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Ohio 58, Eastern Michigan 56

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) – Javarez Willis hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 28 seconds to play as Ohio rallied for a 58-56 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

Ohio trailed the entire game before Willis’ big basket, which capped a 12-0 run. The Bobcats were behind 55-46 with 4:20 left. Nick Kellogg also made a 3-pointer during the run and Josh Smith and Maurice Ndour both made two baskets. Ndour’s last make tied the game at 55 with 1:36 remaining.

Stevie Taylor led Ohio (14-5, 4-2 Mid-American Conference) with 14 points. Kellogg and Willis added 12 apiece for the Bobcats. Willis made a season-high four 3-pointers on the day.

Eastern Michigan (11-8, 3-3) was paced by Glenn Bryant with 14 points and Karrington Ward added 13.

Ward was fouled with 11 seconds left, made 1 of 2 from the line, but the ball went out of bounds on his second miss.

Marietta College 78,

Wilmington College 76

WILMINGTON, Ohio – Luis Garcia scored a team-high 29 points off the bench and fellow reserve Eddy Grenert knocked down the game-winning jumper with 0.4 left here Saturday as Marietta College escaped with a key 78-76 Ohio Athletic Conference victory against Wilmington College.

Malcolm Heard’s double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds was wasted by the Quakers (10-6, 7-3).

Grenert finished with 13 points while starters Keith Richardson and Andy Stegman scored 12 and 10 markers, respectively for the now 13-4 Pioneers, who improved to 8-2 in the OAC. Garcia grabbed seven rebounds.

Klarke Ransome and R.J. Leppert combined for 27 points in the setback.

Glenville State 103, Concord 92

GLENVILLE – Starting in place of injured Lamar Mallory, Glenville State’s Jordan McCloud hit 10 of 12 field goals and tallied a game-high 27 points as the host Pioneers dropped Concord, 103-92, here Saturday in Mountain East Conference play.

Both teams shot better than 55 percent from the floor, but the G-men (10-6, 7-5) led 49-37 at halftime.

Reggie Williams flirted with a triple-double, going for 13 points and game-highs of 10 assists and eight rebounds in the victory. Donte Morales added 25 points, Kevin Gray had 15 and Lamont Cole tallied 13 for GSC, which plays host Thursday to Virginia-Wise.

The Mountain Lions (5-13, 2-10) had a quartet of players in double figures, led by Cam Shannon’s 25.


Glenville State 108, Concord 89

GLENVILLE – Andrea Bertrand went off for 30 points and Sissy Wagner had 20, but it wasn’t nearly enough for visiting Concord here Saturday afternoon as the Mountain Lions fell at Glenville State, 108-89, in Mountain East Conference action.

The Pioneers, now 16-2 overall and 11-1 in the MEC with a home game slated for 5:30 p.m. Thursday versus Virginia-Wise, had a balanced scoring attack. Kenyona Simmons (19) and Tiffani Huffman (18) led the way. Tasia Bistow and Kenyell Goodson scored 12 points apiece, Keyanna Tate had 11 and Ginny Mills tallied 10 markers.

GSC, which led 53-42 at intermission, also received four points, 11 boards and four blocked shots from Aesha Peters.

Bertrand had a game-high 14 rebounds for the Mountain Lions (8-7, 6-6). Concord’s Jacqueline Kestner posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 caroms.

Wilmington 103, Marietta 102 (2 OT)

MARIETTA – Visiting Wilmington nipped Marietta College 103-102 in double overtime Saturday afternoon, finally notching the win with a 14-13 point advantage in the second extra period.

The host Pioneers, now 8-9 overall and 2-8 in the OAC, held a 38-32 lead at halftime, but by the end of regulation play, the score was tied at 82. After a 7-7 standoff in the first OT session, the Quakers slipped past MC by a single point in the second overtime period.

Wilmington (10-7, 7-3 OAC) was led in point-production by Makenzie Wippel with 20, followed by Spencer Robles with 19, Hannah Haeseker with 15 and Brittaney Jefferson with 11.

Marietta was paced in scoring by Jessica Brogan with 23 points, Emily Sabatino with 21 points, including five treys, and Candice Alexander with 12.

