OU Bobcats Keep Marshall At Bay With 77-68 Win

ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio freshman forward Leon Williams scored 16 points to lead the Bobcats over the Thundering Herd, 77-68, Sunday afternoon at the Convo in Mid-American Conference basketball action. Ohio improves to 6-5, 1-2 in the conference, while the Herd falls to 2-10, 0-4 in the league.

Marshall never led in the contest, and could never recover from an early Bobcat spurt in the beginning of the first half. With the score tied at four at the 17:03 mark, Ohio scored 11 of the game's next 14 points over the next three and a half minutes, pushing their lead to a commanding eight points, 15-7.

The Herd got within four points on several occasions in the first half, but the Bobcats went into the halftime break with a 34-27 lead. MU trailed by ten until freshman Casey Wohlleb (Boca Raton, Fla.) knocked in his only three-pointer of the game as time expired at the end of the half, cutting the margin to seven.

Ohio maintained the lead in the second half and pushed their advantage to as many as 13 points at one point. Marshall flurried late in the game, trimming the Bobcat lead to four with 32 seconds to go in the game, but never got any closer.

For the game, Marshall shot 46.3% from the floor, compared to 44.9% for Ohio, but the deciding statistic of the game was Ohio's ability to get to the free throw line. The Bobcats made 28-of-38 (73.7%) shots from the charity stripe, while the Herd managed only 12 free throw opportunities, making eight of them (66.7%). Ohio out-rebounded Marshall 31-30, and committed only nine turnovers, compared to 15 for the Herd.

Freshman Joe Miles continued his double-digit scoring streak alive with a team-high 16 points. Mark Patton tallied 14 points and led the team with eight rebounds, while LaVar Carter scored 12 points and Tre Whitted added ten points for the Thundering Herd.

For Ohio, Sonny Troutman scored 14 points, while Mychal Green, Jeremy Fears, and Jeff Halbert each added 13 points.

Marshall's next game is the Toyota Capital Classic against intrastate rival West Virginia in Charleston, W.Va. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.

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