Cedarville sweeps Ohio Valley University

VIENNA – The little things a basketball team does or fails to do often times decides the outcome of the game.

That’s exactly what took place here Thursday night at the Snyder Activity Center as visiting Cedarville University left town with a Great Midwest Athletic Conference men’s and women’s doubleheader sweep against Ohio Valley University.

In the opener, the Fighting Scot women allowed an early 13-0 run and then gave up 10 easy transition points in the final 7:45 of the first half en route to trailing 43-30 at intermission. The Yellow Jackets (8-8, 4-2 G-MAC) weren’t challenged in the second half as OVU (5-11, 2-5) had consecutive turnovers after the break in an 89-63 setback.

The OVU men, who were assessed a technical foul for not having Tyrone Pride in the scorebook, fell to 3-13 overall and 2-4 in conference play. Cedarville (5-12, 3-2) managed to win the contest in overtime, 89-86, despite not making a field goal in the final 6:29 of regulation.

Fighting Scot Arturs Vitins had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in the first half and OVU led 48-39 after 20 minutes.

After a take to the hole by Jerry Macon Jr., for part of his dozen counters, the Fighting Scots had a 58-47 advantage with 14:35 to play. However, the Jackets went on a 24-6 run, capped by a Jason Cuffee run-out dunk, and led 71-64 at the 6:29 mark.

Ohio Valley, which returns to action Saturday at Central State University, actually led 64-62 with 9:27 to go following a putback rim-rattling slam by Robert Smelser (seven points, 10 boards). Marcus Reineke, who hit 7 of 11 from downtown and had a trio of treys in the big spurt, led all scorers with 31 points.

OVU got a 3-pointer from David Sinickas to make it 71-67 and Sequan Lawrence, who had a team-high 23 points in the setback to go along with nine caroms, hit an 8-foot leaner to tie it at 73 with 2:38 remaining.

A Macon Jr. foul shot made it 76-75, but Cuffee’s two free throws with 16.8 ticks left put the visitors back ahead. OVU forced overtime when Vitins, who finished with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, knocked down the back end of a two-shot foul.

Another floater from Lawrence, who was joined in double figures by OVU teammate Osvaldas Gaizauskas (15 points, six boards), turned out to be OVU’s final points of the night as head coach Mike Snell’s squad led 86-84 with 49.8 left in the extra session.

Reineke, though, struck again with another shot beyond the arc just 13 seconds later. Lawrence missed a 17-footer that could’ve won it, Smelser’s tip-in didn’t fall and J.C. Faubion (13 points) sank two charity stripe freebies with 2.2 remaining to make it a three-point affair. The hosts were unable to get a potential game-tying 3-pointer off before time expired.

Cuffee had 21 points and teammate Brian Grant was a factor inside, finishing with 15 points, seven caroms, three steals and a pair of blocks. OVU held a commanding 56-29 rebound edge, but lost the turnover battle, 22-15.

Imani Ward’s three-point play gave the OVU women an early 3-2 lead, but after the 13-0 run where Kayla Jenerette tallied six of her 12 markers the Yellowjackets led for good.

Ohio Valley got a 3-pointer by Meghan Miller, which made it 23-21 with 7:52 left in the opening half, but Jenerette and Raegan Ryan (10 points, eight assists) knocked down consecutive trifectas in transition. Kayla Linkous, who had a game-high 25 points, tallied the final six points of the half for the Jackets.

Lauryn Robinson (12) and Taylor Vander Plas (11) also cracked double figures in scoring for the victors, who hit 53.2 percent (33 of 62) from the floor.

Saira House led the hosts with 16 points, Angelique Green scored 11 and Ghameerah McCullers had 10, all of which came in the first half after Cedarville’s 13-0 run made it 15-3. Kayla Parsley’s seven rebounds paced OVU and Danielle Spiliotis, who chipped in six points and three blocks, collected a game-high 10 boards.