Bobcats, Herd get victories
ATHENS (AP) — Redshirt sophomore Jaaron Simmons had 24 points and 12 assists and freshman Jordan Dartis added 17 points as Ohio defeated Northern Illinois 80-69 on Saturday.
Ohio shot 54 percent, making 30 of 56 field goal attempts against Northern Illinois, which came in ranked 15th nationally in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to an average of 39-percent shooting.
Treg Setty added 12 points and Antonio Campbell 11 for the Bobcats (14-8, 5-5 Mid-American).
Aaric Armstead and Levi Bradley scored 15 points apiece to lead Northern Illinois (16-7, 5-5). Armstead added 10 rebounds, and Marin Maric pitched in 11 points and 10 boards.
Ohio used a 10-2 run to break open a two-point game into a 49-33 lead at halftime.
Northern Illinois battled back to take a 67-66 lead with 3:42 left but Simmons and Dartis hit back-to-back 3-pointers and the Huskies only made one field goal in the final three minutes.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jon Elmore scored 23 points with seven 3-pointers, and James Kelly scored 22 as hot-shooting Marshall thundered past Texas-San Antonio 109-91 on Saturday, breaking 100 points for the second-straight game and beating UTSA for the first time.
The seven treys were a career-high for Elmore, and Marshall rained 18 of the deep shots on UTSA, one shy of the school record. Austin Loop added 17 points for the Thundering Herd (12-12, 8-3 Conference USA), which shot 55-percent.
Marshall scored 108 points in a loss at UTEP Thursday. The back-to-back 100-point games are a first since December 28 and 30, 1988.
Marshall’s first four field goals were 3-pointers, including two from Elmore, as the Herd jumped to an early 13-5 lead and never trailed.
Christian Wilson scored a career-high 29 points, and Ryan Bowie added 26 to lead UTSA (4-20, 2-9), which had beaten Marshall in two previous meetings.