Area College Basketball Roundup
Central Florida 71
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Elijah Pittman led four starters in double figures with 20 points and Nigel Spikes scored 10 of his 11 points in the second half of Marshall’s 75-71 win over Central Florida on Saturday.
D.D. Scarver, the only Conference USA player to make at least one 3-pointer in every game, added 16 points for Marshall (10-12, 3-4) and Dennis Tinnon had 13. DeAndre Kane dished out 12 assists for Marshall, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Spikes, who had just one point in the first half, broke a 55-all tie with four straight free throws with just over 6 minutes remaining. The center sandwiched two layups around two Scarver free throws to put Marshall up for good, 68-64, with 1:16 left to play.
Keith Clanton had 24 points and nine rebounds for UCF (15-6, 5-2) but had six of the Knights’ 12 turnovers. UCF had its four-game winning streak snapped.
Akron 86, Ohio 72
AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Alex Abreu had 21 points and nine assists to lead Akron past Ohio 86-72 Saturday night in a meeting of the Mid-American Conference’s two unbeaten teams.
The Zips (17-4, 8-0), the defending MAC regular-season champion, won their 13th consecutive game, the longest streak in Division I after Kansas lost Saturday to Oklahoma State.
Zeke Marshall and Demetrius Treadwell contributed double-doubles for Akron. Marshall had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Treadwell 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats (15-6, 6-1), who had won seven straight, beat Akron in their last meeting, last season’s MAC tournament final.
Abreu’s 10 points in the final 10 minutes before halftime helped the Zips outscore the Bobcats 31-13 after trailing 23-10.
Nick Kellogg scored 15 points for Ohio and D.J. Cooper had 14 points and six assists. Cooper passed Grayson Marshall (Clemson, 1984-88) for 19th on the all-time Division I assists list and now has 861.
Marietta College 92,
MARIETTA – Visiting Heidelberg gave Marietta more than expected Saturday afternoon but the Pioneers managed to rally from a 39-27 halftime deficit to pull out a 92-89 Ohio Athletic Conference win.
The Pioneers (16-5 overall, 12-2 OAC) displayed a balanced attack led by four double-digit scorers in Tyler Worstell with 22, Garrett Stephenson (20), JJ Martin (18) and Tyler hammond 17.
Heidelberg (9-12, 4-10) got a game-high 26 points from Mike Petrie while Ishaam Smith Jr. added 18, Nate Davis 15 and Dane Givener 12.
Marietta will entertain Capital on Wednesday.
Ohio Valley 69
VIENNA – Charleston’s Quincy Washington scored 32 points and teammate Evan Faulkner chipped in 27 as the visiting Golden Eagles downed Ohio Valley, 96-69, on Saturday afternoon at the Snyder Activity Center.
Washington and Faulkner both scored 13 points in the first half as UC took a 40-34 halftime lead. That lead quickly grew in the second half as Charleston went on an 18-6 run to got up by 20 with 14:37 left in the game.
Both Washington and Faulkner were big reasons why UC pulled away from the Fighting Scots as they scored 19 and 14 points respectively in the second-half to put the game out of reach for the home team.
OVU was outshot 47 to 39 percent including hitting just 32 percent in the firsthalf.
Leading the way for the Fighting Scots was Ashton Brown who scored 17 points and dished out seven assists.
Next up for Ohio Valley is a trip to No. 3 West Liberty (17-1) on Monday night.
Ohio Valley 77
VIENNA -Kaley Parsley scored 22 points for the host Fighting Scots (1-18, 1-14 WVIAC) but it proved not to be enough as the University of Charleston (11-8, 8-7 WVIAC) took down their hosts, 89-77, Saturday afternoon at the Snyder Activity Center.
The Golden Eagles took a 47-38 lead into halftime courtesy of Jessi Cowden’s 13 point first-half effort. Cowden scored 26 points for the game and pulled down 11 boards to record the only double-double of the contest. The Scots narrowed the margin to seven points with 9:40 left in the game but that was as close as they would get as Charleston pulled away down the stretch.
The Fighting Scots outshot their hosts 48 to 41 percent but were outrebounded 46 to 36.
OVU travels to West Liberty on Monday.
MARIETTA -Two teams with just one league win apiece met Saturday afternoon at Marietta College and once the dust had settled, the Pioneers had recorded Ohio Athletic Conference win No. 2, holding off visiting Heidelberg, 69-64.
Marietta (7-14, 2-12), led 35-24 at halftime before Heidelberg closed the gap and made it exciting down the stretch.
Leading the way for the Pioneers was Tori Dixon with 21 points, including five 3-point field goals. Candice Alexander added 15 points and 10 rebounds to record a double-double. Krissy Rowe also hit double figures with a 10-point effort. She also dished out a game-high seven assists.
Heidelberg (5-16, 1-13) got 21 points from Kathleen Phillips, 16 from Megan Miller and 13 from Paige Ricketts.
Marietta returns to action on Wednesday, when the Pioneers visit Capital.