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Hunter scores 22 in rivalry victory

Bobcats answer RedHawks runs, win 3rd straight

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ATHENS – Jaylin Hunter scored 22 points as Ohio held off a late Miami run for a 78-69 victory in the Battle of the Bricks rivalry game Saturday at The Convo.

Shareef Mitchell added 16 points, AJ Clayton knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 15 points, and Miles Brown had 12 points with a team-leading eight rebounds for the Bobcats (12-10, 6-4 Mid-American Conference).

Ohio had control throughout the second half and fought off pushes by Miami. The RedHawks cut a 12-point deficit with 12 minutes left to five with a quick 7-0 run and later had a 9-0 run to make it a 64-61 game, but each time the Bobcats responded.

Brown hit three free throws with 4:12 remaining, and Mitchell drained a 3-pointer to keep Miami at bay the final time. It got no closer than six in the closing minutes.

Before that, it was a Jaylin Hunter layup following an Aidan Hadaway offensive rebound, then a steal and layup by Hunter before a Clayton 3-pointer that pushed Ohio’s advantage back out to 12.

The RedHawks led by as much as 19-10 eight minutes into the game. Clayton scored 12 straight Bobcats points on four 3-pointers, quickly turning the game in favor of Ohio 22-21.

Miami’s final lead was 27-25 ahead of a Brown 3-pointer with 6:34 left in the half. That was the start of a 10-0 run capped by a Hunter trey to make it 35-27. The Bobcats led 39-32 at halftime.

Anderson Mirambeaux led Miami with 16 points off the bench in 22 minutes. Eian Elmer had 14 points and nine rebounds, while Bradley Dean scored 10 points.

Ohio shot the ball better than Miami at 52.9% to 39.0% and was deadly from long range, going 15 of 29 (51.7%). The RedHawks got to the foul line and made 16 of 18 attempts to make up for some of it.

The Bobcats have matched their longest winning streak of three games and have won five of their last six. They look to stay hot when they take on Ball State at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Muncie, Indiana.

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