College basketball: Kellogg's 3 lifts Ohio past Richmond, 70-69 in OT

HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer Published:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Ohio coach Jim Christian had no idea his team hadn't made a 3-pointer since the first half, and he probably wouldn't have cared anyway.

Christian drew up a play to free Nick Kellogg for an all-or-nothing 3-point try with 13 seconds left in overtime against Richmond on Sunday, and Kellogg delivered, coming free off a screen on the right wing and sinking the shot with 7.8 seconds to play, giving the Bobcats a 70-69 victory.

"He's a great shooter," Christian said. "He's someone that can miss nine or 10 in a row and we're still going to go to him."

Christian figured he and the Bobcats (8-3) would only get one chance. The coach said he almost passed out during the game while dealing with flu-like symptoms, and he'd relied so heavily on his starting five that "we had too much foul trouble and too much tiredness to go another overtime."

Kellogg said the victory says a lot about the Bobcats, who hadn't won a non-conference road game since 2011 before winning at Morgan State on Nov. 20, and now have two of those victories in the bag that can only help their crunch-time confidence in Mid-American Conference play.

"It means a lot. We've shown what we can do on the road if everybody comes to play and plays hard and plays solid and sticks to the game plan, so moving forward, this is definitely something to build off of," he said.

Maurice Ndour also shook off flu-like symptoms and led the Bobcats with 19 points, and Kellogg and Ricardo Johnson each had 14. Before the clutch finish, Ohio got a lot of help from Richmond as the Spiders went scoreless for a stretch of 9 1/2 minutes in the second half and missed 8 of 12 free throws after halftime.

Cedrick Lindsay led the Spiders (8-4) with 23 points, but was responsible for four of those second-half misses from the line.

"I felt like we did have some stretches when we went down and didn't score, but in my mind, I feel like it's on me," Lindsay said. "I missed four or five free throws down the stretch that really hurt us. ... I'm taking that loss. That's on me."

Ohio helped make it hard for the Spiders with a zone defense.

"Obviously, when they went zone, we just become a little bit too one-dimensional, and when we miss 3s, it kind of weighs more heavily than it should," said Spiders coach Chris Mooney. "We need to just kind of play, and continue to move the ball, and stay aggressive. We just get a little bit tentative when we haven't converted our 3s."

Kendall Anthony's jumper with 23 seconds left forced the overtime, and Lindsay put the Spiders ahead 69-67 on an 18-footer with 32 seconds to play in the extra period. The Bobcats called timeout twice, the latter with 13 seconds to go, and set up the finish.

Anthony added 17 points for the Spiders.

Richmond scored the first six points of the second half, building its lead to 48-38 with 18:10 remaining, but then went cold and sloppy as the Bobcats put together a 12-0 run to lead 50-48. The Spiders missed seven shots in the drought, all six of their free throws and turned the ball over six times.

Back-to-back baskets by Lindsay ended the slide, giving Richmond the lead back with 7:51 to play. The lead changed hands three more times, with the Bobcats going ahead 58-57 on Johnson's putback with 2:40 to play. They led the rest of the way until Johnson blocked Lindsay's shot in the final minute, the rejection flying right into Anthony's hands, and he took two dribbles and tied it with a 15-footer.

The game was the back end of a home-and-home series that started last season with the Bobcats rolling to a 73-48 victory in Athens, Ohio.

Both teams shot well in the first half, which ended with the Spiders leading 42-38.

Richmond went ahead with a 14-2 burst as Alonzo Nelson-Adoda scored six points and Kendall Anthony hit the first of his three 3-pointers in the half. The burst put the Spiders ahead 24-14, and Ohio, which had five players share their scoring honors with seven each, got as close as three several times.

TOP 25

No. 10 CONNECTICUT 82, WASHINGTON 70

SEATTLE -- Shabazz Napier scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and grabbed six rebounds to lead No. 10 Connecticut to an 82-70 victory over Washington on Sunday.

Fellow guard Ryan Boatright had 16 points and five rebounds and Lasan Kromah scored 14 points for Connecticut (10-1), which fell into a double-digit hole early in its first true road game of the season but controlled the game in the second half.

C.J. Wilcox led Washington (6-5) with 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting and had four assists. Darin Johnson had 13 points for Washington and Mike Anderson, who is from Hartford, Conn., added 10 points.

Wilcox hit two straight 3-pointers to give UW a 31-17 lead with 7 minutes to go in the first half, but those shots seemed to wake up the visiting Huskies.

