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Marietta College 82
MARIETTA – Malcolm Herd II tossed in 22 of his 26 points in the second half to lead Wilmington College to a 91-82 overtime victory over Marietta College in an Ohio Athletic Conference tournament semifinal matchup at Ban Johnson Arena Thursday night.
The MC Pioneers had won 10 straight times against the Quakers, but saw that streak snapped as Wilmington outpointed the Pios 18-9 in overtime to clinch a spot in the finals Saturday evening.
With No. 1 seed Ohio Northern also losing Thursday night to fifth-seeded John Carroll, the Quakers will get to host the championship game.
Wilmington (18-8) led by seven at halftime, but the Pioneers evened things up at 53-53 with 12 minutes to play in the game.
Herd II, who was held to just five points in the first 28 minutes of the game, began to warm up by draining a pair of triples to put the Quakers back in front with seven minutes to play.
Wilmington then held the lead until MC junior Andy Dollman’s three-ball with 1:21 to play tied the game at 73-73.
In overtime, Herd II drilled another three-pointer to open play and Dwight Johnson connected on a pair from behind the arc to extend the Wilmington lead to seven.
Joining Herd II in double figures for Wilmington were R.J. Leppert with 17, while Klarke Ransome and Johnson added 13 points apiece.
Former Parkersburg High cager Dollman, led all scorers in the game with 29 points for Marietta, while Andy Stegman and Luis Garcia added 12 and nine points respectively as the Pioneers ended their season at 19-7.
Penn State 65,
No. 22 Ohio State 63
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State coach Patrick Chambers didn’t think it was the matchup or the fact that it was Senior Night that allowed his Nittany Lions to beat Ohio State again.
No, it was something more basic.
“I think we were mad,” Chambers said, emphasizing that his team had been thumped by Iowa and Nebraska in its previous two games. “It just happened to be Ohio State tonight. We came out and played desperate and with a sense of urgency. And we played angry.”
D.J. Newbill scored 23 points, Tim Frazier added 16 and Penn State held off a late rally by No. 22 Ohio State for a 65-63 victory Thursday.
The Buckeyes (22-7, 9-7 Big Ten) had a chance to win at the end. Coming out of a timeout with 6.8 seconds left, Lenzelle Smith Jr.’s 3-pointer rimmed out. The Nittany Lions (14-14, 5-10) grabbed the rebound and time expired.
Ohio State was led by LaQuinton Ross, who scored 19 points. Aaron Craft, plagued by foul trouble most of the game, added 10.
“It was one of those games where two guys pound the ball off the backboard and it bounces out and they make a 3 on us,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “Little things like that is kind of the way the game went.”
Penn State swept the season series. The Nittany Lions upset then-No. 23 Ohio State 71-70 in overtime on Jan. 29 in Columbus.
Nittany Lions forward Donovan Jack made a turnaround jumper, was fouled and hit the free throw to give Penn State a 60-55 lead with 1:59 to go.
Ross and Craft each made a pair of free throws, sandwiched around two by Frazier, to pull the Buckeyes to 62-59 with just more than a minute to go.
Frazier pushed Penn State’s lead to five with 39.4 seconds left with a pair of free throws.
After Ross made two more free throws, Shannon Scott stole the inbounds pass and passed to Trey McDonald for a layup that cut it to 64-63.
Penn State missed two free throws on the ensuing possession, but Smith’s shot caromed off the rim and over the backboard, giving the Nittany Lions the ball back with under 10 seconds left.
Frazier was fouled and made one of two at the line, setting up Smith’s last-second attempt from 3-point range.
“When we executed what we were supposed to do, it was amazing what happened. We didn’t have the flow that we normally do,” Matta said.
Old Dominion 70,
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Richard Ross scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Thursday night, Aaron Bacote scored 22, and Old Dominion rallied to beat Marshall 70-63.
Denzell Taylor grabbed 11 rebounds and the Monarchs (14-15, 8-6 Conference USA) outshot Marshall from the field 49 percent (25 of 51) to 37 percent (20 of 54).
Kareem Canty’s back-to-back 3-pointers gave Marshall an 11-6 lead, but the Monarchs led 15-14 on a free throw by Ross. Canty scored seven straight points and Marshall led 27-23 at halftime.
Old Dominion took charge with a 9-0 run in the second-half capped by a dunk by Ross, then ripped an 8-2 run to lead 56-42. Ross put the Monarchs up 63-53 with a layup at 2:31. Canty made it a five-point game with a trey, but Bacote blunted the charge by hitting six free throws down the stretch.
