Sunday, February 10, 2002

Ohio 85, Ball St. 71

Enquirer staff and news services

        ATHENS, Ohio — Brandon Hunter scored 30 points and had 10 rebounds as Ohio beat Ball State 85-71 Saturday.

        Hunter shot 8-of-13 from the field and made 13-of-14 free throws for Ohio (13-7, 8-4 in the Mid-American Conference). Sonny Johnson came off the bench to score 17 points. Patrick Flomo and Jaivon Harris each scored 12 points for the Bobcats. Flomo also had five blocks.

        Patrick Jackson led Ball State (15-8, 8-4 MAC) with 17 points. Theron Smith and Lonnie Jones each scored 14 points and Chris Williams added 13 points for the Cardinals.

        Smith's jumper got Ball State to within 19-18 with 11:04 remaining in the half but the Bobcats went on a 10-0 run capped by a 3-pointer by Harris to go up 29-18. Harris hit a 3-pointer and a jumper in the final minute to give Ohio a 47-34 halftime lead.

        A jumper by Jones got Ball State to within 55-48 with 14:15 remaining but the Cardinals could not get closer.

        Ohio made 5-of-15 3-pointers compared with Ball State's 7-of-30. The Bobcats shot 49 percent from the field and Ball State shot 36 percent.


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