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Wilson scores 31 as Bobcats take down Broncos

Ohio gets 2nd straight victory with 88-76 win

ATHENS – Ohio had another career night, this time from Dwight Wilson III, who scored 31 points to lead the Bobcats to an 88-76 victory against Western Michigan on Tuesday night at The Convo.

Wilson went 13 of 16 from the field and 5 of 7 at the foul line and added 11 rebounds, including five of them on the offensive end.

AJ Brown added 16 points, AJ Clayton scored 13 points, and Jaylin Hunter reached double figures with 12 points for Ohio (11-9, 3-4 Mid-American Conference).

"We shared the basketball and had some really good individual performances,” Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. “Big key like we've been talking about was five total turnovers and one in the second half. When we take care of the ball, we get good shots and good things are gonna happen.”

Lamar Norman Jr. finished with 16 points to lead the Broncos (6-14, 2-5 MAC).

Despite Wilson’s monster game, Western Michigan hung around, even taking a 51-50 lead on a Tray Maddox Jr. 3-pointer with 13:35 remaining. Ohio immediately took the lead back on a Hunter basket but did not pull away until the final six minutes.

Hunter made a jumper that was the start of a 10-0 run. Wilson scored in the paint, and after two Clayton free throws, Wilson scored a layup to make it 75-65. A Wilson dunk put the Bobcats up 12 with 3:47 remaining. A fast-break dunk by AJ Brown gave Ohio its biggest lead of 85-69 with 1:03 to play.

Wilson capped a 9-1 run in the first half that gave the Bobcats a 21-13 lead. The Broncos rallied to go on top 28-27 on a Norman 3-pointer at the 4:50 mark. Norman added another trey and two points in the paint to make it 33-29.

Down 35-31, Ohio scored the final eight points of the first half, getting a Brown jumper and then 3-pointers by Hunter and Clayton, to take a 39-35 lead.

“AJ Clayton, AJ Brown were really big off the bench and gave us a good left scoring and rebounding defensively,” Boals said. “And then Dwight Wilson, was a man. A phenomenal individual performance. Our guys did a great job of feeding the basketball, putting him in a position to score and he definitely delivered it."

Ben Roderick finished with nine points for Ohio. Hunter dished out six assists.

One game after a career-high 27 points, Miles Brown scored just three points on 0-for-5 shooting.

Titus Wright had 16 points, and Maddox Jr. finished with 10 for the Broncos.

Ohio looks for its first MAC road win when it takes on Akron at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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