Ohio Outlasts Marshall in Double Overtime
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Brandon Hunter scored 35 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to bolster Ohio University to an 87-85 double-overtime victory at Marshall University Saturday.
"He is a man-child and if he gets the ball in the block he is unstoppable," Marshall head coach Greg White. "I thought it was a great college basketball game and I am proud of the way we fought. Ohio just made the plays they had to down the stretch."
Hunter, a six-foot-seven power forward, hit 10 of 16 shots from the floor, two of three three-point attempts, and hit on 13 of 19 free throws in 48 minutes of action. Hunter also connected on 11 consecutive free-throws late to help Ohio pick up the win.
Ohio (6-10, 3-5 MAC) also received a 22-point, six rebounds effort from Steve Esterkamp. The Bobcats' Jaivon Harris netted 11 points.
Marshall (9-8, 5-4 MAC) was led by junior Ronald Blackshear. The Marshall shooting guard scored 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 38 minutes of action after coming into the game off of the bench. White said that Blackshear did not start the contest, because he was late for team stretching.
Blackshear was only nine of 27 from the floor and five of 18 from three, however he found his shooting touch late and helped Marshall rally at the end of regulation and in the first overtime period. Blackshear scored 14 of his points in the two overtime periods.
The Bobcats out-rebounded Marshall 39-35 and shot an impressive 56.5% in the second half to erase a 30-26 halftime deficit. For the game, Ohio shot 48.2% from the floor, while Marshall connected on 41.5% of its shots.
Trailing 63-61 with just over a minute to play in regulation, Marshall's Marvin Black grabbed on offensive rebound off of a missed runner by Blackshear that eventually sent the game to its first overtime.
Ohio led by as many as four points in the first overtime period, however two Blackshear three-pointers at the 49-second and nine second marks sent the game to a second overtime period.
In the final overtime, Ohio's Jaivon Harris hit a long three-pointer from the top of the key to break an 80-80 tie and give the Bobcats the lead for good at the 51-second mark. Ohio then connected on four of thier next five free throw attempts to stave off Marshall.
The Thundering Herd hits the road for a two-game Michigan road trip that starts Monday night at Eastern Michigan. The Thundering Herd will face off with Eastern Michigan at 8:00 p.m. Monday in a Fox Sports Net Televised contest. Marshall will then travel to Kalamazoo to take on Western Michigan, Wednesday.