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Toledo runs past Ohio 95-78

Rockets put 6 players in dougle figures

TOLEDO – Toledo had a big first half and cruised past Ohio 95-78 to remain undefeated in Mid-American Conference play Friday night at Savage Arena.

The Rockets led by as many as 21 points late in the first half, and their advantage remained in double digits throughout the rest of the game.

Six Toledo players – and nearly a seventh – scored in double figures, led by Marreon Jackson with 18 points. He added six rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Freshman Mark Sears led the Bobcats (6-5, 2-3 MAC) with 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added five assists. Ben Vander Plas had 14 points, but it came on just 4-of-12 shooting.

"That's a really good team,” Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. “They have a lot of skill players and they play well together. Obviously, they were on tonight. A lot of it was them and a lot of it was us. It had an Akron feel to it where they dictated both ends of the floor. They slowed us down. And when teams do that, you have to be in attack mode.”

A Sears 3-pointer tied the game at 6 early, but Toledo (10-3, 5-0 MAC) made its first run of the game after that, scoring 11 straight points while holding Ohio scoreless for nearly five minutes.

The Bobcats answered back once, ending the run with a Sears 3-pointer and then getting as close as 17-14 on a Dwight Wilson III jumper. But the Rockets came right back and went up 31-18 on a Setric Millner Jr. 3-pointer. The first-half lead peaked at 47-26 on a Spencer Littleson jumper with 1:35 to go.

After trailing 48-32 at halftime, Ohio got as close as 56-46 on a Vander Plas 3-pointer with 15:43 remaining. Toledo, though, worked its lead back up to as big as 93-68 on a Keshaun Saunders dunk with 1:57 to go.

“I'm not sure how many layups we missed, but it was a lot of layups,” Boals said. “We got the ball where we wanted it to be, but we missed it. We fought and battled, and we cut it to like seven or eight in the second half, but couldn't get over the hump. Give them a lot of credit for that.”

One game after scoring 25 points, Wilson was held to 13 points and four rebounds for Ohio. Miles Brown finished with 10 points.

Ryan Rollins had 16 points, Shumate 15 points, Littleson 14 points and Millner 13 points to round out the Rockets starting lineup. Keshauan Saunders had 11 points off the bench, and Mattia Acunzo had eight points. Toledo shot 61.8%.

Ohio hosts Miami at 7 p.m. Tuesday on CBS Sports Network.

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