The Pios’ next game finds them playing at Otterbein at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Marshall 73,. Rice 63

HOUSTON, Texas Having struggled away from home since the start of the 2012-13 season, the Marshall men’s basketball team bucked the trend Thursday night with a, 73-63, Conference USA win at Rice in Tudor Fieldhouse behind a pair of 18-point showings from members of the Thundering Herd.

With the win, the Herd improved to 7-13 overall and 1-4 in league play, while also collecting its first road win of the season. The Owls drop to 5-13 overall and 0-5 in conference. Marshall now leads the all-time series versus Rice 8-2, having won five straight and all four meetings against the Owls in Houston.

Marshall got to the line often on the night and made its attempts count, finishing the game 22-of-29 from the stripe (75.9 percent). Kareem Canty finished the night with 18 points and seven assists, while having gone 8-of-8 from the charity stripe. Ryan Taylor recorded 18 as well, along with eight rebounds.


Glenville State 122,

West Virginia Wesleyan 64

GLENVILLE – Host Glenville State (15-2, 10-1 MEC) rolled over West Virginia Wesleyan (2-13, 0-11) 122-64 Thursday night.

The Pioneers were led by Tiffani Huffman’s 23 points, followed by Pagie Tuttle and Kenyell Goodson with 14 each.

The visiting Bobcats were paced by Allie Brown with 14 points and Kiki DeVane with 13.

Ohio State 61, Michigan 50

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Ohio State picked up a much-needed victory on the road Thursday night and helped shake up the Big Ten standings with a 61-50 win over host Michigan.

Michigan entered the game in a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten and now fall to 4-2 in conference play and 13-6 overall. The Buckeyes evened their Big Ten mark at 3-3 and improved to 13-9 overall.

Raven Ferguson led Ohio State with 16 points off the bench and Maleeka Kynard added 12, hitting two 3-pointers. Ashley Adams, who was reinserted into the starting lineup for this game, finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

It was a game of runs as both teams traded punches all night until Ohio State started to take control midway through the second half.

Down five at halftime, Ohio State came out strong to start the second half and tied the game at 33-all after a runner in the lane by Kynard and back-to-back pivoting layups by Ferguson. Ohio State then quickly found itself in a hole again as Michigan went on a 7-0 run to push the lead to 40-33 with 11:26 left. But Ohio State answered the call again and went on a 9-0 run of their own, capped off by a Cait Craft 3-pointer, and led 42-40 with 7:54 left.

The Buckeyes never relinquished the lead from that point as two more field goals by Ferguson helped push the lead to 52-42 with 2:25 left. Michigan tried to extend the game by fouling, but Ohio State made 7 of 8 from the line in the final minutes to help seal the win.

Akron 80, Ohio 56

AKRON, Ohio – The Ohio University women’s basketball team (8-9, 3-3 MAC) suffered an 80-56 loss to the University of Akron (9-8, 3-3 MAC) in a Mid-American Conference East Division contest Thursday.

The contest marked Ohio’s second straight MAC defeat.

Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle led the Bobcats with 14 points, marking the sixth time this season she has reached double figures in scoring and second time in the last three games.

Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins recorded her second career double-double with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, which matched her career high. She reached double figures for the eighth time this season and the sixth time in the last eight games.

Three Zips reached double figures to lead the way for Akron. Senior guard Hanna Luburgh scored a game-high 28 points. Freshman guard Hannah Plybon added 16 points, while senior forward Rachel Tecca chipped in 13.

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Tulsa 69, Marshall 52

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – James Woodard scored 17 points as Tulsa beat Marshall 69-52 on Saturday for its first road win of the season.

Tulsa trailed 25-20 at halftime after making just 8 of 32 shots in the opening 20 minutes. The Golden Hurricane made twice as many baskets in the second frame and shot 61.5 percent, leading to 49 points. Tulsa made 5 of 7 shots from behind the arc and 12 of 14 from the free-throw line in the second half.

Rashad Ray added 13 points for Tulsa (8-10, 3-1 C-USA) and sophomore Brandon Swannegan added a career-high 10.

Tulsa took its first lead of the second half, with 9:43 remaining, on a 3-pointer by Woodard during a 10-0 run.

Marshall (6-13, 0-4) was led by Chris Thomas with 14 points and Kareem Canty had 12 and nine assists. The Thundering Herd shot just 32.8 percent for the game.

