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No. 3 Ohio State 79, North Dakota State 62

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each scored 18 points to lead No. 3 Ohio State past North Dakota State 79-62 on Saturday night.

Freshman Mark Loving had a career-high 12 points, and Sam Thompson also had 12. Aaron Craft added six points and seven assists for the Buckeyes, who shot 53 percent from the field.

The game was part of the BlackRock Gotham Classic.

Taylor Braun led the Bison (7-4) with 21 points, while Marshall Bjorklund had 12 and Lawrence Alexander 10. NDSU shot 42 percent from the field and was outrebounded 36-26.

Ohio 72,

Alabama A&M 47

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – Maurice Ndour scored 12 points and blocked four shots to pace Ohio over Alabama A&M 72-47 on Saturday.

Ndour was joined in double figures for Ohio (7-2) by T.J. Hall and Javarez Willis with 12 points apiece.

Alabama A&M (3-5) was led by Demarquelle Tabb and Jeremy Crutcher, both with 11 points. A&M shot just 27.8 percent from the floor.

Ohio held a 16-14 lead at 8:32 of the first half when the Bobcats went on a 14-0 run, highlighted by a pair of dunks on consecutive possessions by Jon Smith and Hall – the second of which came as a result of an Ndour block. Ohio held a 15-point lead, 37-22, at the intermission.

The Bobcats stretched that lead to 21 at 13:58 of the second half on a Ricardo Johnson 3-pointer, and Alabama A&M couldn’t put a run together to pull any closer.

Marietta College 82,

Heidelberg 80

TIFFIN, Ohio – Deonte Holder’s game-high 24 points weren’t enough here Saturday afternoon as Heidelberg University’s comeback came up short during an 82-80 setback to Marietta College in Ohio Athletic Conference play.

The two teams traded eight-point leads in the first half, but the Pioneers (6-1, 2-0) led 39-29 just 51 ticks into the second half thanks to an Andy Dollman 3-pointer. HU (3-4, 0-2) had a chance to send the game into overtime, but a last second shot was off the mark.

Garrett Stephenson led the Pioneers attack with 18 points while Dollman and Luis Garcia contributed 13 markers apiece. Dollman also had five assists.

The hosts also got solid production from Mike Petrie (12 points, six assists), Keith Mackie (11 points, eight assists) and Cole Williams, who had 11 markers.

Bellarmine 106,

Ohio Valley 72

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jake Thelen tallied 15 of his game-high 17 points in the first half as host Bellarmine University drubbed Ohio Valley University, 106-72, during Saturday night’s Holiday Inn Southwest Classic.

Thelen, who grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double, helped BU (6-0) roll to a 53-37 halftime cushion.

Ohio Valley (1-9) was paced by Jerry Macon Jr. with 16 points while Robert Smelser had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.

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West Virginia 82,

Marshall 51

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia women’s basketball team recorded its ninth consecutive win against Marshall in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic with an 82-51 victory, Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center.

Taylor Palmer 3-pointer on the Mountaineers’ opening possession set the tone in a game WVU never trailed. WVU (8-1) used six 3-pointers in the opening half, behind Palmer and senior guard Brooke Hampton’s two each. Palmer led all players into the break with 10 points, helping WVU to a 44-22 halftime lead.

“For the first eight minutes, we came out and played extremely hard defensively,” coach Mike Carey said. “That’s what we do we play hard defense and then we get our offense going. Our defense dictates everything and gets us moving. After that, we hit some threes. I thought they were sagging on Asya Bussie. She moved well inside, and that’s a good sign.”

The Thundering Herd (3-5) improved their shooting from the field after halftime, but could not overcome the early deficit, as WVU led by as many as 32 (68-36) with 9:39 remaining.

The Mountaineers had three players record 16 points each, including the MVP of the game, the senior center Bussie. Bussie had 10 of her 16 in the second half and also added five rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks to her stat line in 28 minutes.

Palmer finished with 16 points, including four 3s and four assists. Sophomore guard Bria Holmes came off the bench with 16 points, 5 of 8 from the free throw line, with two assists and two steals in 21 minutes.

The senior guard Hampton added nine points from the bench, with three treys and four assists. Redshirt-freshman Lanay Montgomery and senior guard Christal Caldwell each added eight points. Caldwell also led WVU in rebounding with a season-best 10 boards.

The Thundering Herd was led in scoring by Norrisha Victrum with 13 points, Erica Woods with 11 points and Chelsey Romero with eight points. Woods and Suporia Dickens each pulled down five rebounds.

Saturday’s win extends WVU’s streak to eight games. WVU returns home for a 7 p.m. tip with Delaware State on Dec. 18 at the WVU Coliseum.

Heidelberg 78,

Marietta College 69

TIFFIN, Ohio – Marietta College suffered its first Ohio Athletic Conference setback of the season on Saturday afternoon inside Seiberling Gymnasium as Heidelberg University rallied for a 78-69 victory.

Kathleen Phillips led HU (6-2, 1-2) with 24 points, six steals and five rebounds.

Heather Booth went for 21 points and eight rebounds for the Pioneers, who dropped to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in OAC action. Marietta College also received double figure scoring efforts from Candice Alexander (13) and Tori Dixon (12). Dixon chipped in five assists and a pair of steals.

Heidelberg, which trailed 34-30 at halftime and forced 22 Pioneer turnovers, also got 16 points from Allie Hawkins and 10 from Carli Patrick.

Ohio 72,

Notre Dame College 55

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University women’s basketball team (4-4) took down Notre Dame College (5-2), 72-55, Saturday in an NCAA non-conference matchup at the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats led the Falcons by just seven points at the halftime break, but Ohio outscored Notre Dame College, 37-27, over the final 20 minutes of play.

Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black led the way for the Bobcats with 20 points, marking the third time this season she has reached the 20-point mark.

Ohio, which also received 10 points from starter Lexie Baldwin, visits East Carolina at 7 p.m. next Friday.

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Marietta College 109,

Otterbein University 72

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Brennan McKean led five Marietta College players in double figures with a game-high 19 points and the Pioneers shot better than 63 percent from the field in route to an easy 109-72 road win on Wednesday versus Otterbein University in Ohio Athletic Conference action.

Garrett Stephenson scored 13 points and grabbed as many boards for the Pioneers (5-1, 1-0). A.J. Davis (14), Andy Dollman (11) and Keith Richardson (10) scored double figures and RaNeal Ewing added nine counters.

OU (1-5, 0-1) got a 7 of 11 effort from the field by Jake Bischoff, who finished with 18 points. Grant Fenner and Andy Yazrombek added 13 and 11 points, respectively in the setback.

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No. 8 Maryland 67, Ohio State 55

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Alyssa Thomas had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland overcame a shaky first half to beat Ohio State 67-55 Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Terrapins (8-1) led by only three points at the break before returning to make their first four shots as part of an 11-2 run that made it 40-28. Thomas scored six points in the spree and Brene Moseley sank Maryland’s first 3-pointer of the game.

Ohio State (6-4) closed to 56-53 with 2:58 left, but a 3-pointer by Lexie Brown, a layup by Moseley and two free throws by Thomas ended the suspense.

Ameryst Alston scored 18, and Cait Craft and Matina Ellerbe had 11 apiece for the Buckeyes, who were coming off a 21-point loss to top-ranked Connecticut.