference USA game on Saturday afternoon.

Preston Purifoy scored 15 points, Jordan Swing had 13, Robert Williams 12, and Fahro Alihodzic contributed eight points and nine rebounds for Blazers (11-13, 3-6), who have won three of the past four after a six-game losing streak.

UAB outrebounded Marshall 37-29. Marshall averaged 39 boards coming in.

DeAndre Kane had 23 points, Elijah Pittman scored 15 and Nigel Spikes grabbed 10 rebounds with six points for the Thundering Herd (10-14, 3-6), who have lost five of six.

Leading 19-17 with 9:16 remaining in the first half, UAB scored 13 of the next 15 points, capped by Robert Williams’ 3-pointer, for a 32-19 advantage at 2:26. UAB led 38-25 at the break, and Marshall never got closer than 10 points in the second half.

Ohio 72, Bowling Green 63

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – Reggie Keely scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Ohio to a 72-63 victory over Bowling Green in a Mid-American Conference game on Saturday afternoon.

T.J. Hall and Walter Offutt contributed 12 points each, and C.J. Cooper had 10 points and eight assists for the Bobcats (17-6, 8-1), who are 13-1 at home.

Ohio is 8-1 in MAC games for the first time since the 1984-85 season and has won nine of its past 10 games.

Marietta 72, Baldwin-Wallace 70

MARIETTA – Jacob Owens was Mr. Clutch – again.

For the second time this season, the 5-foot-9 senior hit a game-winning triple as Marietta College defeated Baldwin-Wallace 72-70 on Senior Day at Ban Johnson Arena on Saturday.

Last month, Owens helped MC defeat host Capital University with a buzzer-beating three.

Marietta improved its record to 17-6 overall and 13-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference while B-W fell to 17-6 and 12-4. The Jon VanderWal-coached Pioneer victory avenged an early-season setback to the Yellow Jackets in Berea.

Glenville State 75, Seton Hill 74

GLENVILLE – Glenville State (11-11, 7-10 WVIAC) nipped visiting Seton Hill 75-74 Saturday, as Jamel Morris scored 23 points for the Pioneers and Lamar Mallory contributed 21 to the win.

For Seton Hill (11-10, 8-9 WVIAC), Malachi Leonard tallied 21 points, David Windsor 17 and Lenjo Kilo 11,

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Glenville State College 67,

Davis & Elkins 53

ELKINS, W.Va. – Glenville State College increased its winning streak to 14 straight games after defeating Davis & Elkins 67-53 on Thursday night.

The Pioneers are ranked 17th in Division II and improved to 20-2 and 15-1 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Senators, who lost their 25th consecutive meeting to GSC, drops to 11-10 and 10-7 in the WVIAC.

GSC trailed by as many as eight points in the first half and fell behind 35-33 in the opening stages of the second half before overtaking Davis & Elkins by as many as 17 points at 65-48 with just under four minutes left in regulation.

Kenyell Goodson led GSC with 15 points after knocking down 5-of-11 from the 3-point range. Teammate Jelena Elez dished out a game-high eight assists.

Alicia Lent paced Davis & Elkins with 12 points, while Page Turner pitched in 11 points.

UCF 64, Marshall 52

ORLANDO, Fla. – Marshall women’s basketball fell in a nationally televised game to UCF on Thursday evening, 64-52, in the UCF Arena.

The Herd dropped to 7-14 (1-7 C-USA) with the loss, while UCF improved to 8-14 (2-6 C-USA). The loss marks the seventh defeat in a row for Marshall women’s basketball when being showcased on television.

Erica Woods had a career night, totaling 20 points and surpassing her former career-high of 16. She tied a season-high in rebounds with eight, while also tying a season-high in steals with four.

Woods’ 20 points is the highest tally of any player for the 2012-13 season. The St. George, Bermuda native went 7-for-10 from the field and was efficient from the free throw line, going 5-for-6 from the stripe.

Suporia Dickens also set a career-high with 15 points, going 5-for-12 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free throw line. She added five rebounds and three steals.

The Herd defense finished with 12 steals and five blocks and was able to force UCF to commit 18 turnovers. On the other hand, Marshall recorded 25 turnovers and UCF earned 17 steals against the Herd.

Ohio State 65,

Wisconson 59, 2OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State worked two overtimes to defeat Wisconsin, 65-59, Thursday at Value City Arena. But it took a little magic at the end of regulation for the Buckeyes to pull out the victory.

Trailing by four points with 11 seconds left, Tayler Hill was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1.5 seconds left. After making the first two, Hill intentionally missed the third free throw as Amber Stokes tipped the ball under the basket to Ameryst Alston who quickly flipped the ball over her shoulder and through the net as time expired. It was Alston’s first basket of the game.

But that was only just the beginning of the drama. With 1:32 left in the first overtime and down two, Stokes drove baseline and converted a layup to tie the game for the 14th time. After a Wisconsin miss on its next possession, Hill had a chance to win the game but missed a layup, which forced another overtime session.

