Men’s College Basketball Roundup
Conference USA Tournament
Old Dominion 73, Marshall 58
EL PASO, Texas (AP) – Aaron Bacote scored 25 points and sixth-seeded Old Dominion pulled away in the second half to defeat 14th-seeded Marshall 73-58 on Wednesday in the second round of the Conference USA tournament.
The Monarchs (16-16) advanced to play third-seeded Middle Tennessee in a Thursday quarterfinal.
Bacote, who also had eight rebounds, finished three points shy of his career high. He made 13 of 18 free throws with the Monarchs sinking 23 of 32 from the line. Dimitri Batten added 13 points and seven boards for ODU, which outrebounded Marshall 39-26.
Kareem Canty scored 17 points for Marshall (11-22), but was scoreless in the first half and made only 1 of 8 3-point attempts. Shawn Smith added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Leading by two at halftime, ODU never trailed in the second half. The Monarchs outscored the Thundering Herd 19-8 over a 6-minute stretch to lead 62-46 with 3:57 left.
Mid-American Conference Tournament
Ohio 63, Miami (Ohio) 55
CLEVELAND (AP) – Nick Kellogg had 20 points, including a key late three-point play, as Ohio defeated Miami (Ohio) 63-55 in a second-round game at the Mid-American Conference tournament Wednesday.
The victory over the eighth-seeded RedHawks sent the fifth-seeded Bobcats (23-10) into a Thursday semifinal with No. 4 seed Akron.
With Ohio up one point with 38 seconds left, Kellogg got behind the RedHawks’ full-court pressure to score on a breakaway layup. He added a free throw for a 59-55 lead.
Javarez Willis, who scored 13 points, added two free throws and Kellogg another layup for the final eight-point margin, largest of the second half. Maurice Ndour added 12 points for Ohio.
Willie Moore scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the RedHawks (13-18) with Jaryd Eustace adding 15 points.
The Bobcats led 27-23 at halftime. The score was tied five times and lead changed hands six times in the second half.