Area College Basketball
West Virginia 88,
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s Eron Harris led four Mountaineers in double figures as WVU took out Presbyterian 88-55 here Saturday afternoon.
Harris led all scorers with 19 points, while teammates Juwan Staten (16), Remi Dibo (14) and Devin Williams (11) all provided firepower. Williams, a true freshman center, picked up his second double-double for West Virginia (4-1). He pulled down a game-leading 11 rebounds.
Jordan Downing (19) was the only double-figures scorer for the Blue Hose (1-4), who have yet to beat an NCAA Division I school thus far.
The game is part of the Cancun Classic, which moves to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Tuesday. The Mountaineers will play Old Dominion at that juncture and then meet either Wisconsin or Saint Louis on Thursday.
It will be WVU’s first foray outside of the United States, other than an event in Puerto Rico.
Presbyterian will play Bowling Green on Tuesday.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Elijah Pittman scored a career-high 35 points as Marshall cruised to a 96-78 win over UNC-Wilmington on Saturday.
Marshall (3-2) jumped to a 48-29 halftime lead, as Pittman scored 22 first-half points. UNC-Wilmington (3-4) kept the game close early, tying the score at 14 on Addison Spruill’s jumper. But Pittman hit two 3-pointers over the next three possessions and the Thundering Herd began to pull away. Marshall took a double-digit lead on Chris Thomas’ layup with 3:06 left that held for the rest of the game.
Marshall shot 59 percent (36 of 61) from the field and made 11 of 19 3-pointers, led by Pittman with a career-high eight. Kareem Canty scored 19 points and dished out 10 assists. Thomas had 15 points and Ryan Taylor scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Thundering Herd.
Spruill led the Seahawks with 19 points. Cedrick Williams added 18.
Ohio 85, Heidelberg 57
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – Nick Kellogg made 4 of 6 3-pointers and scored 18 points, to lead Ohio to an 85-57 win over Heidelberg Saturday.
Jon Smith contributed 17 points and pulled down 8 rebounds as Ohio (4-1) struggled in the early going but took control in the second half. Maurice Ndour had 11 rebounds for the Bobcats.
Heidelberg (1-2) had a 24-22 advantage with 6:54 remaining in the first quarter. Kellogg made two free throws to tie the score and made a three-point jump shot the next trip down the court to put the Bobcats out front 27-24. They built that to a 38-29 halftime advantage.
Keith Mackie hit a 3-pointer early in the second period to pull Heidelberg to within three 38-35. Mackie hit another 3-pointer with 16:08 remaining to close the gap to 43-40. A Smith dunk stretched it back to five. The Bobcats gradually extended the lead from that point.
Ohio Valley 94,
Oakland City 88
VIENNA – Kendall Wittmer came off the bench here Saturday at the Snyder Activity Center and scored a game-high 29 points for visiting Oakland City University, but it wasn’t enough as Ohio Valley University held on for a 94-88 triumph.
OVU (1-5) was led by a pair of double-double efforts thanks to Sequan Lawrence’s 27 points and 13 rebounds as well as Arturs Vitins’ 18 markers and dozen caroms. Povilas Dambrauskas chipped in 12 points, six assists and two blocks while Fighting Scot Austin Parker scored 11.
Ryan Helfert filled up the OCU (3-2) stat sheet with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, five steals and a trio of blocked shots.
Glenville State 78
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Warren High School product Austin Cunningham went off for 27 points while teammate Brantly Osborne (25) and Naim Muhammad (20) had big scoring efforts as well during Shepherd’s 98-78 blowout win of visiting Glenville State.
Lamar Mallory finished with 21 points and eight boards for the now 2-1 Pioneers, who also got double figure scoring efforts from Reggie Williams (15), Lamont Cole (11) and Brien Winston (10).
Ohio Valley 94,
Oakland City 74
VIENNA – Ohio Valley University shot better than 53 percent from the field in the second half and ran past visiting Oakland City University here Saturday afternoon at the Snyder Activity Center during a 94-74 triumph.
Oakland City, which trailed just 41-38 at intermission, dropped to 0-6 and was led in scoring by Brooke Jackson (14) and Chelsea Jones (13).
OVU’s Saira House led all scorers with 20 points. The Fighting Scots (2-4) also received 11 points from Ndeye Meissa Diop and a game-high 13 boards from Kayla Parsley. Ohio Valley got solid bench production thanks to Imani Ward’s 18 points and nine rebounds along with Amy Brooks’ dozen counters.
Glenville State 130, Shepherd 77
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Ashleigh Fossett pumped in 24 points and Kenyell Goodson bucketed 19 more as seven Glenville State players cracked double figures in an easy 130-77 road win at Shepherd.
