Tulsa tops Marshall; Ohio beats Central MichiganPublished 12:44am Monday, February 6, 2012
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points and Tulsa won its seventh straight game Saturday night, defeating Marshall 79-70.lights
Steven Idlet was 10 for 10 from the free-throw line and finished with 16 points for the Golden Hurricane (14-9, 7-2 Conference USA), and Tim Peete added 14 points.
Damier Pitts and DeAndre Kane led Marshall (14-9, 5-4) with 21 points apiece. Dennis Tinnon added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Tulsa led 37-30 at halftime before the Thundering Herd opened the second half with nine straight points.
The Hurricane took the lead for good with a pair of Idlet free throws at the 9:32 mark, and Clarkson added six straight points in the closing minutes to hold off Marshall. With Tulsa nursing a 71-67 lead, Clarkson hit a 3-pointer with 2:06 remaining, then followed a Marshall turnover with a traditional three-point play to put the Hurricane up 77-67 with 1:16 left in the game.
Ohio 68, C.Michigan 42
ATHENS (AP) — Walter Offutt scored 17 points and Nick Kellogg added 14 as Ohio University dominated Central Michigan 68-42 on Saturday for its sixth straight win.
The Bobcats (19-4, 7-2 MAC) matched their win total for all of last season.
Kellogg and D.J. Cooper combined to open the game with three straight 3-pointers, putting Ohio up 9-1 early. The Bobcats pushed that lead to 24-14 after a Cooper free throw.
Cooper, who scored all nine of his points in the first half, hit three free throws at the end of the period to give the Bobcats a 33-20 lead at halftime.
Ohio pulled away in the second half, taking a 56-33 lead after Kellogg knocked down his fourth 3-pointer off the day.
Oliver Mbaigoto led Central Michigan (7-15, 2-7) with 14 but the Chippewas shot just 28.8 percent (15 of 52), including 4 of 23 from deep.