Glenville State 88, Notre Dame 73

GLENVILLE – Lamar Mallory and Lamont Cole posted double-doubles here Saturday as host Glenville State turned back Notre Dame College, 88-73, in Mountain East Conference action.

Mallory tallied a game-high 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Cole tossed in 14 points and had a game-high 11 caroms. The Pioneers, now 9-5 overall and 6-4 in the MEC, also received 21 points from Donte Morales. Pioneer Kevin Gray contributed 12 points, four assists, three steals and a trio of blocks.

NDC (5-10, 3-6) had a trio of double figure point-producers led by Lawrence DeArmond’s 24.

Marietta 78, John Carroll 70

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – Marietta College received a game-high 19 points from RaNeal Ewing and left town here Saturday with a 78-70 Ohio Athletic Conference victory against host John Carroll.

Brennan McKean contributed 14 points and Andy Dollman added 10 for the Pioneers (11-4, 6-2).

Jake Hollinger led John Carroll (10-5, 4-4) in scoring with 18 while teammate David Hendrickson tallied a dozen markers.

Bluefield 79, Ohio Valley 72

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – Shakir Dunning went off for 32 points and Treon Claiborne finished with 27 here Saturday as host Bluefield turned back Ohio Valley University, 79-72.

Claiborne hit 12 of 16 field goals, Dunning made all 13 of his foul shots and the hosts also received 15 rebounds from Samuel Ouedraogo.

Sequan Lawrence’s 25 points and game-high 16 rebounds went for naught as OVU, which trailed just 36-33 at halftime, shot only 33.3 percent for the game.

Jerry Macon Jr. added 20 points and Arturs Vitins a baker’s dozen for the Fighting Scots.


West Virginia 77, Oklahoma 63

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Senior guard Christal Caldwell paved the way to a 77-63 West Virginia women’s basketball victory over Oklahoma on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.

The Sooners (11-7, 2-3 Big 12) cut a double-digit deficit down to a tie game at 53-53 with 11:07 remaining, but the Mountaineers (16-2, 5-1 Big 12) responded with a 10-2 run, capped by a Bria Holmes 3 at the 4:40 mark, leading 65-57. WVU never let up, using a 9-3 run over the final two minutes, while OU missed eight of nine final field goal attempts and turned the ball over twice in the final four minutes.

Entering Saturday’s game, Oklahoma averaged 80.9 points per game and was held to 63 points, its second-lowest point total all season.

WVU came out shooting with a 16-3 run over the first five minutes. The Mountaineers held a double-figure lead until the final four minutes of the first half, when OU was able to go into halftime trailing by eight, 39-31.

Caldwell matched a career best, going 5-for-5 from 3-point range, totaling 23 points, the 11th 20-point outing of her career. Sophomore guard Holmes was one point shy of a career best with 21 points, the third 20-point outing in her career. Junior guard Linda Stepney surpassed her career-high point total, set previously this week, with 17 points, while also dishing out five assists.

Glenville State 125, Notre Dame 89

GLENVILLE – Notre Dame felt good only trailing 48-45 at intermission, but Glenville State shot 52.5 percent in the second half, which included hitting 15 of 27 from 3-point land, as the Pioneers rolled to a 125-89 Mountain East Conference win.

Ginny Mills canned 7 of 16 triples and led all scorers with 30 points, despite only playing 19 minutes. Ashleigh Fossett (17), Kenyona Simmons (12), Kenyell Goodson (11), Tiffani Huffman (10) and Jessica Parsons (10) also cracked double figures in scoring for GSC, which received eight points and 11 boards from Keyanna Tate. Pioneer Tasia Bistow finished with eight points and seven assists in improving to 14-2 overall and 9-1 in the MEC.

Molly Ritz had a double-double of 11 points and as many boards while Notre Dame (8-5, 5-4) teammates Martha Nagbe and Alyssa Kraus chipped in 10 points each.

John Carroll 88, Marietta 65

MARIETTA – John Carroll upped its mark to 12-1 overall and 7-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference following an easy 88-65 road win here Saturday against Marietta College.

Melissa Spahar paced a quartet of John Carroll double figure scorers with a game-high 28 points.