This time Ohio State (13-10, 3-7) eliminated the drama early, outscoring the Badgers 7-1 in the second overtime to win its second in a row and keep its postseason hopes alive.

Ashley Adams led Ohio State with 16 points and nine rebounds while Hill and Stokes each added 15. Aleksandra Dobranic also hit key shots for the Buckeyes in critical moments and finished with nine.

Men

Davis & Elkins 74,

Glenville State College 70

ELKINS, W.Va. – Despite trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, Glenville State College made it difficult for Davis & Elkins to finally put the clinching blows on Thursday’s 74-70 victory.

Davis & Elkins (7-14, 6-11 WVIAC) led by as many as 14 points in the first half and maintained a double-digit margin at 66-54 with just under 11 minutes left in the second half.

GSC chipped away at the deficit and closed to within two at 66-64 on a three-point play from Lamar Mallory with 4:20 showing on the clock. The Pioneers, however could pull no closer and slipped to 10-11 and 6-10 in the WVIAC.

JJ Vazquez led GSC with 19 points, while Shane Brown of Davis & Elkins scored a game-high 23 points.

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Ohio 69, Ball State 42

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) – Walter Offutt scored 17 points, T.J. Hall added 10 and Ohio rode a dominant first half to a 69-42 victory at Ball State on Wednesday night.

Offutt was 6 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, for the Bobcats (16-6, 7-1 Mid-American), who never trailed, led 34-14 at halftime and stretched their advantage to as many as 29 points in the second half.

Jauwan Scaife scored 18 points for the Cardinals (8-13, 2-7), but no other Ball State player had more than six points. Majok Majok, the MAC’s rebounding leader at 10.4 per game entering play, had nine rebounds but scored just four points. The Cardinals shot just 26.5 percent from the field and now has lost three straight and seven of eight.

The victory was just Ohio’s sixth in 24 games against Ball State in Muncie.

Tulane 91, Marshall 75

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Josh Davis recorded his 12th double-double of the season as Tulane snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Marshall 91-75 Wednesday night in a Conference USA contest.

Davis had 23 points and 12 rebounds and was supported by 19 points from Ricky Tarrant and 16 from Kendall Timmons – that duo combined to make 15 free throws in 25 attempts, with Tarrant adding nine assists for the Green Wave (15-8, 3-5).

Jordan Callahan added 12 points on 4-of-4 3-point shooting, and now has 186 3-pointers for his career, seven shy of Jerald Honeycutt for the program record.

Marshall (10-13, 3-5) dropped to 0-8 on the road this season.

DeAndre Kane had a double-double for the Thundering Herd with 14 points and 11 assists – he entered sixth in the NCAA with 7.2 assists per game. Dennis Tinnon added 13 points and 12 rebounds while Elijah Pittman had 23 points.

WOMEN

Marietta College 54, Capital 53

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Heather Booth hit a pair of free throws and a jumper in the final 1:24 of play to give Marietta College a 54-53 win over Capital University in Ohio Athletic Conference women’s basketball action Wednesday evening. The win snapped a 50-game losing streak against the Crusaders that dates back to the 1988-89 season.

MC (8-14 overall, 3-12 OAC) took advantage of Capital’s cold shooting in the second half. The Crusaders were 11 of 33 from the floor after halftime while while the Pioneers hit 13 of 25.

The game was close the entire 40 minutes as there were 12 ties and 18 lead changes. Neither team led by more than six points. Capital held a slim 24-20 lead at halftime.

Booth led the Pioneers with 16 points. Sophomore Candice Alexander tallied a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Junior Tori Dixon chipped in with 12 points and senior Krissy Rowe added nine points.

Stacy Timmerman finished with a game-high 20 points for the Crusaders.

Northern Illinois 73, Ohio 52

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University women’s basketball team fell to a hot-shooting Northern Illinois squad on Wednesday in The Convocation Center, losing 73-52 to end its two-game homestand.

Amanda Corral of NIU scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting to be one of four Huskies to score in double figures. Ashley Sneed (13 points), Natecia Augusta (12), and Alexis Lindstrom (11) also had strong games offensively. The Huskies shot an impressive 29-of-49 (59.2 percent) throughout the game including a blistering 8-for-12 (66.7 percent) from beyond the arc.

Ohio connected on 20 of 52 field goals to shoot 38.5 percent on the evening. The Bobcats hit 7 of 17 (41.2 percent) of their three-point attempts. Symone Lyles scored a team and career-high 13 points while junior guard Erin Bailes joined her in double figures by chipping in 10 points.

NIU outrebounded Ohio by a 40-17 margin and scored 40 points in the paint on Wednesday. Ohio was able to force the Huskies into 18 turnovers, scoring 21 points from those miscues.

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Marshall 75,

Central Florida 71

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Elijah Pittman led four starters in double figures with 20 points and Nigel Spikes scored 10 of his 11 points in the second half of Marshall’s 75-71 win over Central Florida on Saturday.