Canty led Marshall (9-20, 3-11) with 24 points.
Ohio Valley 65
CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Host Cedarville roared out to a 43-19 halftime lead Thursday night en route to am 87-65 G-MAC win over Ohio Valley University.
Cedarville (8-17) had four double-figure scorers in the win, led by Jason Cuffee with 18 points.
For OVU, now 4-21 overall and 3-10 in the G-MAC, Sequan Lawrence tallied 14 points, followed by Lance Leslie III with 12 and Robert Smelser with 10.
No. 25 Iowa 65,
Ohio State 61
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Theairra Taylor scored 21 points Thursday night and No. 25 Iowa pulled away in the second half to beat Ohio State 65-61.
Melissa Dixon scored 14, Bethany Doolittle 12, and Iowa (22-7, 10-5 Big Ten) forced 21 turnovers and had 15 steals. Ohio State (15-16, 5-10) outshot the Hawkeyes 46.2 percent to 41.7 percent from the field, 33.3 percent to 29.4 percent from distance, and 66.7 percent to 55.6 percent from the free-throw line.
The Buckeyes at one point led by five and the lead changed hands 10 times until Doolittle’s jumper with 10 seconds to play gave Iowa a 36-34 halftime edge.
Taylor’s free throws in the second half sparked a 9-2 run for a 61-55 Iowa lead. Ohio State’s Ameryst Alston made it a two-point game with a layup, but Taylor hit consecutive layups for the win.
Alston led Iowa with 18 and Ashley Adams scored 12.
Ohio Valley 56
CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Meghan Miller pumped in a game-high 20 points for visiting Ohio Valley University here Thursday night, but the Fighting Scots still lost to G-MAC foe Cedarville by a 20-point margin, 76-56.
Ghameerah McCullers added 12 points for OVU, now 8-17 overall and 5-10 in G-MAC play.
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No. 24 Ohio State 64,
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Sam Thompson scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, leading No. 24 Ohio State back from a 12-point deficit to a 64-46 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.
The Buckeyes outscored the Golden Gophers 46-18 in the second half.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 13 points and Shannon Scott 10 for the Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6 Big Ten), who trailed by 10 at the half and by 12 early in the second half before taking control with a 17-0 run.
Andre Hollins had 13 points and DeAndre Mathieu added 12 for Minnesota (17-11, 6-9), which has lost six of its last eight games to slide off the NCAA bubble. The Golden Gophers beat the Buckeyes 63-53 at home on Jan. 16 by forcing 18 turnovers and grabbing 15 more rebounds.
Marietta 94, John Carroll 87
MARIETTA, Ohio – Sophomore Eddie Grenert recorded his first career double-double leading Marietta College to a 94-87 victory against John Carroll University Saturday in Ban Johnson Arena. Grenert finished with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
The Pioneers (19-6 overall, 14-4 OAC) will be the No. 2 seed in next week’s Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. Marietta receives a double bye and will play at home in the semifinals on Thursday (Feb. 27) at 7:30 p.m.
John Carroll (15-10, overall, 9-9 OAC) jumped out to an early 13-2 lead and led by 12 points, 29-17, midway through the first half. The Blue Streaks took a 47-39 advantage into halftime.
In addition to Grenert’s 21 points, Luis Garcia hit four three-pointers and finished with 17 points. Freshman Keith Richardson scored 15 points, while Dollman chipped in with 13 points and four assists. Sophomore RaNeal Ewing added 10 points.
David Linane scored 19 points for John Carroll. Tim Ludlow scored 13 points and Joey Vuyancih added 12 points and six assists. Jake Hollinger notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. He also blocked four shots.
Middle Tennessee 56,
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Jaqawn Raymond scored 17 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, to lift Middle Tennessee to a 56-53 win over Marshall on Saturday.
Trailing 47-40 in the second half, Middle Tennessee (21-7, 11-2 Conference USA) retook the lead with an 11-2 run capped by a Kerry Hammonds II trey that made it 51-49 with just under 3 minutes to play. Marshall (9-19, 3-10) tied the game twice down the stretch on Kareem Canty jumpers, setting up Raymond’s game-winning 3 – his fifth trey of the game – fired just ahead of the shot clock with 19 seconds left.