Candice Alexander and Heather Booth finished with 15 points each for the Pioneers (8-7, 2-6), who also got 11 markers from Tori Dixon.

Ball State 79, Ohio 63

ATHENS, Ohio – Kiyanna Black scored a game-high 23 points and Quiera Lampkins added 19 more, but it wasn’t enough Saturday as host Ohio University (8-8, 3-2) dropped a 79-63 Mid-American Conference decision to visiting Ball State (8-8, 3-2).

Ball State was led by Nathalie Fontaine’s 20 points and also had double figure scoring efforts form Jill Morrison (19), Brandy Woody (16) and Brittany Carter (11).

The Bobcats return to action at 7 p.m. Thursday in Akron.

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No. 16 Penn State 66, Ohio State 42

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Maggie Lucas scored 18 points to lead Penn State in a 66-42 Big-Ten victory over Ohio State on Thursday night.

Lucas finished with five rebounds and five assists. Ariel Edwards was the only other Lady Lion to score in double figures, and finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Penn State (12-4, 3-1) shot just 25 of 72 from the floor (34.7 percent), but held the Buckeyes to 29.6 percent shooting (16 of 54). The Lady Lions outrebounded Ohio State 20-5 on the offensive end for second-chance points.

Ameryst Alston scored 12 points to lead Ohio State (12-8, 2-2), and Ashley Adams chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds. The Buckeyes turned the ball over 22 times and ended the night with eight assists.

Penn State was coming off an 84-74 loss against No. 21 Purdue that had snapped a five-game winning streak for the Lady Lions.

Ursuline 90, Ohio Valley 71

VIENNA -When Kayla Parsley hit a field goal with 19:31 to play on Thursday night at the Snyder Activities Center, Ohio Valley University held a 43-42 lead over visiting Ursuline.

But the Fighting Scots didn’t score until Ursuline had taken a 53-43, and try as they might, OVU never managed to catch up, dropping a 90-71 decision.

Ursuline (7-7) had its offense clicking on all cylinders as it not only connected on 29 of 55 field goal attempts but also shot a sizzling 23 of 28 from the free throw line. Tajanee Wells led the guests with 31 points while Erica Huber added 24. Huber also led Ursuline in rebounds (7), assists (7) and steals (4).

Ohio Valley (5-10) got 16 points from Shelby Way and Imani Ward while Parsley had a team-high eight rebounds.

OVU is off for a week before playing host to Cedarville at 5:30 p.m. next Thursday.


Minnesota 63, No. 11 Ohio State 53

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Elliott Eliason had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota muscle past 11th-ranked Ohio State for a 63-53 victory Thursday night that stuck the Buckeyes with their third straight loss.

DeAndre Mathieu had 13 points, five assists and three steals for the Golden Gophers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten), who gave new coach Richard Pitino his first signature win. They did it by backing down the Buckeyes and owning the area around the basket, posting a 38-20 advantage in points in the paint and a 39-24 rebounding edge.

LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points for the Buckeyes (15-3, 2-3), who are on a three-game losing streak for the first time in almost four years. The other four Ohio State starters combined for only 19 points, and the conference’s second-worst free throw shooting team went 11 for 18 from the foul line.

Minnesota beat Ohio State for the first time in seven meetings, a feat last accomplished here in 2010.

Against a Gophers team that leads the Big Ten in steals, the Buckeyes took better care of the ball after totaling 38 turnovers over the previous two games, but their struggles getting shots to go down was too much to overcome.

They lost last week at Michigan State and then at home to Iowa, hardly blemishes on their record, but they’re going to have to snap out of this slide soon to keep up in the top-heavy Big Ten. The Buckeyes fell to 25-4 following losses over the last five seasons. The last time they dropped three in a row was February 2009, at Wisconsin, at Northwestern and against Illinois.

Eliason wasn’t the only one working inside for Minnesota. His backup, Mo Walker, converted consecutive spin moves to draw fouls both times, good for a five-point spurt. He even had a steal to set up a fast break a few minutes later. Oto Osenieks added eight points, all near the basket.

Then the Gophers went to their guards to break open the game down the stretch.

Andre Hollins swished a corner 3-pointer inside the 3-minute mark to make it 55-46, and Austin Hollins followed with a steal and a layup to push the lead to double digits.

