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Marshall scores final 12 points to rally

Herd hit three 3-pointers to erase 7-point deficit

ATHENS – Marshall scored the final 12 points to rally past Ohio 74-69 on Saturday at The Convo.

The Bobcats (5-4) took a 69-62 lead on an AJ Clayton layup with 2:11 remaining but did not score again after that.

Kamdyn Curfman and Cameron Crawford hit back-to-back 3-pointers for the Thundering Herd (3-6) to cut their deficit to one. The Bobcats missed two shots on their next possession, and Marshall struck from deep again. This time, Obinna Anochili-Killen hit the go-ahead shot to make it 71-69 with 22 seconds to play.

Jaylin Hunter missed a layup try for Ohio, and after Anochili-Killen made one free throw, the Thundering Herd fouled Shareef Mitchell to prevent a shot at a tying 3-pointer. He missed on the front end of a one-and-one, Marshall rebounded, and the Bobcats fouled. Kevon Voyles put the game away by making two foul shots.

Hunter led the Bobcats with 19 points and five assists, but he went just 2 of 10 on 3-pointers. Mitchell scored 12 points, and Clayton reached double figures with 10 points. Elmore James had nine points and eight rebounds.

Anochili-Killen and Voyles tallied 18 points each to lead Marshall. Curfman had 14 points, and Crawford scored 12.

The Thundering Herd had a five-point lead five minutes into the second half, but the Bobcats went on a 10-0 run to move in front 54-49. The lead reached six on an Aidan Hadaway 3-pointer with nine minutes left, and then after it was cut to one, Ohio scored six straight, going up 67-60 on a pair of Clayton free throws with 2:47 to play.

Ohio opened the game with an early 9-2 lead, but Marshall scored seven straight to tie it. The Bobcats’ biggest lead was 34-25 on a pair of James free throws with less than five minutes left in the half. Marshall was able to get back to within a point at 38-37 by halftime.

AJ Brown, who missed minutes in each of the last two games with injuries, played 22 minutes Saturday and scored seven points on 2-of-10 shooting. He had six rebounds.

The Bobcats shot just 36.2% on the day and made only 6 of 26 3-pointers. They were 13 of 15 on free throws. Ohio had 14 offensive rebounds to help stay in it despite Marshall shooting much better at 49.1% for the game, including 8 of 18 on 3-pointers. The Thundering Herd’s 14-of-26 free-throw shooting performance also benefitted Ohio.

Ohio gets more than a week break before hosting Defiance at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at The Convo.

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