D.D. Scarver, the only Conference USA player to make at least one 3-pointer in every game, added 16 points for Marshall (10-12, 3-4) and Dennis Tinnon had 13. DeAndre Kane dished out 12 assists for Marshall, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Spikes, who had just one point in the first half, broke a 55-all tie with four straight free throws with just over 6 minutes remaining. The center sandwiched two layups around two Scarver free throws to put Marshall up for good, 68-64, with 1:16 left to play.

Keith Clanton had 24 points and nine rebounds for UCF (15-6, 5-2) but had six of the Knights’ 12 turnovers. UCF had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Akron 86, Ohio 72

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Alex Abreu had 21 points and nine assists to lead Akron past Ohio 86-72 Saturday night in a meeting of the Mid-American Conference’s two unbeaten teams.

The Zips (17-4, 8-0), the defending MAC regular-season champion, won their 13th consecutive game, the longest streak in Division I after Kansas lost Saturday to Oklahoma State.

Zeke Marshall and Demetrius Treadwell contributed double-doubles for Akron. Marshall had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Treadwell 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bobcats (15-6, 6-1), who had won seven straight, beat Akron in their last meeting, last season’s MAC tournament final.

Abreu’s 10 points in the final 10 minutes before halftime helped the Zips outscore the Bobcats 31-13 after trailing 23-10.

Nick Kellogg scored 15 points for Ohio and D.J. Cooper had 14 points and six assists. Cooper passed Grayson Marshall (Clemson, 1984-88) for 19th on the all-time Division I assists list and now has 861.

Marietta College 92,

Heidelberg 89

MARIETTA – Visiting Heidelberg gave Marietta more than expected Saturday afternoon but the Pioneers managed to rally from a 39-27 halftime deficit to pull out a 92-89 Ohio Athletic Conference win.

The Pioneers (16-5 overall, 12-2 OAC) displayed a balanced attack led by four double-digit scorers in Tyler Worstell with 22, Garrett Stephenson (20), JJ Martin (18) and Tyler hammond 17.

Heidelberg (9-12, 4-10) got a game-high 26 points from Mike Petrie while Ishaam Smith Jr. added 18, Nate Davis 15 and Dane Givener 12.

Marietta will entertain Capital on Wednesday.

Charleston 96,

Ohio Valley 69

VIENNA – Charleston’s Quincy Washington scored 32 points and teammate Evan Faulkner chipped in 27 as the visiting Golden Eagles downed Ohio Valley, 96-69, on Saturday afternoon at the Snyder Activity Center.

Washington and Faulkner both scored 13 points in the first half as UC took a 40-34 halftime lead. That lead quickly grew in the second half as Charleston went on an 18-6 run to got up by 20 with 14:37 left in the game.

Both Washington and Faulkner were big reasons why UC pulled away from the Fighting Scots as they scored 19 and 14 points respectively in the second-half to put the game out of reach for the home team.

OVU was outshot 47 to 39 percent including hitting just 32 percent in the firsthalf.

Leading the way for the Fighting Scots was Ashton Brown who scored 17 points and dished out seven assists.

Next up for Ohio Valley is a trip to No. 3 West Liberty (17-1) on Monday night.

Women

Charleston 89,

Ohio Valley 77

VIENNA -Kaley Parsley scored 22 points for the host Fighting Scots (1-18, 1-14 WVIAC) but it proved not to be enough as the University of Charleston (11-8, 8-7 WVIAC) took down their hosts, 89-77, Saturday afternoon at the Snyder Activity Center.

The Golden Eagles took a 47-38 lead into halftime courtesy of Jessi Cowden’s 13 point first-half effort. Cowden scored 26 points for the game and pulled down 11 boards to record the only double-double of the contest. The Scots narrowed the margin to seven points with 9:40 left in the game but that was as close as they would get as Charleston pulled away down the stretch.

The Fighting Scots outshot their hosts 48 to 41 percent but were outrebounded 46 to 36.

OVU travels to West Liberty on Monday.

Marietta 69,

Heidelberg 64

MARIETTA -Two teams with just one league win apiece met Saturday afternoon at Marietta College and once the dust had settled, the Pioneers had recorded Ohio Athletic Conference win No. 2, holding off visiting Heidelberg, 69-64.

Marietta (7-14, 2-12), led 35-24 at halftime before Heidelberg closed the gap and made it exciting down the stretch.

Leading the way for the Pioneers was Tori Dixon with 21 points, including five 3-point field goals. Candice Alexander added 15 points and 10 rebounds to record a double-double. Krissy Rowe also hit double figures with a 10-point effort. She also dished out a game-high seven assists.

Heidelberg (5-16, 1-13) got 21 points from Kathleen Phillips, 16 from Megan Miller and 13 from Paige Ricketts.

Marietta returns to action on Wednesday, when the Pioneers visit Capital.