Neiko Hunter and Reggie Upshaw Jr. scored 10 points apiece for the Blue Raiders, who won their ninth straight to remain atop the C-USA standings.
Ryan Taylor scored 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Thundering Herd, while Canty finished with 13 points and five assists.
Ohio 66, Akron 50
AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Jon Smith scored 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting and hauled in 12 rebounds to help Ohio push past Akron 66-50 on Saturday night.
The Bobcats (19-8, 9-5 Mid-American) shot 54.7 percent from the field. Travis Wilkins finished with 14 points and Nick Kellogg added 11.
Akron (17-10, 9-5) stumbled through a 15-of-56 shooting performance (26.8 percent). Demetrius Treadwell and Quincy Diggs both had 13 points and nine boards, and Deji Ibitayo also contributed 13 points.
Ohio jumped out to an early 14-2 lead as Kellogg had a 3-pointer, jumper and a layup. The Zips crawled back to pull within three, but Wilkins responded with a 3-pointer and a jumper, igniting a 16-3 run to close the half and take a 36-20 advantage at the break.
With the win, the Bobcats are now tied with Akron for second place in the East Division of the MAC standings.
West Virginaia 61,
Kansas State 40
MANHATTAN, Kan.- Senior guard Christal Caldwell used 14 points in the opening half to propel the No. 13 West Virginia women’s basketball team to a 61-40 victory at Kansas State here Saturday.
The Mountaineers have won their last seven games and are 24-3 overall and 13-2 in Big 12 play. WVU is now 7-1 in Big 12 road play, with its sole road league loss at Texas.
The Wildcats (10-15, 4-10) opened the game with a pair of threes to take an early 6-0 lead. WVU used a 15-2 run over six minutes of the opening half, while K-State shot 1-for-5 during that time, to gain control of the game, 15-8. The Mountaineers continued the momentum on a 13-0 run down to only a couple minutes until halftime. K-State was held without a field goal for 9:17 of the opening half, and was held to only six first-half field goals, four of which were threes. The Mountaineers shot 50 percent (14-28) to open the game, leading 34-19 at halftime.
“We got off to a slow start and then got moving,” said WVU head coach Mike Carey. “The people coming off the bench came off with energy and played pretty well. Christal Caldwell stepped up today, and Averee Fields did in the beginning until she got into foul trouble. We’re just glad to get a win.”
WVU continued to defend in the closing half, limiting K-State to only seven field goals, including a 10-minute drought without a field goal. The Mountaineers shot 43.6 percent (24-55) for the game, while holding the Wildcats to only 27.1 percent (13-48).
WVU has limited five of its last six opponents to 62 points or less, and has held 18 total opponents under 60 points this season. Caldwell led WVU’s scoring for the sixth time this season with 21 points, her third 20-point outing this season. Behind Caldwell, junior Averee Fields, and seniors Asya Bussie and Taylor Palmer each chipped in 10 points. All 10 of Fields’ points came in the opening half.
WVU outrebounded K-State 42-28, led by Palmer’s seven rebounds. Bussie had six rebounds, while junior forward Crystal Leary and Caldwell each had five boards. The Mountaineers forced 15 K-State turnovers, earning 17 points off the giveaways.
K-State was led in scoring by Ashlynn Knoll with 13 points, including a pair of threes. Kindred Wesemann recorded 11 points, also with a pair of threes, and Leticia Romero, who averaged 14.2 points per game heading into tonight, was held to only eight points.
Akron 88, Ohio 76
ATHENS, Ohio – Despite a late second-half surge, the Ohio University women’s basketball team (8-17, 3-11 MAC) fell to Akron (17-8, 11-3 MAC), 88-76, in a Mid-American Conference East Division matchup on Saturday at the Convocation Center.
Senior guards Erin Bailes and Olivia McCuskey were honored on-court before the game for 2014 Senior Day.
Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black tallied a career-high nine rebounds and 26 points to register her seventh 20-point game of the season. Black’s five steals in the contest tied her career-high.
Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin dished in 17 points to go along with nine rebounds. Baldwin scored six points in the last four minutes to ignite the Cats’ comeback attempt.
Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins compiled three assists and scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Sophomore guard Kat Yelle shot 67 percent from the floor en route to a nine-point performance.
Ohio will next be in action when it goes head-to-head with Buffalo at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Convocation Center.
