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Bobcats win on Wilson's shot at the buzzer

Ohio gets first road win of the year at Youngstown State

YOUNGSTOWN – Dwight Wilson’s shot hung on the rim and fell through at the buzzer to give Ohio an 81-79 victory against Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon at the Beeghly Center.

Dwayne Cohill’s 3-pointer tied the game with 1.9 seconds left. The Bobcats’ initial inbounds pass was deflected out of bounds at halfcourt. That allowed a better opportunity, and Ohio took advantage.

Wilson got isolated on the block. He received the inbounds pass from Ben Roderick. He powered a shot up over a defender who got a hand on the ball, which wound on the back side of the rim. It took a few short bounces before falling back through for the win.

"It's great to turn that corner and be able to get the stops when we needed to and finally get our first win on the road and get some momentum," Wilson said. "It feels great. We're young and I want to get this team in this program back to winning at a high level. it's not an easy job but we were able to do it today."

Jaylin Hunter led the Bobcats (5-4) with 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds, with freshman AJ Brown coming up big by scoring 16 points. DeVon Baker added 15 points. Both Wilson and AJ Clayton had double-doubles of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Youngstown State (7-4) trailed by 44-31 at halftime and by 16 points after a Baker 3-pointer to start the second half but quickly got back in it for a tight finish. The Penguins tied the game at 54 with 12:38 remaining on a 3-pointer by Brandon Rush, who scored a game-high 26 points.

Ohio pushed its lead back up to as much as six at 71-65 with 6:34 to go on a Hunter jumper, but Youngstown State took the lead, 73-72, on a Malek Green layup on a steal and assist from Rush with three minutes to go.

After a 3-pointer by Hunter, Green scored to tie the score at 75, and an Adrian Nelson free throw put the Penguins on top again. Wilson scored following an offensive rebound, and following a turnover, Brown hit two free throws with 17 seconds left, extending Ohio’s lead to 79-76.

Rush missed a 3-pointer, and the Penguins were forced to foul. Clayton missed on the front end of a one-and-one with seven seconds left, and Cohill tied the game with a quick 3-pointer.

The Bobcats controlled the first half, starting with an 8-0 run to begin the game. The Penguins got as close as two before Ohio extended the lead to as big as 38-24 on a Hunter 3-pointer at the 4:13 mark.

"When you go on the road, you got to find a way to win" Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. "And we obviously made it interesting at the end, but our guys made some big time plays."

Cohill had 16 points and nine assists, while Green finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Penguins. Bryce McBride had 10 points off the bench.

Youngstown State shot just 39.7% in the game, including 30.6% in the first half, but it made 14 of 15 free throws and took advantage of 16 Ohio turnovers.

The Bobcats take on Florida at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, on ESPN2.

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