Marshall 71, Ohio 68

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ATHENS, Ohio (AP)—Marvin Black scored 15 points and made two crucial free throws with four seconds remaining, helping Marshall hold off Ohio 71-68 Sunday after nearly blowing a 22-point lead.

The Bobcats (9-18, 6-10 Mid-American Conference) outscored the Herd (10-15, 7-9) 49-32 in the second half, including 14-6 over the final two minutes.

Jeff Halbert’s two free throws pulled Ohio to 69-68 with five seconds remaining. Thomas Stephens missed a 3-pointer to tie at the buzzer after Black’s free throws gave Marshall a three-point lead.

Black finished 7-for-8 at the line and added nine rebounds. Tre Whitted scored 17 points, Ronny Dawn had 12 and Enoch Bunch 11 for Marshall.

Sonny Troutman led Ohio with 28 points. He made 9-of-13 field goals, including 4-of-5 3-pointers, and connected on 6-of-7 at the line. James Bridgewater added 11 points for the Bobcats.

Marshall closed the first half on a 19-4 run to lead 39-19 at the break and scored the first basket after halftime for its biggest advantage at 41-19. The Herd shot 53.3 percent in the first half to 29.6 percent for Ohio.

The Bobcats still trailed by 17 points with 8:00 remaining when Troutman hit a layup, 3-pointer and two free throws in a 9-2 run that cut the Herd’s lead to 58-49 with 4:42 to play.

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