John Carroll 88, Marietta 65
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Marietta College women’s basketball team closed the season with an 88-65 loss at John Carroll University Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers finish with an overall record of 10-15, 4-14 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Seniors Tori Dixon and Paige Lamb finished their careers in the Navy Blue and White. Dixon ends her collegiate career ranked eighth on Marietta’s all-tie scoring list with 1,087 points.
John Carroll (21-3 overall, 15-3 OAC) captured a share of the OAC regular season crown with the victory. It is the first OAC title in the history of the Blue Streak program.
The Pioneers gave John Carroll all they could handle in the first half. A pair of free throws from Jessica Brogan at the 7:47 mark gave the Pioneers an eight-point lead, 22-14. Marietta led 36-32 at halftime.
Glenville State 105,
West Liberty 81
GLENVILLE – Glenville State exploded for 64 first-half points here Saturday afternoon and rolled to a 105-81 Mountain East Conference win over visiting West Liberty before a crowd of 2,210 at the Jesse R. Lilly Gym.
The Pioneers (24-3, 19-2 MEC) were led by Kenyona Simmons, who accounted for 24 points. Tasia Bistow added 13, while Keyanna Tate had 11 and Ginny Mills 10. Tate was credited with a double-double as she also hauled down 14 rebounds.
West Liberty (18-9, 15-6 MEC) was led by Kierra Simpson and Kailee Howe with 13 points. Former Williamstown standout Liz Flowers had seven points and four assists for the Hilltoppers.
Glenville is off until next Saturday when it travels to West Virginia Wesleyan for its regular-season finale.
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Ohio Valley 74, Central State 67
WILBERFORCE, Ohio – Imani Ward dominated Thursday evening with 25 points and 14 rebounds to help Ohio Valley University knock off host Central State University, 74-67.
Amy Brooks had 20 points for the 6-15 Fighting Scots, who watched Kayla Parsley add nine markers and 10 boards.
Iniquia Snell’s game-high 27 points and her 11 rebounds went for naught in the setback. Akwar Obong had 12 points and as many boards for CSU (5-14).
Wheeling Jesuit 77,
No. 9 Glenville State 74 (OT)
WHEELING – Jaila Bryant hit 11 of 15 field goals and scored a game-high 26 points while teammate Breanna Butler canned five 3s and added 21 more here Thursday night as Wheeling Jesuit shocked No. 9 Glenville State in overtime, 77-74.
GSC trailed by as many as nine points in the second half, but a Ginny Mills 3 tied the game at 61 with 23 seconds to go. The Cardinals then had a turnover, but Pioneer Jessica Parsons’ potential game-winning 3-pointer was off the mark.
The Pioneers, now 23-3 overall and 18-2 in the Mountain East Conference, were led by Kenyona Simmons’ 24 points. Mills finished with nine while teammate Aesha Peters scored seven points and had a game-high 12 rebounds.
WJU (13-11, 10-10) held Glenville State to just 30.6 percent (26 of 85) from the field. Taneka Lewis added 13 points for the Cardinals, who got eight markers and nine boards from Lydia Hyburg.
GSC returns to action at 2 p.m. Saturday when West Liberty invades Gilmer County. WLU handed the Pioneers a 107-94 setback last month.
No. 17 Nebraska 67, Ohio State 59
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Rachel Theriot scored 26 points and Jordan Hooper had 24 to spark a late rally that pushed No. 17 Nebraska’s winning streak to seven with a 67-59 win over Ohio State on Thursday.
Ohio State went up 52-44 with 8:02 left but the Cornhuskers (20-5, 10-3 Big Ten) put together a 17-0 run, holding the Buckeyes scoreless (14-15, 4-9) until just 43 seconds remained. Then Theriot hit six free throws to ice the game.
Emily Cady and Hailie Sample pulled down 11 rebounds apiece for Nebraska, which also made 13 of 16 free throws. Ohio State was just 2 of 4 from the line.
Ameryst Alston tied her career-high with 31 points for Ohio State, which lost its fifth-straight game.
Coach Connie Yori, who fainted during the Wisconsin game on Sunday, was back on the bench.
Hooper, celebrating her 22nd birthday, had two 3-pointers during the winning surge.
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Glenville State 66, Wheeling Jesuit 65
WHEELING – Reggie Williams’ foul shot with 62 ticks remaining lifted visiting Glenville State to a 66-65 road win Thursday night at Wheeling Jesuit in Mountain East Conference action.
The Cardinals (14-10, 11-9) led 65-62 with 3:13 to go, but the Pioneers (16-8, 13-7) tallied the final four points of the contest.