UConn answered with a 15-2 run, including a stretch of 10 straight points. Connecticut took the lead for the first time since the opening minutes when DeAndre Daniel's layup made it 39-37 with 1:46 left in the first half, and UConn led 43-39 at halftime.

NO. 11 WICHITA STATE 77,

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 66

WICHITA, Kan. -- Darius Carter scored 19 points and Wichita State overcome Jeremy Ingram's 37-point night in a victory over North Carolina Central.

Cleanthony Early had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help the Shockers (12-0) extend the best start in school history. Ron Baker added 15 points, and Fred VanVleet had 14.

Ingram was 12 of 21 from the floor and 7 of 13 from the 3-point line for North Carolina Central (7-3). He had 27 points in the second half.

No. 12 BAYLOR 81,

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY 56

WACO, Texas -- Isaiah Austin had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Baylor won its 10th straight home game.

Austin had his first double-double of the season while leading five players in double-figure scoring for the Bears (10-1).

Brady Heslip had 13 points for Baylor, while Cory Jefferson and Rico Gathers both had 12. Kenny Chery had 10 points.

Tre Lynch had 27 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Southern (3-9).

The Jaguars, who made it to the NCAA tournament last season as the SWAC tournament champions, are 0-4 against Top 25 teams this season. They were coming off a 69-43 loss at top-ranked Arizona on Thursday night.

Jefferson had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting by halftime, when Baylor led 36-26.

No. 17 IOWA ST. 79,

GEORGE MASON 67

HONOLULU -- Georges Niang scored 22 points for Iowa State in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic.

The Cyclones (9-0) had their second-lowest scoring game of the season but still managed to extend their winning streak. Iowa State -- the top scoring team in the country -- was one of 10 undefeated teams in Division I at the start of Sunday.

Melvin Ejim, Iowa State's leading scorer going into the game, had 14 points and 11 rebounds while DeAndre Kane had 13 points and eight assists.

Patrick Holloway scored 19 points for George Mason (5-5) and Byron Allen had 14.

Three minutes into the second half, Niang stole the ball from Marko Gujanicic and his layup gave Iowa State its first 10-point lead at 40-30. After that, George Mason pulled no closer than five points with 6:18 left.

No. 25 IOWA 85, ARK.-PINE BLUFF 61

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Josh Oglesby scored 13 points in his season debut as Iowa rolled.

The Hawkeyes (11-2) opened their final non-conference game with a 39-5 run. Jarrod Uthoff scored 16 points and Adam Woodbury added 10.

Oglesby missed Iowa's first 12 games with a broken foot. He made his first four 3-pointers during a 6-minute stretch in the first half.

Tevin Hammond scored 19 points for Pine Bluff (2-9), which lost its ninth straight.

The Hawkeyes shot 75 percent from the field in taking a 52-15 halftime lead. Iowa committed a season-worst 27 turnovers but dominated the rebounding 42-27.

BIG TEN

PURDUE 73, WEST VIRGINIA 70

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Purdue's Terone Johnson scored 20 points and made a couple of key free throws late to lead his Boilermakers to a key non-conference victory over West Virginia, 73-70.

Johnson got support from his brother Ronnie, who chipped in 14 points, and Basil Smotherman came through with 11 digits for coach Matt Painter, who saw his team's record climb to 10-3.

West Virginia (7-5) saw freshman center Devin Williams connect for a career-high 20 points and record his fourth double-double of his young career. He brought down a game-tying high of rebounds (12).

Williams received support from teammates Eron Harris (24) and Juwan Staten 14.

INDIANA 90, KENNESAW STATE 66

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Yogi Ferrell had 25 points while Noah Vonleh added 14 points and nine rebounds as Indiana easily defeated Kennesaw State 90-66.

Will Sheehey scored 15 points to help secure a third straight season with at least 10 non-league victories for Indiana (10-3).

Orlando Coleman had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Owls (3-10). Kennesaw State was outrebounded 41-29 and committed 18 turnovers in its fifth straight loss.

NORTHWESTERN 58, BROWN 52

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Alex Olah scored eight of his 10 points in the second half and Kale Abrahamson had nine of his 11 in the final 20 minutes, allowing cold-shooting Northwestern to pull out a 58-52 win over Browny.

Olah gave the Wildcats leads three times late in the game. His 3-pointer with 8:34 to put Northwestern (7-5) ahead for good at 44-41. Abrahamson's three-point play with 43 seconds left sealed the victory.

