Marshall downs Ohio 99-96 in OT on Penava’s career night

Marshall's Ajdin Penava (11) comes in to block the shot by Ohio's Mike Laster (24) during an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 in Huntington, W.Va. (Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Ajdin Penava set career highs with 33 points and 15 rebounds, C.J. Burks scored a career-high 31, and Marshall held off Ohio 99-96 in overtime on Saturday to win its fourth straight.

Burks hit two free throws, Penava made a layup and Marshall led 96-92 with 49 seconds left in OT. Kevin Mickle’s one of two free throws cut it to 96-93, but Penava’s free throw gave Marshall a three-point lead. Ohio closed to 98-96 on Teyvion Kirk’s 3 with 17 seconds left, but Jon Elmore hit two free throws with 11 seconds to go and the Bobcats didn’t get another shot.

Elmore scored 20 points with a career-high 10 rebounds and made all 10 of his free throws for the Thundering Herd (8-3), which made 27 free throws to the Bobcats’ 14. Penava matched his career-best nine blocks.

Marshall led 46-37 halftime after holding the Bobcats to 38.5 percent shooting from the floor. Mickle’s layup at the buzzer tied it at the end of regulation.

Jordan Dartis scored a career-high 27 points with seven 3s, Mickle had three steals and set career highs with 21 points and nine rebounds, and Kirk scored 18 for Ohio (5-5).