Eric Siefert had a game-high 20 points and Justin Fritts tossed in 18 for WJU.
Brett Morris led the G-men with 17 points, Kevin Gray had 15 and Williams tallied 10 markers with five assists and two steals. Lamar Mallory had nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds in the victory.
GSC will have senior day at 4 p.m. Saturday against West Liberty.
Central State 106, Ohio Valley 78
WILBERFORCE, Ohio – Ohio Valley fell behind 54-33 at halftime Thursday night and host Central State University improved to 15-9 following an easy 106-78 victory against the Fighting Scots.
OVU (3-18) received a game-high 21 points from Sequan Lawrence, who finished with nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Austin Parker (15) and Osvaldas Gaizauskas (11) cracked double figures in scoring for the Fighting Scots.
LeDonte Body led five CSU players in double figures with 19 markers and finished with a double-double thanks to his game-high 10 rebounds. Masceo Harmon chipped in nine points, nine boards, five assists and four steals for the hosts.
UAB 68, Marshall 62
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Chad Frazier scored 13 points and led a balanced Alabama-Birmingham attack to beat Marshall 68-62 on Thursday night.
UAB (16-10, 5-7 Conference USA) led Marshall 30-29 at the break and the score seesawed throughout most of the second half leading into the final 7 minutes of play. That’s when the Blazers outscored Marshall 10-5, taking a 5- point lead into the stretch. Marshall (9-18, 3-9) failed to make any headway as UAB made 8-of-12 free throws in the final 2:10 to hang on for the win.
UAB shot only 34 percent from the floor, but the Blazers, who are second in the nation in rebounding average (45.3), gathered 51 rebounds in overpowering Marshall inside.
Fahro Alihodzic and Robert Williams scored 12 apiece, and C.J. Washington notched 10 rebounds for UAB.
Chris Thomas led the Thundering Herd with 22 points, while Cheikh Sane grabbed 12 rebounds.
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No. 24 Ohio St. 76,
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – LaQuinton Ross scored 16 points before being ejected because of a scuffle, leading No. 24 Ohio State to a 76-60 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night.
The scuffle late in the game delayed play for several minutes while the officials deliberated penalties for the players. Northwestern’s Nikola Cerina also was ejected from the game. The teams shot 10 free throws as a result of the shoving match.
The victory was Ohio State’s 33rd consecutive win over Northwestern in Columbus, dating to an 83-72 loss on Feb. 24, 1977, at old St. John Arena.
Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each added 14 points for Ohio State. Sam Thompson, who had not hit double figures in his last eight games, had 11 for the Buckeyes (21-6, 8-6 Big Ten), who have won five of their last six.
Mount Union 81,
Marietta College 77
MARIETTA – In a battle of Ohio Athletic Conference heavyweights, Mount Union held off Marietta College 81-77 Wednesday night at Ban Johnson Arena.
Trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, Marietta College (18-6, 13-4 OAC) pulled to within two at 79-77 on a 3-pointer from Garrett Stephenson with two seconds remaining in regulation. Mount Union (20-4, 15-2 OAC) iced the game one second later on pair of free throws from TJ Gillispie.
Stephenson led the Pioneers with 17 points, while Gillispie finished with a team-high 16 points.
Western Michigan 73, Ohio 63
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – David Brown scored 23 points as first-place Western Michigan beat Ohio 73-63 for its sixth straight win on Wednesday.
It was Western Michigan’s first win in Athens since Jan. 22, 2000
Connar Tava added 18 points for Western Michigan (17-8, 10-3 Mid-American Conference), while Shayne Whittington added 11 and 11 rebounds. Western Michigan made 50 percent of its shots and its defense forced 17 turnovers and collected 10 steals.
Nick Kellogg had 20, 17 in the second half, for Ohio (18-8, 8-5) and Maurice Ndour 14.
Western Michigan led 31-18 until Ndour started and ended a 6-0 run to close the half at 31-25.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Austin Richie and Brown gave Western Michigan a 45-32 lead and the Broncos would lead by double figures until Kellogg’s 3-pointer with 23 second left.
No. 13 West Virginia 77, No. 12 Oklahoma State 45
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Bria Holmes scored 20 points and Christal Caldwell added 15 as twelfth-ranked West Virginia throttled No. 13 Oklahoma State 77-45, holding the Cowgirls to 25 percent shooting on Wednesday night.
