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Ohio State 63, American University 52

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Amir Williams scored a career-high 16 points and Shannon Scott added 13 to lead No. 8 Ohio State to a 63-52 victory over American University on Wednesday night.

The Buckeyes (4-0) struggled all night to make shots, finishing 20 of 56 from the field for 36 percent.

Scott tied a career best with nine rebounds.

Jesse Reed scored 15 points, Tony Wroblicky had 14 and Darius Gardner 10 for the Eagles (1-2).

The Buckeyes were coming off an impressive 52-35 win over No. 17 Marquette in Milwaukee on Saturday. The 35 points were the fewest the Buckeyes have ever allowed against a ranked opponent.

Up by five points at the break Wednesday despite having difficulty making shots, the Buckeyes stepped it up in the second half. Scott got things going with a steal and a layup in the opening seconds.

Then Scott came off a pick by Williams and tossed an alley-oop pass back to Williams for a dunk to start a 5-0 run that pushed the lead to 10 points for the first time. Lenzelle Smith Jr., starting his 79th consecutive game, hit a foul shot before Williams made a left-handed hook for a 37-27 advantage.

The Eagles got it down to six points but Williams scored and then missed the accompanying free throw, and Craft popped in the follow.

The loudest roar of the night might have taken place when Scott stole the ball and then fed Sam Thompson for a high-flying dunk at the 12:51 mark.

But not until Smith hit a 3 with 3:22 left was it clear the Buckeyes were in command. That was part of a 9-0 run that pushed the lead to 16.

Ohio State improved to 19-3 against teams from the Patriot League.

American had played two games with almost identical scores, losing its opener at George Mason 63-60, then winning its home opener against Maryland-Baltimore County, 63-61, in overtime. The latter was first-year head coach Mike Brennan’s first win.

Reed only had two points against UMBC – after scoring 15 in the opener – but they came at a perfect time. He hit a game-winning layup with 1 second left in the extra session for the win.

Ohio State led at the half 28-23 despite a miserable offensive performance.

The Buckeyes had nine turnovers and shot just 26 percent from the field. That was almost a duplicate of their last game, where they shot 26.9 percent in the opening half while fighting to a 19-19 tie against Marquette.

The Eagles led much of the opening half, going up as much as 14-10 at the midpoint.

Their last lead was 20-17 on a shot inside by John Schoof at the 6:29 mark, with the Buckeyes closing the half by scoring 11 of the final 14.

Williams tipped in a Marc Loving miss and moments later Scott hit two free throws. After a media timeout, Williams flipped in a hook and Ross hit the front end of a two-shot foul.

Craft, who missed on his first five shots from the field, finally hit a layup late in the half.

After Gardner ended Ohio State’s 9-0 run with a three-point play, Craft took an inbounds pass and dribbled the length of the court, flipping in a spinning left-handed layup that fell through the hoop while he was sitting on the floor on the baseline after contact.

Just 7 of 27 from the field, the Buckeyes were saved by their free-throw shooting; they were 12 of 14 at the line to American’s 1 for 1.

It was the fifth meeting between the teams. Ohio State has swept all five.

Longtime Big Ten referee Ed Hightower received a nice standing ovation when it was announced late in the game that he was working his final game.

Marietta College 78, Waynesburg 65

WAYNESBURG, Pa. The Marietta College men’s basketball team went on the road for the first time this season and came away with a 78-65 win over Waynesburg University Wednesday evening. The Pioneers remain unbeaten at 3-0 overall, while the Yellow Jackets move to 2-1 on the season.

The teams traded leads in the early going until sophomore RaNeal Ewing put the Pioneers in front for good on a layup with 14:18 left in the first half. Marietta went up by as many as 10 points, 29-19, in the opening period but Waynesburg battled back.

A.J. Davis got an offensive rebound and laid the ball in for a 31-26 Pioneer lead at halftime. Marietta shot an uncharacteristic 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from three-point range in the half but forced nine Yellow Jacket turnovers to hold on to the lead.

Marietta came out of the locker room and quickly pushed the lead to 11 points, 42-31, with 17:51 left in the game. A pair of Ewing free throws at the 11:34 mark made it a 10-point game, 52-42.

Waynesburg refused to go away quietly and went on a 10-2 run closing to within two points, 54-52, with 8:41 remaining. The Pioneers gradually pushed the lead back to double digits, 67-57, with just over two minutes left on the clock.

Solid free throw shooting from the Pioneers down the stretch kept the Yellow Jackets from mounting a comeback. Marietta was 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) at the line in the second half.

Davis and Ewing each poured in 19 points to lead Marietta’s offensive attack. Davis was 7-of-12 from the floor, including three treys, and grabbed eight rebounds, while Ewing hit 10-of-11 free throws.

Junior Brennan McKean nailed three from long range and finished with 16 points. Junior Garrett Stephenson added nine points in the post to go along with seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.

Marietta’s senior playmaker Tyler Hammond dished out six assists and pulled down seven rebounds.

Waynesburg juniors Kenny Klase and Jacob Fleegle scored 15 and 12 points, respectively. Classmate Jason Propst had 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Marietta out rebounded the Yellow Jackets 42-37. The Pioneers also forced 16 Waynesburg turnovers, while committing 14.

