Ohio keeps title hopes alive; Memphis routs MarshallPublished 12:56am Monday, February 27, 2012
ATHENS (AP) — Nick Kellogg scored 17 points and D.J. Cooper turned in a double-double as Ohio routed Mid-American Conference leaders Akron 85-61 on Sunday night, as the Bobcats denied the Zips a chance to clinch the regular-season title and kept their own hopes alive.
The win avenged a Jan. 14 loss at Akron, and keeps Ohio’s slim chances at a regular-season MAC crown afloat. The Bobcats (23-6, 10-4) have to beat both Kent State and Miami (Ohio) on the road, and hope the Zips lose versus Buffalo and at Kent State.
Reggie Keely and Walter Offutt added 14 points apiece for the Bobcats, who got 11 points and 10 rebounds from Cooper.
The Bobcats never trailed in the game, opening on a 17-7 run and taking a 19-point lead at intermission. They outscored the Zips 39-34 in the second half.
Brian Walsh had 12 points to pace Akron (20-9, 12-2).
Memphis 87, Marshall 67
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Will Barton scored 24 points and Joe Jackson added 21 to lead Memphis to an 87-67 win over Marshall on Saturday.
Chris Crawford finished with 16 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals for the Tigers (21-8, 11-3 Conference USA), who have won two straight games. Tarik Black added 18 points.
Memphis went into halftime with a 42-37 lead, then opened the second half with a 10-3 run, pushing its margin to 12 points. The Thundering Herd closed the gap to five points but never posed a threat as the Tigers later increased their lead to 82-62 when Jackson made two free throws with 2:34 left to play.
Dennis Tinnon had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Marshall (17-11, 8-6), which had its three-game winning streak snapped. DeAndre Kane also had 16 points and five turnovers, Damier Pitts had 13 points and Shaquille Johnson added 10.