The Mountaineers (23-3, 12-2 Big 12) raced out 14-0 and were never threatened, leading by 18 at halftime and adding an 8-0 run to start the second half on a Caldwell jumper.
Oklahoma State (20-5, 9-5) was led by Tiffany Bias, who scored 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting. As a team, the Cowgirls connected on just 16 of 62 shots and were an even colder 1 of 18 on 3-pointers for a season-low 45 points.
The Mountaineers, who handed Oklahoma State its first loss of the season 71-67 in Stillwater on Jan. 4, harried the Cowgirls into 17 turnovers.
Asya Bussie added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers with Taylor Palmer adding 10 points and four assists.
Middle Tennessee 75, Marshall 36
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee’s defense was just too powerful for Marshall in a 75-36 victory over the Thundering Herd Wednesday night at the Murphy Center.
After falling behind 43-20 at halftime, Marshall managed just four field goals in the second half and shot just 16 percent (4-of-26) in those final 20 minutes.
In just 24 minutes of action, Middle Tennessee’s KeKe Stewart scored a game-high 19 points. Ebony Rowe added 14 points for Middle Tennessee (22-4, 11-1 C-USA), while Shanice Cason pitched in 10 points.
McKenzie Akers scored a team-high seven points for Marshall (9-16, 2-10 C-USA).
Mount Union 94,
Marietta College 83
ALLIANCE, Ohio – In a second half mark by numerous ties, Mount Union finally pulled away in the final five minutes of regulation to defeat Marietta College 94-83 on Wednesday night.
A pair of free throws from Marietta College’s Mackenzie Kiser at the 5:13 mark of the second half tied the game for the final time at 71 before Mount Union (12-12, 6-11 OAC) outscored the Pioneers 20-6 over a four-minute stretch.
Jessica Brogan led Marietta College (10-14, 4-13 OAC) with 26 points, while Tori Dixon pumped in 22 points. Heather Booth added 16 points for the Pioneers.
Five Mount Union players scored in double digits, including Annie Bova and Amanda Turner, who both led the way with 15 points.
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No. 17 West Virginia 84, Kansas St. 44.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Bria Holmes had a career-high 31 points and Taylor Palmer surpassed the 1,000 point-mark on Saturday as No. 17 West Virginia defeated Kansas 84-44.
Holmes reached the 30-point mark on a pair of free throws with 3:34 left and Palmer achieved her career milestone on a 3-pointer with 2:52 left in the first half. Palmer was also the last Mountaineer to score 30 or more when she had 30 against Oklahoma on Jan. 3, 2013.
The Mountaineers ended the first half on a 26-5 run to lead 43-24 at halftime. Holmes made 5 of 8 3-pointers and had 19 points before the break.
Christal Caldwell added 17 points and Palmer finished with 13 for WVU (20-3, 9-2 Big 12) which finished 11 of 19 from 3-point range.
Leticia Romero scored 12 points for Kansas State (9-13, 3-8) which shot just 26.7 percent from the field.
Glenville State 53, Charleston 50
GLENVILLE – Charleston held a 32-26 halftime cushion here Saturday afternoon, but No. 10 Glenville State used a 10-0 run to start the second half and never trailed again during its 53-50 Mountain East Conference victory against the Golden Eagles.
Nichole Perry led UC (14-7, 10-7) with a game-high 14 points, but her 3-point attempt with six seconds left and teammate Kayla Dozier’s trey attempt to tie it before the buzzer didn’t fall.
Keyanna Tate was the only Pioneer to crack double figures and finished with 12 points.
It was the lowest point total for GSC since an 86-45 loss back on Dec. 5 of 2009 against Division I Liberty University.
Aesha Peters grabbed a game-high nine boards and chipped in six markers for GSC, which won the turnover battle 18-6. Kenyona Simmons and Kenyell Goodson had eight points apiece in the triumph.
Former Marietta High School standout LeAnne Ross had five points and tied for a team-high six rebounds for UC.
Louisiana Tech 55
HUNTINGTON – McKenzie Akers had 18 points, Leah Scott went for 17 and Chukwuka Ezeigbo double-doubled with 10 points and as many rebounds on Saturday as Marshall University ran past visiting Louisiana Tech, 69-55.
Scott also had a double-double for the Thundering Herd (8-14, 1-8 C-USA) thanks to her game-high 10 assists.