Marietta shot 24-of-63 (38.1percent) from the floor, 8-of-25 from three-point range and 22-of-31 (76.9 percent) at the charity stripe. Waynesburg was 26-of-62 (41.9%) from the floor, 6-of-20 (30.0 percent) behind the arc and just 7-of-15 at the line.

Marietta stays on the road and travels to Denison University Saturdayfor a 3 p.m. contest.

Ohio 65,

Morgan State 62

BALTIMORE -The Ohio University men’s basketball team (3-1) overcame a late second half deficit to grind out a 65-62 victory over Morgan State (0-4) Wednesday evening at Hill Field House.

The Bobcats trailed for most of the contest and were behind by four points (56-52) with eight minutes to go. But Ohio rallied to take a 60-58 lead with three minutes to play and broke a 60-60 tie on a three-point play from junior guard Stevie Taylor with two seconds remaining. The game-clinching bucket sent Ohio home with its first road victory of the season.

After shooting just 34.6 percent (9-26) in the first half, Ohio put together a much-improved 52.2 percent clip (12-23) in the second half to surge ahead for the win. The Bobcats held Morgan State to a 37.3 percent (22-59) mark from the floor and a 23.5 percent clip (4-17) from 3-point territory.

Ohio has now held all four opponents under 30 percent shooting from beyond the arc this season.

Junior forward Maurice Ndour led the Bobcats with 13 points and eight rebounds, including two big buckets down the stretch to help Ohio take the lead. Fellow junior Javarez Willis put together his best game in a Bobcat uniform, with 11 points off the bench on 4-of-6 shooting.

Taylor added nine points in 23 minutes of action, while senior forward Jon Smith posted all nine of his points in the second half to go along with a team-high three blocks on the night.

Morgan State posted nine of the first 13 points of the contest, before Ohio answered with an 8-1 run to take a 12-10 lead with 9:24 to go in the first half. From there, Morgan State put together an 11-1 surge to build an eight point lead (21-13), and Ohio played catch up for much of the final minutes of the stanza.

Washington Adventist 96, OVU 84

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – Washington Adventist outscored visiting Ohio Valley University by a 12-point margin, 48-36, in the first hslf before the two teams battled to a 48-all tie in the second half, letting the hosts post a 96-84 men’s basketball victory Wednesday night.

The loss kept OVU, now 0-5, winless on the season, while Washington improved to 4-1.

The Fighting Scots were paced Jerry Macon Jr. with 26 points, followed by Sequan Lawrence with 19, Arturs Vitins with 12 and David Sinickas with 10.

For Washington, Elliot Meredith led with 19 points, while Lee Manley III and Jawuan Lockhart esch added 17.

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Slippery Rock 91, Ohio Valley 77

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Maurice Lewis-Briggs posted a double-double with game-highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds to help lead host Slippery Rock to a 91-77 victory here Thursday night inside Morrow Field House against visiting Ohio Valley.

OVU, which dropped to 0-4, was led by 20 bench points from David Sinickas. Sequan Lawrence had a double-double in the loss with 18 points and 11 boards. Jerry Macon Jr. (13) and Arturs Vitins (12) also cracked double figures in scoring for the Fighting Scots.

The Rock (2-1) led 40-33 at intermission and also received double figure scoring efforts from Tabari Perry with 19, Sa’Quan Davis with a dozen along with 11 from Kelvin Dixon and 10 by Antonio Butler.


Ohio State 83, VCU 71

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Darryce Moore scored a career-high 20 points on 9 of 9 shooting and notched her second consecutive double-double with 10 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 83-71 win over visiting VCU Thursday night.

The win improves Ohio State to 3-0 on the season while VCU falls to 1-1.

Ashley Adams also added 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Buckeyes, who used their height advantage to outscore the Rams 48-20 in the paint. The Rams tried to counter from the outside, hoisting 45 3-pointers and connecting on 11 of those.

The Buckeyes led 40-26 at the half and led by as much as 19 with 6:53 left in the game after a three-point play by Amy Scullion. But VCU made one last charge, going on an 18-4 run over the next 5 minutes, capped off by a 3-pointer by Jessica Pellechio to cut the lead to 76-71 with 1:59 left.

Alston, the Big Ten’s leading scorer coming into the game, scored 14 points while Scullion played a career-high 33 minutes and recorded nine points, eight rebounds and two assists. Craft finished with nine points and four rebounds, Martina Ellerbe six points and Maleeka Kynard, who sat out the first two game with an ankle injury, scored five points and added two assists and two steals.

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West Virginia 77,

Mount St. Mary’s 62

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Juwan Staten scored a career-high 20 points as West Virginia slugged Mount St. Mary’s 77-62 in the opener for both teams.

Staten connected on 7-of-10 shots and 8-of-10 free throws to best his previous career total of 18 against Virginia Military Institute on Nov. 28, 2012. Eron Harris had 19, Nathan Adrian 11 and Brandon Watkins added 10.

Shooting is a point of emphasis for coach Bob Huggins’ team this season after it shot about 41 percent last year, and, at least for one night, it showed.

