Local College Basketball Roundup
No. 23 Iowa 77,
Ohio State 73
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Theairra Taylor scored 21 points and made a go-ahead layup with 1:32 left as fifth-seeded and No. 23-ranked Iowa held on for a 77-73 win over eighth-seeded Ohio State on Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
Iowa will play third-seeded and No. 16-ranked Nebraska in the championship game on Sunday.
After Taylor’s go-ahead layup gave Iowa (26-7) a 75-73 lead, Ameryst Alston missed a layup on Ohio State’s ensuing possession. Martina Ellerbe then missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer for Ohio State (17-18) with 10 seconds left and Melissa Dixon sunk two free throws for Iowa with a second remaining as the Hawkeyes advanced to the Big Ten title game for the first time since 2010.
Bethany Doolittle and Ally Disterhoft each added 18 points and Melissa Dixon scored 16 for Iowa, which never trailed the entire game.
Alston led Ohio State with 20 points while Ellerbe and Darryce Moore each added 15 for the Buckeyes.
Miami Ohio 68,
OXFORD, Ohio -The Ohio University women’s basketball team (9-20, 4-14 MAC) concluded its 2013-14 regular season with a 68-63 loss to Miami (8-21, 4-14 MAC) on Saturdayin the Battle of the Bricks at Millett Hall.
The Bobcats will be the No. 11 seed and visit No. 7-seeded Toledo (14-15, 9-9 MAC) in the Mid-American Conference Tournament First Round on Monday. Tip-off at Savage Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The winner will advance to play either No. 7-seeded Western Michigan or No. 10-seeded Miami on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Ohio fell to Toledo twice in the regular season – dropping a 64-62 decision on Jan. 26 at the Convocation Center in Athens and falling by a 62-58 count on Feb. 15 in Toledo.
The Bobcats and Rockets are meeting in the MAC Tournament for the sixth time, with Toledo winning the previous five matchups – most recently earning a 77-70 win in the quarterfinals on March 13, 2009, in Cleveland.
Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins led the way for the ‘Cats on Saturday at Miami, tallying 17 points with a 5-for-10 effort from the field and sinking all seven of her free throw attempts.
She hit double figures in scoring for the 15th time – including the 13th time in the last 20 games. Lampkins has led Ohio in scoring on six occasions.
Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black came off the bench to score 13 points, reaching double digits for a team-high 17th time.
Junior guard Mariah Byard knocked down three treys to total nine points. Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin chipped in eight points.
No. 1 Glenville State 103, No. 4 W.Va. State 75
CHARLESTON – Glenville State College head coach Charles Marshall’s Pioneers moved one step closer to winning the inaugural Mountain East Conference tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The top-seeded Pioneers bolted out to a 52-32 halftime lead and never looked back as fourth-seeded W.Va. State suffered a 103-75 semifinal setback.
Pioneer Kenyell Goodson had a team-high 22 points. GSC will face No. 3 Charleston at 1 p.m. today inside the Charleston Civic Center for the championship.
During the regular season, Glenville State won both meetings, 90-78 at UC’s Eddie King Gym and 53-50 at the Jesse R. Lilly Gymnasium in Glenville.
Lexy Carson led all scorers with 26 points for the 19-11 Yellow Jackets, who received the only double-double from Shealyn Shafer with 16 points and 13 boards. Jordan Brock had 11 points and Asia Greenleaf 11 boards and three blocks in the setback.
Keyanna Tate (14), Tasia Bistow (13), Tiffani Huffman (11), Kenyona Simmons (11) and Ashleigh Fossett (10) also scored in double figures for the 27-3 Pioneers, who hit 16 of 36 from downtown.
No. 3 Charleston 76, No. 2 West Liberty 49
CHARLESTON – West Liberty’s Liz Flowers tied for game-high scoring honors with 20 points, but the second-seeded Hilltoppers got off to a horrid start on Saturday and were eliminated by No. 3 Charleston, 76-49, in the Mountain East Conference semifinals.
The 20-10 Hilltoppers, who shot just 21.7 percent from the floor in the first half and missed all nine of their 3s, trailed 44-17 at halftime and went just 2 of 23 from downtown for the contest.
UC (21-7) was led by Chyress Lockhart’s 20 points.
Kali Cuttaia and Kiara Johnson came off the Golden Eagle bench to toss in 12 and 10 markers, respectively.
Miami (Ohio) 76, OT
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) – Maurice Ndour and Javarez Willis scored 15 points apiece as Ohio rallied for an 82-76 overtime win in the Battle of the Bricks against Miami (Ohio) Saturday.
Nick Kellogg added 14 points and Antonio Campbell 13 for Ohio (21-10, 11-7 Mid-American Conference).
The Bobcats tied the game in the waning seconds on an acrobatic layup from Ndour and nearly stunned Miami (12-17, 8-10) in regulation before pulling away during overtime.
Following Ndour’s make, Kellogg stole the ensuing inbounds pass but stepped out of bounds with .2 seconds remaining as he corralled the ball and drained a 3-pointer.
Kellogg hit a 3 for a 71-70 overtime lead and Willis added another with 2:07 left for a 74-70 advantage.
The Bobcats hit 6 of 8 free throws in the final 40 seconds to hold on.
Willie Moore led the RedHawks with 24 points. Quinten Rollins and Will Sullivan each had 12.
No. 2 Charleston 76,
No. 3 Glenville 65
CHARLESTON – No. 2 Charleston punched its ticket to today’s 3:30 p.m. Mountain East Conference title game against top-seeded West Liberty here Saturay inside the Charleston Civic Center after handing No. 3 Glenville State a 76-65 setback.
