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Ohio leads from start to finish in 75-65 win over Marshall

Sears leads Bobcats with 24 points

ATHENS – Mark Sears scored 24 points, and Ohio led from start to finish in a 75-65 victory against Marshall on Wednesday night at The Convo.

Jason Carter added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats (8-2).

Ben Vander Plas scored the game’s first points after the first of 22 Thundering Herd turnovers, and Ohio led the rest of the night.

A 3-pointer by Miles Brown started an 8-0 run that moved Ohio’s first-half lead to double digits. After two Ben Roderick free throws, Mark Sears drained a 3-pointer to make it 30-19.

Baskets by Roderick and Carter put Ohio up 43-28 early in the second half, and a Carter three-point play extended the advantage to 16, and the lead was as big as 53-36 on a pair of Sears free throws with 14:08 remaining.

From there, the Bobcats were up double digits until a Darius George offensive rebound and dunk made it 59-50 with 6:20 to go. A short time later, David Early’s four-point play cut Marshall’s deficit to 61-54.

Carter helped keep the Bobcats in control, though. He made two free throws and then came up with an offensive rebound and three down a powerful dunk through contact. He converted the three-point play to push Ohio’s lead to 66-54.

Marshall made one more push, getting as close as 68-63 on an Andrew Taylor 3-pointer, but Sears answered with one of his own, and Ohio hit four free throws after that to close it out.

Obinna Anochili-Killen led the Thundering Herd with 18 points and nine rebounds. Taevion Kinsey, a top 10 scorer in the nation, had 16 points on 4-of-18 shooting with seven turnovers. Early scored 14 points, and Taylor finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Vander Plas did not score again after opening making the first basket, finishing 1-for-8, but he had six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Roderick finished with 10 points despite going 0-for-4 on 3-pointers.

Ohio went 24 of 26 from the foul line, while Marshall was 10 of 13.

The Bobcats host USC Upstate to wrap up non-conference play at noon Tuesday at The Convo.

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