MU Ends Season With 72-66 Loss At Ohio

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio Bobcats eliminated the Marshall Thundering Herd from the First Energy MAC Tournament with a 72-66 win at the Convo in First Round action Monday evening. Marshall's season ends at 6-22, 3-15 in the conference, while the Bobcats head to Cleveland to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes with a 18-10 overall record, 11-7 in the Mid-American Conference.

Ohio forward Terren Harbut led the Bobcat effort with 19 points, while Sonny Troutman (17), Mychal Green (16), and Leon Williams (13) added double-figures for Ohio.

Marshall was led by A.W. Hamilton, who scored 18 points including 12 in the final two minutes. Fellow senior Enoch Bunch was the only other Herd scorer in double-digits with 12 points.

Marshall never led in the game, but the Herd made it competitive throughout. Ohio led 48-43 with 8:37 in the second half, and then expanded their lead to 11 points with a 5-0 run over the next three minutes to build a cushion it would use the rest of the way. The Herd cut it to four points with 47 seconds to go (68-64), but could not get over the hump the rest of the way.

Ohio took a 33-28 halftime lead and never trailed in the first period. The Bobcats surged to a 10-0 lead to start the contest, but the Thundering Herd gradually clawed back in the game and got as close as one on a three-point basket by freshman Casey Wohlleb at 22-21 with 8:38 to go in the half. Ohio upped its lead to 26-23 two minutes later, but a Joe Miles three-pointer tied the score at 26 with 4:48 to go in the period. Ohio responded with a 7-2 run to close out the half, and took the five-point margin into the locker room.

Marshall out-shot the Bobcats 43.5% to 42.9%, but the Herd turned the ball over 12 times in the first half. However, the Herd did out-score Ohio 13-0 in bench points. Miles led the Herd at the break with five points, as nine different Marshall players scored in the first half.

For the game, Ohio shot 50% from the floor compared to 45.1% for the Herd. The deciding statistic for the game was the Bobcats' ability to get to the free throw line - Marshall made 10-of-11, while Ohio knocked in 24-of-41 free throws.

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