The 18-10 Pioneers were minus-nine on points off turnovers and also canned just 3 of 19 shots from downtown while the Golden Eagles (20-8) connected on 9 of 21 from deep.
Reggie Williams had a game-high 16 points for the Pioneers, who got 14 more from Lamont Cole along with 10 markers and nine boards by Lamar Mallory.
UC, which held a 34-30 advantage at intermission, had five players reach double figures in scoring. Xavier Humphrey had 15 points while Denzel Douglas and Fred Simpson tallied 14 apiece.
Douglas also had game-highs of nine assists and four steals.
No. 1 West Liberty 97, No. 4 Fairmont State 87
CHARLESTON – No. 4 Fairmont State (20-10) shot 53 percent from the field and made a run in the second half, but it wasn’t quite enough during Saturday night’s MEC semifinal as top-seeded West Liberty led from start to finish during a 97-87 victory.
CJ Hester had 25 points and Cedric Harris finished with 24 to lead the 26-2 Hilltoppers, who also got 11 points, three boards and a block from former Parkersburg Big Red Devin Hoehn.
Fairmont State, which found itself behind 50-32 at halftime, was led by Stevie Browning’s 24 points and Chase Morgan’s 18.
Local College Basketball Roundup
KENT STATE 75, OHIO 61
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – Devareaux Manley scored 17 points and Derek Jackson added 16 as Kent State topped Ohio 75-61 on Saturday.
Kent State (16-13, 7-9 Mid-American) used a 17-0 run to open a 20-8 lead and maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the remainder of the game.
The Golden Flashes shot 48.9 percent from the field, including 9 of 14 from long range with Manley hitting 5 of 6 to lead Kent State. The Golden Flashes also made 22 of 25 free throws, led by Kellon Thomas who was 9 of 10.
Kris Brewer added 12 points and eight assists for Kent State.
Travis Wilkins scored 14 points to lead Ohio (19-10, 9-7).
Kent State avenged a 59-53 loss at home to the Bobcats and improved to 11-52 all-time at Ohio. The win in Athens was the first for Kent State since 2011.
GLENVILLE STATE 78,
W.VA. WESLEYAN 58
BUCKHANNON – Glenville State improved to 14-8 on the season Saturday with a 78-58 victory over host West Virginia Wesleyan.
Lamar Mallory led GSC with 20 points, followed by Donte Morales with 17, Kevin Gray with 14 and Brett Morris with 10.
Wesleyan (14-7) was paced by Tanner McGrew with 17 points, while Chris Dewberry netted 14 and T.J. Thompson added 11.
CENTRAL STATE 78,
OHIO VALLEY 77
VIENNA – Ohio Valley University, although trailing most of the game, came close to notching a win over visiting Central State Saturday afternoon.
But in the end, the Fighting Scots fell a point short, losing 78-77.
Amanda Pierce hit a jumper with 28 seconds left to give Central a 78-74 lead before OVU’s Saira House converted a three-point play with 0:22 to go to narrow the gap to just one.
No one scored the rest of the game though, including the Scots’ Meghan Miller on a 3-point shot at the buzzer.
Central State (8-16, 4-12 G-MAC ) was led by Pierce with 30, followed by Iniquia Snell with 19.
OVU (8-18, 5-11 G-MAC) was paced by House with 22 points. Also, Shelby Way tossed in 16, Kayla Parsley 15 and Ghameerah McClullers 12 for the Scots.
GLENVILLE STATE 88,
W.VA. WESLEYAN 80
BUCKHANNON – Underdog West Virginia Wesleyan gave Glenville State all the Pioneers could handle Saturday afternoon, but visiting GSC eventually prevailed 88-80.
For the Pioneers, now 25-3, they were led by Kenyell Goodson with 17 points, including five of GSC’s 13 treys in the game.
Ashleigh Fossett netted 13 points for the Pioneers, while Keyanna Tate tallied 12, and Kenyona Simmons and Briauna Nix each added 10.
Wesleyan, only 2-24, got a 23-point scoring effort from Chloe Bland, followed by Brittany Williams with 12 points, Allie Browne with 11, and Kiki DeVane and Lauren Graham with 10 each.
CHARLOTTE 87, MARSHALL 57
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A balanced scoring attack led by an upperclassman was not enough for the Marshall women’s basketball team at Charlotte as the Thundering Herd fell 87-57 on Saturday night.
With the loss, Marshall completed Conference USA road play at 0-8, falling to 9-19 overall, 2-13 in the league. Charlotte improved to 14-13, 8-6 in the league. The 49ers now lead the series with the Herd, 2-1.
In the first six minutes of play, Marshall and Charlotte traded leads six times with three ties. The game’s fourth tie ensued at 11:36, 16-16, until the 49ers pulled ahead to a 21-16 lead at 10:12. Charlotte did not surrender the lead for the remainder of the half, going up by as many as 19 with 13 seconds until the break. From the 11:56 mark until halftime, the Herd went cold, shooting 2-of-1 from the field. Dickens drove in for a layup as time expired to settle the score at 39-23 in Charlotte’s favor.
After opening the second period going 3-of-7 from the field in the first four minutes, Marshall was held scoreless from 16:35 to 13:39, enduring an 0-of-6 drought. During that time, Charlotte went on a hot streak, without a miss from 19:39 to 14:09 and making eight consecutive buckets to go up, 59-32, for its largest lead of 27.