Whitney Frazier’s double-double that featured a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds led the Louisiana Tech (7-15, 2-7) attack.
Bluefield State 69,
Ohio Valley 61
VIENNA – Bluefield State held host Ohio Valley to just 33.3 percent from the floor and won the rebounding battle 44-28 as the visitors picked up a 69-61 G-MAC victory Saturday afternoon inside the Snyder Activity Center.
Bluefield State was led by Tasia Nolan’s 14 points and game-high 15 rebounds. Jenaya Abernathy notched 11 points while Kearah Jefferys and Shae Gravely had 10 counters apiece.
Imani Ward scored a game-high 18 points for Ohio Valley, which also had double figure scoring efforts from Saira House (16) and Shelby Way (10).
Heidelberg 85, Marietta 79
TIFFIN, Ohio – Host Heidelberg handled Marietta College 85-79 in OAC basketball action Saturday afternoon.
Heidelberg (11-10, 4-10 OAC) was paced by Kathleen Phillips with 21 points, Jackie Abrecht with 11, and 10 each from Paige Ricketts and Molly Schriber.
For Marietta, now 10-11 overall and 4-10 in the OAC, Candice Alexander poured in 23 points, while Heather Booth had 18 and Jessica Brogan 15, and Tori Dixon added 12.
The next game for the Pioneers has them hosting Capital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Ohio 82, Miami (Ohio) 75
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – Nick Kellogg pumped in 27 points and Travis Wilkins added 23, both career highs, to lead Ohio to an 82-75 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.
Trailing 47-32 at the break, Ohio (17-6, 7-3 Mid-American Conference) rallied huge in the second half with a 22-5 run that included a trio of Wilkins 3-pointers. The lead went back and forth before the Bobcats took control with back-to-back 3-pointers from Kellogg to take a 68-65 lead they would pad and protect over the final 3 minutes.
Maurice Ndour contributed 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats, who hit 29 of 55 from field (53 percent) and were 11 of 29 from 3-point range.
Miami (9-12, 5-5) hit 25 of 53 overall but was held to just 12.5 percent shooting in the second half while being outscored 50-28.
Will Felder and Bill Edwards led the Redhawks with 19 points each.
Glenville State 57
GLENVILLE – Charleston dominated the glass 44-19 and led 39-19 at halftime here Saturday as the visiting Golden Eagles had no problem during a 78-57 Mountain East Conference victory against Glenville State.
Donte Morales put up 10 points and Kevin Gray had eight points and four steals for the Pioneers (12-8, 9-7).
Charleston (14-7, 11-6) had a quartet of double figure point-producers, led by Tino diTrapano’s 22 and Xavier Humphrey’s 17. Aleksander Kesic had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Eagles, who also received 16 tallies form Denzel Douglas.
Oakland City 89,
Ohio Valley 74
OAKLAND CITY, Ind. -Visiting Ohio Valley University got 23 points from Austin Parker here Saturday afternoon but the Fighting Scots dropped an 89-74 decision to Oakland City University (16-6).
OVU also got 18 points from Sequan Lawrence and 14 from David Sinickas.
Oakland City had six players reach double figures, led by Ryan Helfert and Brandon Morton with 16 points apiece.
OVU returns home on Thursday to play Davis & Elkins in a Mountain East Conference game. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Kent State-Tuscarawas 89
PARKERSBURG – Dillon McCarty hit 9 of 13 from the field and 14 of 16 from the foul line en route to a game-high 37 points on Saturday as host West Virginia University-Parkersburg picked up its first win of the season by knocking off visiting Kent State University-Tuscarawas, 99-89.
Keith Penn scored 26 points and J.T. Thurmond had 11 for 1-10 WVU-Parkersburg, which plays host at 7 p.m. Tuesday to Kentucky Christian.
Local College Basketball Roundup
Ohio Valley University 73
CLEVELAND – Ohio Valley University connected on just 39 percent from the floor and lost at Ursuline, 87-73, on Thursday night.
The Fighting Scots actually fared better from the field in the first half after shooting 42 percent, but trailed 47-33 at intermission.
Saira House led OVU (5-14, 2-8 G-MAC) with 18 points, while former Parkersburg standout Imani Ward added 13 points to go with nine rebounds. Teammate Kayla Parsley also scored in double figures with 10 points.
A total of five Ursuline players scored in double figures, including Jenny Grigsby, who knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points. Ursuline (10-10, 6-5 G-MAC) combined for 10 3-pointers, including two from Katie Cappello who scored 18 points.
