Ohio Outlasts Morehead State In OT

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The Ohio Bobcats (3-5) beat the Morehead State Eagles (1-8) 79-72 in overtime behind freshman Kiyanna Black’s 19 points.

Black had seven of Ohio’s 11 points in overtime and took a charge with 2:31 left to foul out Morehead State’s leading scorer, Terrice Robinson, who had 39 points and eight rebounds.

Robinson scored 28 of her 39 in the second half and hit the game-tying three with five seconds left in regulation to force overtime. 

39 is a new career-high for Robinson; her previous high was 20, set last year.

Ohio’s other freshman, Lexie Baldwin, set a career-high in points with 14 and tied a career-high with nine rebounds.  She had nine of her 14 points to carry Ohio down the stretch in the last eight minutes of the game.

“I have been on (Black and Baldwin) non-stop, because I know they have something special inside them,” Ohio head coach Semeka Randall said. “Often times, they think I am just picking on them, but this is why. Because they can do this for our basketball team, but it’s hard making that commitment, it’s a lot of work, but they have it in them.”

Ohio traded baskets early with Morehead State before establishing a lead at 16-15 with 6:26 to go in the first half. The Bobcats did not give up the lead again until 12:36 left in the game when Morehead State took a 43-42 lead.

Shavon Robinson led the Bobcats in the first half with 12 points and finished the game with 17.

“I think a lot of teams know now that my primary move is to drive to the basket and (doing that) drew a lot of charges for me,” Shavon Robinson said. “I think to change up my offensive game a little bit is the reason why I was shooting a little more and that was the opportunity I had in front of me since they were playing off of me for the drive so it was able to open up a door for my jump shot to start falling.”

Ohio shot 46 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.  Both percentages are stats Ohio has not had in a while.

“If you look at it, we haven’t shot 46 percent from the field since the Cleveland State game, so this is really good for us,” Randall said. “We had to go against a zone which is tough for us and for us to be able to take that zone and chop it to pieces and make big-time shots and plays, that says a lot about our basketball team.”

Ohio’s next game is Saturday against Marshall.  The Bobcats only have four games in the next month after playing eight games in the last month, which gives some players time to rest.

“This break is going to be good for us,” Randall said. “I think we need a mental break. It’s always good to end on a win and feel really good about yourself. Our kids are outstanding student-athletes so they need to study and get ready for their finals and we’ll pick up and get ready for Marshall on Thursday.”

Ohio has now won two straight games after losing their previous five in a row.