Wright State 56, Miami 47
Ohio Knocks Off West Virginia, 79-67
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Brandon Hunter had 15 points and 16 rebounds to led a balanced Ohio attack as the Bobcats defeated West Virginia, 79-67, on Tuesday (Dec. 19).
Dustin Ford scored 14 and Anthony Jones and Jon Sanderson had 13 apiece for Ohio (3-4).
Nonstarter Lionel Armstead scored 16 for the Mountaineers (6-2). Also in double figures for West Virginia were Brooks Berry with 12 points, Calvin Bowman with 11 and
Chris Moss with 10.
Ohio led 38-35 at halftime.
West Virginia was ahead by one point on two occasions early in the second half and the score was tied at 45 with 14:33 to play.
The Bobcats then scored seven straight points - a 3-pointer by Thomas Stephens and a jumper and a dunk by Hunter - to go ahead 52-45 with 13:04 remaining.
West Virginia never got closer than four points after that, and the Bobcats outscored the Mountaineers 13-5 in the final 5:53 to clinch the victory. Jones scored six
straight points with four free throws and a basket in that span.
Ohio led 25-14 with 9:40 left in the first half, but a 15-2 run by West Virginia put the Mountaineers ahead 29-27 on two free throws by Berry with 5:17 to go. Neither team
led by more than three for the rest of the half.
Both teams tried 63 shots, but Ohio made 27 while West Virginia had 21. The Bobcats hit 10 3-point tries, four by Ford and three by Sanderson, while the Mountaineers
made five from long range. Ohio had a 49-40 rebounding edge.
Fresno State Knocks Off Toledo, 88-72
Fresno State's Shannon Swillis, right, fights for a loose ball with Toledo's Greg Stempin.
(AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Darrell Wong)
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Tito Maddox scored 19 points and handed off 13 assists in his collegiate debut, leading Fresno State to a 88-72 victory against Toledo in the Trend
Homes Classic on Tuesday (Dec. 19).
Melvin Ely had a game-high 20 for Fresno State (7-2) and Demetrius Porter added 18 points.
Greg Stempin led Toledo (6-2) with 18 points.
Toledo trailed by nine with 13 minutes left in the half, but hit a trio of three-pointers in a 15-4 run to lead 23-21 with just less than eight minutes left in the half.
Fresno outscored Toledo 12-5 over the final four minutes of the half to take a 39-34 lead.
Toledo opened the second half with seven-straight points to take a two-point lead before baskets by Maddox and Ely gave Fresno a 43-41 lead with 17 minutes left in the
Fresno took control with a 13-3 run, sparked by three pointers from Chris Jefferies, Porter and Maddox. Toledo never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
Maddox missed the first eight games of the season due to an NCAA penalty for contact with an agent after missing all of last season as an academic non-qualifier.
Fresno State will play Louisiana-Lafayette, a 76-66 winner against Samford in the opening game, for the tournament title on Wednesday night.
Wright State Tops Miami
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Kevin Melson scored 21 points, 19 of them in the second half, and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to lead Wright State to a 56-47 victory
over Miami on Tuesday (Dec. 19).
Miami (4-5) led 22-20 going into the second half, but Wright State (8-1) took a two-point lead at the 18:46 mark thanks to a rebound and layup by Melson. Miami could
never regain the lead, but managed to tie the score twice in the second half, the last time at 32-32 with 11:26 remaining.
Another basket by Melson then pushed Wright State back into the lead and started a 7-0 run that ended at the 9:06 mark with the Raiders ahead 39-32. Wright State
kept the lead the rest of the way.
Israel Sheinfeld added 18 points for Wright State and was 6-for-6 in free throws. Melson was 9-for-12 in free-throw shooting. Thomas Hope tied Melson in rebounds with
Wright State outrebounded Miami 30-19, and was 23-for-30 in free-throw shooting. Miami was only 8-for 12 in free throws.
The leading scorer for Miami was Eugene Seals with 12 points. Jason Grunkemeyer scored 11.