Tasia Bristow and Tiffani Huffman tallied 17 points apiece for the Pioneers, who forced 45 Shepherd turnovers and turned them into 65 points. Kenyona Simmons (13), Keyanna Tate (12) and Paige Tuttle (10) also finished in double figures. Jessica Parsons had 10 assists in the victory.
Gabby Flinchum had 25 points and 12 boards in the setback.
PITTSBURGH – Mackenzie Kiser scored a game-high 16 points for visiting Marietta College as the Pioneers rolled past Chatham University, 93-61.
The Pioneers (3-1) received 12 markers from Candice Alexander, 10 each from Paige Lamp and Tori Dixon, while Morgan Liedtke chipped in eight counters.
Rachel McClain tallied a team-high 15 points for Chatham (1-3).
Ohio University 60, Eastern Kentucky 52
RICHMOND, Ky. – The Ohio University women’s basketball team (3-1) jumped out to a 10-point halftime lead and held on to edge Eastern Kentucky University (3-3), 60-52, on Saturday at McBrayer Arena.
Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points.
Kat Yelle had career-high 11 points and former North Marion all-state Mariah Byard chipped in nine points and six rebounds for the Bobcats
Area College Basketball
West Florida 82, Ohio Valley 58
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Jaymie Druding had a game-high 14 points to lead five double-digit scorers as host West Florida trumped Ohio Valley University, 82-58.
The two teams combined to miss 27 of 29 attempts from 3-point land.
Ghameerah McCullers (13), Saira House (11) and Angelique Green (10) paced the Fighting Scots (1-2) in scoring while Kayla Parsley chipped in eight points and grabbed a game-high dozen boards.
No. 10 Ohio State, 52, No. 17 Marquette 35
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Shannon Scott scored 13 points and sparked a decisive second-half run, and No. 10 Ohio State pulled away over cold-shooting No. 17 Marquette for a 52-35 win Saturday.
Sam Thompson also scored 13, while Aaron Craft added 10 for the Buckeyes (3-0), who ended the Golden Eagles’ 27-game home winning streak, second-longest in the nation.
Ohio State slowly took control with a 12-4 run to open the second half, which included six points from Scott. The 6-foot-1 guard found gaps in Marquette’s interior defense, then extended the lead to 44-28 with 6:31 left on a layup on the break.
Todd Mayo led Marquette (2-1) with 11 points. It was the school’s first loss at the Bradley Center since Vanderbilt beat the Golden Eagles 74-57 on Dec. 29, 2011.
Only South Dakota State (30) had a longer winning streak in the country entering Saturday.
It certainly didn’t help that the Golden Eagles had 20 turnovers and shot just 10 of 53 (19 percent) for the afternoon, including 4 of 24 (17 percent) in the second half.
Scott and Craft had all the fun on Marquette’s home floor.
Tied at 19 at halftime, the game opened up with Ohio State finally finding room inside to maneuver.
Center Amir Williams started the spurt by muscling out Chris Otule in the post for a basket. Then Williams sealed off Otule in the lane to allow Scott to go in for an uncontested layup.
After forcing a steal of Jake Thomas, Scott sped down the court and drew a foul on a stutter-step jumper. Lenzelle Smith Jr. lowered his head driving the baseline and flipped up a tough shot around Marquette’s big men for a 31-23 lead with 16:21 left.
Coach Buzz Williams called a timeout that briefly settled his team before the Buckeyes pulled away again.
Ohio State had just three turnovers in the second half to 10 for the Golden Eagles, who are breaking in a new backcourt with last year’s starting trio of Vander Blue, Junior Cadougan and Trent Lockett all gone.
Whatever the reason, Ohio State found its rhythm on the fastbreak, with a 16-0 edge, including 12-0 in the second half.
The bruising first half featured tussles under the bucket, plenty of rebounds and lots of missed shots. The teams combined to shoot 13 of 55 in a half that ended in a 19-all tie on Buckeye forward Marc Loving’s 3 from the corner with 7 seconds left.
The Golden Eagles had briefly taken control with an 8-0 midway for an 18-14 lead with 4:47 left through the half by making tough shots in the lane, mainly with Ohio State center Amir Williams on the bench.
The 6-foot-11 Williams was otherwise a big problem for Marquette with five blocks, four in the first half.
The run also came after a timeout during which typically energetic Williams took off his jacket, exposing a light dress shirt already soaked with sweat.
Marquette managed to outrebound Ohio State 50-34. Steve Taylor Jr. collected nine boards but didn’t score, while Davante Gardner had 10 points and six rebounds.
The teams were scheduled to meet last year in the Carrier Classic in Charleston, S.C. aboard the USS Yorktown, but the game was called off because weather conditions caused the court to become too slippery.