Kentucky Wesleyan sweeps Ohio Valley cagers

VIENNA – Visiting Kentucky Wesleyan College took both ends of a G-MAC basketball doubleheader Saturday from Ohio Valley University, notching a 66-53 victory in the women’s opener before the Panther men prevailed in the second game by a 99-76 score at the Snyder Activity Center.

The first half of the women’s contest was a close, tight affair that Kentucky Wesleyan led at halftime, 31-30.

Freshman Imani Ward, a former Parkersburg High cager, tallied 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 6-of-6 at the foul line in the first half to lead OVU.

In the second half though, KWC outscored the host Fighting Scots 19-7 through the first 8:13 to forge a 50-37 lead. But OVU was able to stay within striking distance of the Panthers as Ward and Ndeye Meissa Diop combined to tally all the points in a 10-3 run to slice its deficit down to seven at 58-51 with 2:47 to play.

However, Kentucky Wesleyan (13-5) tacked on six straight points at the foul line from 2:23 to 1:20 to lead by nine, 64-53, in closing out the Scots, now 5-13.

For the game, Ward finished with a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds, while Angelique Green netted eight points and Diop seven for OVU.

For KWC, Karly Rhoads scored 15 points and Shelbi Tyra added 13.

OVU head women’s coach David Wadlington was encouraged to “see us come back from double figures down the second half to make a game of it,” because his team wasn’t able to do that the last several times it was in that predicament.

For the Fighting Scot men, they sort of ran into a buzzsaw right from the start in the nightcap of the twinbill, as KWC, after trailing 2-0, ran off the next 10 points and 17 of the first 21 to lead 17-4 just 5:20 into the game.

But OVU (3-14) rallied back within 20-11 before the Panthers went on to outpoint their hosts 40-22 the rest of the first half to hold a commanding 60-33 advantage at the halftime break as they shot 69 percent (20 of 29) from the floor in the initial 20 minutes of action

In the second half, KWC (13-7) kept comfortably in front of the Scots, stretching its its lead to 30 at 73-43 less than five minutes in. OVU rallied late to get it down to 21 at 97-76, but with only 1:18 left though.

For KWC, Lonnie Hayes led with 23 points, followed by Ken-Jah Bosley with 20.

OVU was paced in point-production by David Sinickas with 14, Povilas Dambrauskas with 12 and Austin Parker with 11.

“Just looking at the stat sheet and seeing us with 45 rebounds, you would think that the game would have been a lot closer,” said OVU head men’s coach Mike Snell, “But we committed 24 turnovers and they shot the lights out in the first half.” And KWC wasn’t far off that in the second half either, hitting 55.6 percent of its shots (15 of 27) to finish at a 62.5 percent for the game.

College Men

Marietta 76, Ohio Northern 71

MARIETTA -Garrett Stephenson and RaNeal Ewing scored 16 points each as Marietta (15-4) held off Ohio Northern, 76-71, in a an Ohio Athletic Conference game before a crowd of 1,229 on Saturday afternoon at Ban Johnson Arena.

In a game that was tight from start to finish, Marietta held off a game foe. Ohio Northern’s balanced attack was led by Isaiah Ross and Dominique Royal with 13 points each while Jordan Martin added 12 and Lucas Pennington 11.

The Pioneers hit the road Wednesday for a 3 p.m. game at Muskingum.

FAU 65, Marshall 57

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Pablo Bertone scored 20 points, Justin Raffington added 19 and Florida Atlantic survived a long dry spell down the stretch to hold off Marshall 65-57 Saturday.

A basket by Raffington with 4:57 left put FAU up 60-47 but the Owls were scoreless until Jackson Trapp made two free throws with 24 seconds left.

The Owls (8-14, 3-4 Conference USA) made five free throws in the final 24 seconds to hold on for the win. While the Thundering Herb (8-15, 2-6) were going on a 10-0 run with TyQuane Goard scoring six, FAU missed three 3-pointers, three-straight free throws, a layup and had a turnover.

Raffington hit 8 of 9 shots and also grabbed 10 rebounds for FAU, which shot 53.2 from the field but made just half of its 20 free throws.

Marshall, which got 16 points from Chris Thomas and 14 from Ryan Taylor, shot 38.9 percent.

Ohio 95, Toledo 90, OT

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – Maurice Ndour scored 28 points and Stevie Taylor added 23 as Ohio edged Toledo 95-90 in overtime Saturday.

Ndour’s dunk with 1:06 left gave Ohio (16-5, 6-2 Mid-American) a 91-90 lead. On Toledo’s next possession, Taylor forced a turnover with a five-second call and hit a shot at the other end to open a 93-90 lead.

Julius Brown, who led Toledo (18-3, 6-2) with 28 points, missed a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left and Taylor secured the win with a fast-break layup.

Nick Kellogg had a ball knocked out of bounds off his leg with 16 seconds left and Ohio leading 83-81, setting up an opportunity for Toledo. Brown’s jumper with 10 seconds left tied it, and Taylor’s buzzer-beater attempt missed.

Ndour added 12 rebounds, while Kellogg had 18 points and nine assists.

J.D. Weatherspoon added 16 points for Toledo. Jonathan Williams had 14 points and Justin Drummond 12.


Glenville 119, Shepherd 76

GLENVILLE -The high-flying Glenville State women’s basketball team put it on cruise control Saturday afternoon, smashing visiting Shepherd College, 119-76, in a Mountain East Conference Contest that saw the Pioneers score 73 points in the first half.

The Pioneeers (18-2 overall, 13-1 MEC) placed seven players in double figures, led by Kenyona Simmons with 18 points. Tasia Brislow, Kenyell Goodson and Chanice Lee had 13 points each while Tiffani Huffman and Ginny Mills scored 11 apiece and Ashleugh Fossett added 10.

Shepherd (2-16, 2-12) got 22 points from Briana Vaden and 19 from Rachel Johnson.

Glenville travels to Fairmont State on Monday.

Ohio Northern 66, Marietta 46

ADA, Ohio -Ohio Northern jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never looked back in downing visiting Marietta College, 66-46, here Saturday afternoon in a Ohio Athletic Conference contest.

The Polar Bears (15-4, 8-4) were led by Jordan Kimes and Karissa Steffas with 12 points each while Brooke Espenschued added 10 points.

Marietta (9-10, 3-9 OAC) got 17 points from Jessica Brogan and 12 from Heather Booth.The Pioneers entertain Muskingum on Wednesday.