Glenville State 122,
West Virginia State 89
INSTITUTE, W.Va. The No. 10 Glenville State Pioneers picked up a road victory over the West Virginia State University Yellow Jackets, 122-89, as they won their 19th game of the season.
Ashleigh Fossett scored all 14 of her points as the Pioneers rolled out to a 65-48 halftime advantage.
Tiffani Huffman’s 3-pointer with just under five minutes left in regulation gave GSC its largest lead at 34 (117-83).
A total of six players scored in double figures for GSC (19-2, 14-1 MEC), including Tasia Bistow with 23 points and Huffman with 21 points. The Pioneers also had two players produce double-doubles with Kenyona Simmons (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Aesha Peters (10 points, 13 rebounds).
Ameia Summersled six West Virginia State (13-9, 9-7 MEC) in double figures after scoring 19 points.
Buffalo 55, Ohio 43
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ohio University women’s basketball team (8-13, 3-7 MAC) suffered a 55-43 defeat at the hands of Mid-American Conference East Division foe Buffalo (13-8, 6-4 MAC) on Thursday at Alumni Arena.
The loss marked the sixth in a row for the Bobcats.
Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins and sophomore guard Kiyanna Black led Ohio with 12 points apiece. Lampkins also posted a career-high four blocks to go along with three steals. She reached double figures for the 11th time this season – including nine of the last 12 games and five of the last six. Black reached double digits for a team-high 13th time this season and fourth game in a row.
Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin and freshman forward Destini Cooper each hauled in seven rebounds to lead the Bobcats on the glass.
The Bobcats led, 20-18, at halftime and opened the second half by giving themselves their largest advantage of the day at six points on a layup by Baldwin that made it 24-18.
Buffalo answered back, though, by going on a 14-1 run that gave the Bulls a 32-25 edge with just over 13 minutes left.
Ohio countered with an 18-10 run and regained the lead courtesy of a trey by Baldwin with 4:23 remaining that gave the Bobcats a 43-42 lead.
The Bulls shut the Bobcats down over the final four minutes, though, scoring the game’s final 13 points to seal the win.
The Bobcats will host Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Convocation Center.
No. 25 Purdue 74,
Ohio State 58
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Courtney Moses scored 18 points and No. 25 Purdue made 27 of 29 free throws to turn back Ohio State 74-58 Thursday.
Liza Clemons added 14 points, April Wilson and reserve Whitney Bay both had 12 and Dee Williams added 10 for the Boilermakers (16-7, 6-5 Big Ten).
Ameryst Alston had 26 points for Ohio State (14-12, 4-6) and Raven Ferguson had 13 off the bench.
The Boilermakers led 33-24 at the half and pulled away by making all 22 of their free throws after the break.
It was Purdue’s first game without senior point guard KK Houser, who is out with a left knee injury suffered against Michigan State on Sunday. Houser, who started 66 straight games, leads the team in scoring at 15.9 points and 6.2 assists. Wilson stepped up with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Moses wore Houser’s No. 22.
MARIETTA- Marietta College defeated Muskingum University 82-73 Thursday night in women’s basketball action. With the win Marietta splits the season series with the Muskies and improves to 10-10 on the season. The Pioneers are 4-9 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Neither team took control in the first half as there were nine lead changes. Muskingum (5-14 overall, 3-10 OAC) jumped on top early with a couple of quick baskets but that four-point lead would be it’s biggest of the evening.
A layup from Paige Lamb with six minutes left in the opening period gave Marietta an eight-point lead, 29-21. The Pioneers led by four at the half, 36-32.
W.Va. State 78,
Glenville State 76
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Anton Hutchins’ tip-in with six seconds to go was the difference for West Virginia State here Thursday night inside Fleming Hall as the Yellow Jacket stung visiting Glenville State, 78-76, in a Mountain East Conference affair.
GSC (12-7, 9-6) lost the battle on the boards 47-26, but managed to rally from a 44-34 halftime deficit.
Steve Wing came off the bench for WVSU (8-11, 5-11) and finished with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with three steals and two blocks.
The Pioneers’ 20th turnover of the night followed Hutchins’ game-winning bucket.
Donte Morales led a quartet of Pioneers in double figures with 18 points. Reggie Williams tossed in 17 while Lamont Cole and Kevin Gray added 15 apiece on an evening when the G-men missed 17 of 20 from downtown.