Ewing leads Marietta men past Wilmington

By RON JOHNSTON

Special to The News and Sentinel

MARIETTA – RaNeal Ewing was Marietta College’s point-a-minute man.

The 5-foot-11 sophomore from Dublin Scioto scored a game-high 26 points in 26 minutes of action as the NCAA Division III No. 22-ranked Pioneers routed Wilmington College, 98-77, in an Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball game at Ban Johnson Arena Saturday.

Ewing tallied 17 of his points after the intermission. He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the contest.

MC’s Andy Dollman, a former Parkersburg Big Red, added 16 points and Brennan McKean netted nine, while reserves Eddy Grenert (12), Keith Richardson (11) and Luis Garcia (10) combined to score 33 points.

Overall, 14 Pioneer cagers saw court time, and the navy blue and white bench produced 37 points.

As a team, MC shot 48 percent (12 of 25) from 3-point range.

The 6-5 Heard paced Wilmington (3-3, 1-1), which defeated NCAA Division I Miami of Ohio, 65-63, in November, with 23 points. R.J. Leppert chipped in with 16 points and eight boards, while Dwight Johnson had 10 markers. The Quakers’ pine contributed 17 points.

In the opening half, Marietta took its first double-digit lead, 19-9, when the 6-4 Grenert drained a triple at the 13:04 mark. But Wilmington hung tough, rallied and led 28-24 on Klarke Ransome’s four-point play at the 7:36 mark.

Coming back, the Pioneers regained the advantage 30-28 on two Ewing freebies and then coasted into halftime with a 45-37 lead.

After the break, it was all Ewing and all the home team for most of the time as the MC advantage slowly but surely bulged to 20-plus points. At the 4:43 mark, Garcia’s 3 gave the Pioneers their biggest lead of the game, 90-65.

With about 10 seconds remaining, Marietta had possession of the ball and was two points shy of reaching the century mark for the second consecutive game. But the Pioneers elected to run out the clock.

Penn State 90, Marshall 77

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Ross Travis scored 20 points and Donovan Jack’s 18 points, seven blocked shots and seven rebounds enabled Penn State to race past Marshall 90-77 on Saturday.

D.J. Newbill scored 17 points while Brandon Taylor and Tim Frazier each added 10 as the Nittany Lions rebounded after back-to-back losses to Mississippi and Pittsburgh.

The Nittany Lions (7-3) have scored 70 points in all but one of their games this season and their transition offense built as much as a 26-point lead before Marshall closed the gap late.

Jack’s seven blocks were the most in a game by a Penn State player since 1999, and his team-high seven rebounds allowed Penn State to win that battle as well against the Thundering Herd (4-5) 47-40.

Penn State shot 48.5 percent overall, as its 53 percent effort in the first half enabled the Lions to race out to a 47-32 halftime edge

Glenville State 78, Virginia-Wise 76

WISE, Va. – Glenville State survived a late rally by host Virginia-Wise and held on for a 78-76 Mountain East Conference victory on Saturday.

Lamar Mallory filled up the stat sheet with a game-high 27 points. He added 10 rebounds and three blocks for GSC (4-2, 2-2).

Virginia-Wise (4-2, 2-2) had three chances to tie or win the game in the final eight seconds. The hosts were led by Deon Boyce’s double-double of 12 points and his game-high 18 rebounds. The Cavaliers had four players reach double figures, led by Javon Moore’s 16.

Glenville State, which got double figure scoring efforts from Kevin Gray (13), Jordan McCloud (11) and JJ Vazquez (10), led 77-70 with 2:01 to play after Reggie Williams hit a jumper in the lane.

Oakland 73, Ohio 56

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) – Duke Mondy and Kahlil Felder scored 13 apiece to lead six Oakland players in double figures on Saturday night in a 73-56 victory over Ohio.

Oakland (2-7) trailed 35-29 early in the second half before going on a 26-5 run capped by Travis Bader’s second 3-pointer with 7:47 left in the game.

Until that run, the Grizzlies had been 1 of 15 from 3-point range and Bader had been 0 for 8. Bader’s first 3-pointer gave the Grizzlies their first lead of the game at 37-35 with 13:42 left and Oakland never trailed from there.

Bader extended his streak of games with at least one 3-pointer to 62, the longest current streak in the country.

Nick Kellogg led Ohio (6-2) with 18 points but fouled out with 2:26 left. The Bobcats had closed the gap to 53-64, but allowed Oakland to go on a 10-2 run after Kellogg’s departure.

Trevecca Nazarene 117,

Ohio Valley 94

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Trevecca Nazarene shot nearly 58 percent from the field, led 61-50 at intermission and cruised past visiting Ohio Valley here Saturday for an easy 117-94 Great Midwest Athletic Conference victory.

OVU (1-8, 0-2) got game-highs of 38 points and 12 rebounds from Sequan Lawrence. Fighting Scot Jerry Macon Jr. finished with 17 points.

Trevecca Nazarene had six players score in double figures, led by Byron Sanford’s 22.

WOMEN

Glenville State 101, UVa-Wise 65

WISE, Va. – Tiffani Huffman and Kenyona Simmons each had 18 points while the trio of Aesha Peters, Keyanna Tate and Kenyell Goodson chipped in 11 markers apiece as visiting Glenville State blitzed Virginia-Wise here Saturday afternoon inside the Prior Center, 101-65.

Peters, who blocked five shots, joined Tate in grabbing eight rebounds. Jessica Parsons only scored three points, but had a game-high nine assists and added six boards for the now 6-1 Pioneers, who are 4-0 in Mountain East Conference play.

Virginia-Wise (6-2, 2-2) was led by Katie Jo Lester’s 18 markers.

Trevecca Nazarene University 99,

Ohio Valley 58

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ohio Valley University missed on 20 of 23 first-half field goals and trailed 52-11 at halftime here Saturday inside Trojan Fieldhouse as Trevecca Nazarene University coasted to an easy 99-58 Great Midwest Athletic Conference victory.

Haley Felker tallied a game-high 23 points. She hit all seven field goal attempts, which included making all five of her 3-pointers, and was perfect on four foul shots.

OVU (3-7, 0-2) was led by Meghan Miller’s 20 bench points. Amy Brooks had 10 points and six boards for the Fighting Scots.

TNU (5-3, 2-0) shot 58.6 percent from the floor (34 of 58) and also got double figure scoring efforts from Kaci Britt Bell (17) and Kylie White.

Wilmington 68, Marietta College 59

WILMINGTION, Ohio – Haley Howard connected on all 11 of her foul shots and finished with a game-high 22 points to help lead host Wilmington College to a 68-59 Ohio Athletic Conference victory here Saturday against Marietta College.

Wilmington (4-3, 2-0) also received 21 points from Brittaney Jefferson.

The Pioneers (6-2, 1-1) were led by Heather Booth’s 16 points and game-high nine rebounds. Candice Alexander, who had seven boards and three blocks, joined Tori Dixon in scoring 10 points apiece.