West Virginia wears down Ohio All-Stars in OT, 101-97

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 14, 2005

CHESAPEAKE - The Ohio All-Stars lacked players, not spirit. But in the end, they lacked points.

A seven-man roster quickly became six when the Ohio All-Stars' best player, Bowling Green recruit Erik Marschall, went out of the game early with a knee injury.

The remainder of the roster battled through fatigue as the game went to overtime, but 8 of 10 foul shooting helped the West Virginia All-Stars to a 101-97 win Friday night.

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Marschall scored seven points and had seven rebounds in less than 10 minutes before hurting his knee. The Ohio stars were already missing Travis Walton who had to attend a function at his future school Michigan State.

Ohio led 24-12 when Marschall left the game. West Virginia trailed 38-29 with 3:32 left in the first half when Cody Jarrett got the hot hand and hit four straight shots including three 3-pointers.

Jarrett's trey with 41 seconds left tied the game and another from behind the arc put West Virginia ahead 47-44 with six seconds on the clock.

Marietta's Ben Howlett scored six straight points to begin the second half as Ohio took a 50-47 led. A 3-pointer by Clint Frazier put West Virginia up 52-50 and they held the lead until the final seconds of regulation.

West Virginia built a 78-66 lead on a layup by Adam Fletcher with less than eight minutes on the clock, but Ohio rallied to tie the game on a 3-pointer by Jackson's Max Morrow and went up 89-87 on a layup by Shea McMahon off a pass from Howlett with 25 seconds to play in regulation.

Ben Adkins, named the West Virginia team's Most Valuable Player for the game, got a putback basket with three seconds left to tie the game but missed what could have been the winning foul shot.

In overtime, Howlett hit a 15-footer to put Ohio ahead, but Josh Miller tied the game with a layup, Frazier hit a foul shots and Fletcher followed up a missed shot and

it was 94-91.

A putback by Steve Grote had Ohio withing 96-95 with 42 seconds left in overtime, but Steve Turner made two foul shots and a steal by Frazier who was fouled and hit both shots extended the lead to 100-95.

Grote had a tip-in, but Jarrett's foul shot with four seconds left sealed the win.

Frazier scored 21 points for West Virginia while Adkins, Miller, Fletcher and Jarrett all scored 14 points as West Virginia got only its second win in the seventh annual two-game series.

Morrow, the Ohio MVP, had a game-high 30 points. Dan Biber scored 19 points, Grote 15 and McMahon 11.

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Steve Turner 1-5 2-3 4, Josh Miller 5-16 3-4 14, Cody Jarrett 5-14 1-3 14, Dale Johnson 3-11 3-6 9, Adam Fletcher 4-8 6-10 14, Ben Adkins 7-9 0-1 14, Tyler Kovarik 1-6 2-2 5, Clint Frazier 6-18 5-8 21, Marcus Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Nathan Hescht 2-2 1-2 5. Totals: 34-90


101. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: None. 3-point goals: 9-33 (Turner 0-2, Miller 1-4, Jarrett 3-7, Dale Johnson 0-1, Adkins 0-1, Kovarik 1-4, Frazier 4-14). Rebounds: 63 (22-off, 37-def, 4-team/deadball). Rebounds leaders: Fletcher 15, Johnson 14.

Assists: 9 (Miller 5). Steals: 17 (Miller 5, Jarrett 4). Turnovers: 25.


Max Morrow 3-10 0-0 7, Ben Howlett 12-25


30, Shea McMahon 4-14 3-5 11, Dan Biber 7-23 4-5 19, Erik Marschall 3-5 1-2 7, Scott Grote 6-12 3-5 15, Kyle Holliday 4-6 0-3 8. Totals: 39-95


97. Fouls: 24. Fouled out: Morrow. 3-point goals: 4-21 (Morrow 1-6, Howlett 2-8, McMahon 0-1, Biber 1-5). Rebounds: 64 (21-off, 34-def, 9-team/deadball). Rebounds leaders: Biber 16. Assists: 18 (Morrow 6, Howlett 3). Steals: 14 (Morrow 3). Turnovers: 25.