The Mountaineers’ overall shooting percentage against Mount St. Mary’s was 56 percent (28 of 50). To put that in perspective, the best shooting night for the WVU Mountaineers last season was 56.5 (26 of 46) against Texas Tech on Feb. 2, 2013.

It was Huggins’ 724th all-time win. Huggins is the third winningest active head coach behind Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim.

Marshall 85, SC State 69

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Elijah Pittman scored 31 points and Ryan Taylor grabbed 10 rebounds Friday night to lift Marshall over South Carolina State 85-69 in the season opener for both teams.

Pittman hit one of his five 3-pointers at the 8:28 mark of the first half to give Marshall a 23-21 lead and the Thundering Herd never trailed again, forcing 18 turnovers that produced 23 points. Taylor added 17 points for Marshall and Kareem Canty added 15 and five assists.

Matthew Hezekia led the Bulldogs with 19 points and was their only player in double figures.

South Carolina State kept the game close well into the first half but got worn down by turnovers and a Marshall defense that made 12 steals and eight blocked shots. The Bulldogs also committed 29 fouls that resulted in 26 points from the line for Marshall.

Daemen 111,

Ohio Valley 90

AMHERST, N.Y. -Ohio Valley University’s men’s basketball team fell behind host Daemen College 57-37 at halftime here Friday night and never was able to catch up as the Fighting Scots lost their season opener, 111-90.

OVU (0-1) got 28 points from Sequan Lawrence and 15 from Jerry Macon Jr. while Arturs Vtins added 11 for the Fighting Scots, who will entertain arch-rival Glenville State at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the first home game of the season at the Snyder Activity Center.

Daemen (1-0) was led by Casey Sheehan with 16 points and Jordan Greene with and Gerald Beverly with 20 points apiece.


Ohio State 70,

West Virginia 61

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sophomore Ameryst Alston scored a career-high 29 points to lead Ohio State to a 70-61 road win at West Virginia Friday night, giving new head coach Kevin McGuff his first win as Buckeye in his very first game.

Playing with only eight healthy players, Alston put the team on her back and hit one clutch shot after the next. She was 10 of 22 from the field with one 3-pointer and recorded six assists, five rebounds and three steals and was 8 of 10 from the free throw line.

Ohio State led 59-47 with 9:42 left in the game before West Virginia mounted a charge. The Mountaineers would reel off an 11-3 run that cut Ohio State’s lead to four, 62-58, with 4:23 to go with Ashley Adams fouling out of the game in the process. But the Buckeyes regrouped and scored the next eight points, highlighted by a Cait Craft 3-point play to put Ohio State back out in front by 12, 70-58, with 3:08 left. The Buckeyes only allowed one field goal over the final 4:23 to help seal the victory.

The game featured six ties and eight lead changes. However, Ohio State led for nearly the entire second half as the Buckeyes’ zone defense gave the Mountaineers fits all game, forcing 16 turnovers.

Marshall 63,

Bluefield College 41

HUNTINGTON -Marshall University shrugged off a sluggish first half here Friday night in its season debut and went on to post a 63-41 win over Bluefield College.

The Thundering Herd led just 24-23 at halftime before outscoring its in-state guests 39-18 over the final 20 minutes.

Leah Scott led the Thundering Herd with 19 points while Suporia Dickens added 10.

Bluefield was led by Asia Wheeler with 15 points.

Virginia-Wise 62,

Ohio Valley University 52

VIENNA -Visiting Virginia-Wise rallied from a 31-25 halftime deficit on Friday night at the Snyder Activity Center to down Ohio Valley University in the season opener for both teams, 62-52.

The Fighting Scots held a 31-25 advantage at intermission but were outscored 37-21 over the final 20 minutes of the game.

Shelby Way was Ohio Valley’s only double-digit scorer with 14 points as she hit 12 of 13 free throws but made just 1 of 11 field goal attempts. Angelique Green and Kayla Parsley each had 9 points for OVU.

Virginia-Wise placed four players in double figures with Taylor Sandige tallying a game-high 17 points, Makenzie Cliesman added 15, Kayla Carey 11 and Katie Jo Lester 10.

OVU outgoaled its guests 18-15, but the Fighting Scots were just 1 for 33 from the 3-point line and watched Virginia Wise shoot 41 free throws to just 21 for the home team.

OVU returns to action today as it will entertain Penn State University-Beaver at 6 p.m. today.

Glenville State 117,

Virginia Union 88

GLENVILLE -Glenville State’s women’s basketball team -making its debut under first-year head coach Charles Marshall -took up where it left off, displaying a fast-paced offense in a 117-88 win over Virginia Union Friday night at the Jesse R. Lilly Gymnasium.

The Pioneers connected on 17 of 50 3-point goals in the win. GSC was led by Tiffani Huffman with 25 points while Kenyona Siimmons added 18, Tasia Bistow 14, Keyanna Tate and Kenyell Goodson 13 each and Brianna nix 11.

Virginia Union (0-1) was led by ShaHadah Barret with 19 points and Carla Cowherd with 18.

The Pioneers return to action tonight, hosting Kutztown at 7:30 p.m.