Drew Crawford led Northwestern with 24 points, 17 in the first half.

Sean McGonagill led Brown (6-4) with 16 and Cedric Kuakumensah added 10.

PENN STATE 92,

MOUNT ST. MARY'S 82

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Guard John Johnson made his presence felt in his first game for Penn State as the Nittany Lions rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to turn away pesky Mount St. Mary's 92-82 Sunday in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Johnson, who transferred from Pittsburgh in December 2012, was eligible to play for the first time against the Mountaineers. He scored 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half.

Four other Nittany Lions (9-4) scored in double figures: D.J. Newbill scored 18, Tim Frazier 15, Ross Travis 14 and Brandon Taylor 10.

For Mount St. Mary's (3-8), Julian Norfleet led the way with 22 points. Sam Prescott added 18 points, Rashad Whack 16 and Byron Ashe 14.

MAC

BOWLING GREEN 64, DETROIT 62

BOWLING GREEN -- Jehvon Clarke had 14 points and eight assists to lead Bowling Green over Detroit 64-62.

Clarke made a 3-pointer to give Bowling Green a 60-58 lead with 3:21 left and the Falcons (6-5) never trailed from there. The win moves Bowling Green above .500 for the first time since winning the season opener.

Anthony Henderson led the Falcons with 15 points and Richaun Holmes added 13.

Detroit (5-8) missed two shots in the final seconds -- a 3-pointer by Matthew Grant to win the game and a putback jumper by Juwan Howard Jr. to tie it.

Howard Jr. led Detroit with 17 points and Anton Wilson had 16. Evan Bruinsma added 10 rebounds.

AKRON 83, OREGON STATE 71

HONOLULU -- Demetrius Treadwell scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the first half and Nyles Evans added 17 points -- including five 3-pointers -- and Akron beat Oregon State 83-71 in a first-round game of the Diamond Head Classic.

The Zips (6-2) picked up their sixth straight win and have won 28 of their last 33 games dating back to last season.

Akron built a 10-0 lead to open the game and led by as many as 16-2 early on. Oregon State closed out the first half on a 15-9 run to pull within 35-34 at halftime.

President Barack Obama and the First Family were among the 8,694 fans. Oregon State coach Craig Robinson is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. The Beavers took their first loss with Obama in attendance after winning all four previous contests he took in, including a win at Maryland last month.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS 71

UC RIVERSIDE 64

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Dontel Highsmith scored a career-high 27 points as Northern Illinois took an early lead and held on to defeat UC Riverside 71-64 on Sunday.

Highsmith, a freshman, was 9 of 11 from the field, including three 3-pointers. He also made all six of his free throws and did not have a turnover.

The Huskies (5-5) had fallen behind when UC Riverside's (4-7) Nick Gruninger opened the game with a five-point flurry. Gruninger wasn't heard from again until well after halftime and the cold-shooting Highlanders, 35.7 percent, trailed by 10 at halftime.

Gruninger scored 12 of his season-high 18 points in the second half. Chris Harriel also scored a season-high 18 and his 3-pointer brought the Highlanders to within 62-59 with 1:25 to play.

OHIO COLLEGE

USC 79, DAYTON 76 OT

DAYTON -- Pe'Shon Howard hit a 3-pointer as time expired to lift Southern California to a 79-76 overtime victory over Dayton.

After Dayton's Devin Oliver missed a reverse layup with the score tied at 76, USC (8-4) got the rebound and called time out with 4.7 seconds left. Howard took the inbounds pass, dribbled up the right side and let his shot fly over Dayton's Vee Sanford for the win.

Dayton (9-3) took the lead twice in overtime on 3-pointers by Jordan Sibert. The Trojans responded with two free throws and a 3-pointer by Howard to lead 76-75.

Oliver tied the score with a free throw, and Julian Jacobs missed on a drive with 35 seconds left to set up Dayton's chance to win in the final seconds.

Howard finished with 12 points and Byron Wesley scored 26 to lead USC.

Sibert led Dayton with 21 points and five 3-pointers.

OTHER

OAKLAND 100 ROBERT MORIS 94

ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Corey Petros, Travis Bader and Dante Williams combined for 72 points in leading Oakland to a 100-94 victory over Robert Morris.

Petros had 26 points, Bader 24, and Williams 22 points. Oakland (4-10) shot 57 percent as a team.

Lucky Jones hit 9-of-16 shooting, including five 3-pointers in a 27 point scoring effort for Robert Morris (5-8). Charles Oliver added 18 points.

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