The Gophers are in a relentless four-game stretch that’s remarkable even for this deep, difficult league. After losing in overtime at fifth-ranked Michigan State last weekend, here came the grumpy Buckeyes on a rare losing streak. Minnesota then plays at No. 14 Iowa on Sunday and hosts Wisconsin, ranked third in the Associated Press poll this week, next Wednesday.

The Buckeyes had trouble making their shots early, and the Gophers struggled to take them. The result, naturally, was a 29-all halftime tie that belied the intensity and athleticism on the court.

North Texas 80, Marshall 65

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Jordan Williams and Colin Voss combined for 36 points to lead crisp-shooting North Texas to an 80-65 win over Marshall for its first Conference USA win of the season Thursday night.

Williams scored 20 points on 5-for-13 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Mean Green (10-7, 1-2 Conference USA). Voss shot 7-for-9 and scored 16 points while pulling down nine boards.

North Texas shot 50 percent from the field (28 of 56), and was 23 of 36 from the free throw line.

Kareem Canty scored 26 points and Ryan Taylor added another 22 to lead Marshall (6-12, 0-3). The pair each scored four points in the final minutes of the first half to send the Thundering Herd into the locker room trailing by 12 points.

North Texas converted 5 of 6 from the free throw line in the final 1:10 to forge the final margin.

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Ohio 79, UNC Asheville 70

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Maurice Ndour scored 19 of his career-high 27 points in the second half as Ohio rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat UNC Asheville 79-70 on Saturday.

UNC Asheville (6-8) was up 43-31 at halftime, but remained scoreless after the break until Andrew Rowsey made a 3 with 14:17 left to play. Ohio’s 15-3 run tied the game at 46 with 12:36 to go.

The second half consisted of five lead changes and three ties. The Bulldogs came within three after a Jaron Lane layup with 28 seconds to play. Nick Kellogg made 4 of 4 free throws and Stevie Taylor added two in the final 25 seconds to cap the scoring for Ohio.

Kellogg scored 23 points, including 6-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line for the Bobcats (10-3).

Andrew Rowsey scored 28 points for UNC Asheville and made six 3-pointers.

Glenville State 110, W.Va. State 88

GLENVILLE – Glenville State picked up the defensive pressure in the second half here Saturday and pulled away for an easy 110-88 Mountain East Conference victory against West Virginia State.

The Yellow Jackets, who trailed just 57-55 at halftime, hit 22 of 33 (66.7 percent) shots from the floor in the first half, but only converted 11 of 36 (30.6 percent) field goals after intermission.

GSC (6-3, 3-2) head coach Stephen Dye watched all five starters score in double figures. Pioneer Jordan McCloud tallied a career-high 16 points off the bench.

Dominic Phillips led all scorers with 26 points for the Yellow Jackets (3-5, 0-5). Anton Hutchins (20), Bo King (18) and Juan Johnson (13) also had double figure scoring efforts in the setback.

The G-men were led by Lamar Mallory’s double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Gray hit 6 of 11 from 3-point land and led the victors with 20 points. Lamont Cole had 17 points, Donte Morales 16 and Reggie Williams posted 15 points with a game-high five assists.

GSC returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Monday with a road trip to Charleston.


West Virginia 71,

No. 11 Oklahoma State 67

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – West Virginia closed the game on a 15-2 run, including the last seven points, to upset No. 11 Oklahoma State 71-67 Saturday.

The Mountaineers (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) ran their winning streak to 13 while ending the Cowgirls (12-1, 1-1) best-ever start.

Bria Holmes led West Virginia with 21 points, Asya Bussie added 13 and Christal Caldwell had 12. LaShawn Jones scored 18 and Tiffany Bias and Brittany Atkins had 13 each for OSU.

Two free throws by Bias gave OSU a 65-56 lead with 5 minutes left but WVU scored eight straight. Bias made a layup to make it 67-64 at 2:25 when the Mountaineers began a string to the foul line. They made just 5 of 10 to go with a Holmes layup but OSU couldn’t capitalize. The Cowgirls missed two 3’s before Caldwell’s free throw with 3 seconds left iced it.

WVU was 18 of 25 from the line.