Kelsey Mitchell becomes Ohio State's leading scorer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kelsey Mitchell became Ohio State's all-time leading scorer in the first quarter and the 12th-ranked Buckeyes beat Florida 103-77 on Wednesday night.

Mitchell, who leads the nation with 25.7 points per game, needed just eight points to tie the record and she broke it on a runner in the lane. She passed Jantel Lavender (2,818 points, 2008-11) of the Los Angeles Sparks.

Mitchell was 12-of-22 shooting for 30 points. She extended her Division I career 3-point record with four makes from distance to sit at 415.





Sierra Calhoun added three 3-pointers and 21 points for Ohio State (9-2). Linnae Harper scored 18 points and reached 1,000 career points on a layup in the fourth quarter. The Buckeyes are seventh in the country at 89.5 points per game and have topped the century mark three times this season.

Mitchell made three 3-pointers in the first quarter and had 15 points to help OSU build a 31-18 lead. Ohio State led 51-38 at the half behind Mitchell's four 3s and 20 points. The Buckeyes shot 51 percent in the half.

Haley Lorenzen led Florida (5-4) with 17 points. Funda Nakkasoglu scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half.

Paulina Hersler's 4-point play pulled Florida within 60-54 with five minutes left in the third but OSU answered with a 12-2 run for a commanding lead again.

Davis scores 19, Dayton holds off Tennessee Tech 79-66

DAYTON — Darrell Davis scored 19 points, Dayton shot 61 percent after halftime and held off Tennessee Tech 79-66 Wednesday night.

Davis scored five of his points in the last 2:41 but a defensive rebound a minute earlier was big. Tennessee Tech had closed to 65-58 on an 18-9 run over a six-minute span with nine points from Curtis Phillips Jr. — two 3-pointers and three free throws after he was fouled on an attempted trey. Kajon Mack had seven points in the rally.

But Davis rebounded when Phillips missed a 3, and after the official timeout, Davis dished to Trey Landers who scored and was fouled, converting the 3-point play for a 10-point Dayton lead. Davis added a 3 and a jumper down the stretch.

Landers and Jordan Davis each scored 14 for the Flyers (4-4), who shot 57 percent from the floor, to Tennessee Tech's 42 percent.

Phillips led the Golden Eagles (7-3) with 17 points, making 4 of 7 3-point tries. Mack added 15.



Buzzer-beater Fletcher sends Toledo past Detroit Mercy 89-86

DETROIT — Tre'Shaun Fletcher made a fade-away 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Toledo over Detroit Mercy 89-86 on Wednesday night.

Fletcher made an unnecessary foul with 2.6 seconds left and Detroit's Josh McFolley tied it 86 with a pair of free throws. Fletcher caught a full-court pass on the wing, took one dribble and buried a 3 with a defender in his face.

Jaelan Sanford led Toledo (5-3) with 23 points and Fletcher finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. Luke Knapke scored 15, Marreon Jackson 14 and Navigato 10. The Rockets outrebounded Detroit Mercy 44-32.

McFolley finished with 24 points, Kameron Chatman and Corey Allen each scored 17 and Jermaine Jackson Jr. had 11 points for Detroit Mercy (4-5).

McFolley had a 4-point play with 50 seconds left to pull to 83-82. He scored Detroit Mercy's last eight points in a 48-second span.

Bluiett scores 26, No. 13 Xavier beats Kent State 96-70

CINCINNATI — Coming off wins over two other highly ranked teams, Xavier had a chance to catch its breath, grind one out, and start getting ready for another payback game.

Trevon Bluiett scored 26 points — the seventh time he's had 20 this season — and No. 13 Xavier took control with an 18-point run Wednesday night, pulling away to a 96-70 victory over Kent State.

The Musketeers (8-1) built upon their impressive week. They beat No. 16 Baylor 76-63 last Tuesday at the Cintas Center. Four days later, they hosted crosstown rival Cincinnati, got ahead by 23 points and beat the then-No. 11 Bearcats 89-76.

Up next is Colorado. The Musketeers lost to Baylor, Cincinnati and Colorado last season.

Xavier never trailed against Kent State (5-4) , which kept it close at the outset with solid shooting but never recovered from the Musketeers' run that began late in the first half. Danny Pippen led the defending Mid-American Conference champions with 15 points.

Bluiett hit two 3s as Xavier opened the game with a 14-2 spurt, making its first six shots. After tough games against ranked teams, coach Chris Mack wanted his players to make sure they didn't come out flat.

Kerem Kanter added a season-high 20 points along with eight rebounds.

Xavier has won 36 straight non-conference home games, the last loss coming against Wofford 56-55 on Dec. 22, 2012. The Musketeers are 234-35 all-time at the Cintas Center.

BIG PICTURE

Kent State: Leading scorer Jaylin Walker (17.7 points per game) missed his third straight game with an ankle injury. Seven-foot center Adonis De La Rosa led the Golden Flashes the two previous games, averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. Xavier took him out of the game. He managed only two points and fouled out with 13:09 to go.

Xavier: The Musketeers came in shooting 54 percent from the field, second-best in the nation. Bluiett went 3 for 3 and Xavier made its first six shots while pulling out to a double-digit lead. The Musketeers shot 53 percent overall from the field.

A LOT OF WHISTLES

The officials called 44 fouls. Xavier went 24 of 25 on free throws, while Kent State — which came in shooting only 58.9 percent from the line — was 16 of 22. Both teams were in the bonus at 11:32 of the first half. Xavier had trouble getting its offense into a flow with all the fouls.

T TIME

Pippen also got a technical foul early in the game.

UP NEXT

The Golden Flashes make an hour drive north and play at Wright State on Saturday.

The Musketeers host Colorado on Saturday, the fourth of their six straight home games.

Jones scores 37 as W. Michigan beats Cleveland State 78-67

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Reggie Jones scored seven of his career-high 27 points during the decisive second-half run and Western Michigan beat Cleveland State 78-67 on Wednesday night.

Jones hit 4 of 8 from 3-point range and 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. Thomas Wilder and Brandon Johnson scored 14 points apiece and Josh Davis grabbed career-high tying 13 rebounds for Western Michigan (5-4).

The Broncos scored the first six points and never trailed. They hit four 3-pointers, including two by Jared Printy, during a 14-0 run that made it 30-14 with seven minutes left in the first half before taking an eight-point lead into intermission.

Cleveland State pulled within three points four times early in the second half and Tyree Appleby's jumper trimmed the deficit to 50-46 with 11 minutes to play. Jones hit four free throws and a 3-pointer before Davis hit another 3 that capped a 10-0 run and Western Michigan led by at least seven points the rest of the way.

Appleby, a freshman, hit four 3-pointers and finished with 24 points — both career highs — for Cleveland State (2-6)

Akron holds on for 83-79 win over Fort Wayne

AKRON — Emmanuel Olojakpoke scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Akron held on for 83-79 win over Fort Wayne on Wednesday night.

Olojakpoke was 10 of 13 from the field for the Zips (4-2). Jimond Ivey added 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Daniel Utomi and Eric Parrish had 11 points apiece and Virshon Cotton chipped in 10.

Akron trailed 26-20 with 8:34 left in the first half but back-to-back 3-pointers by Cotton and two more by Utomi put the Zips on top 36-28 with 4:46 left and they pushed it to 46-36 at halftime.

Cotton and Parrish traded 3s five minutes into the second half to make it 59-48 and the Zips held the lead throughout the period. Fort Wayne's Kason Harrell made a 3-pointer to cut it to 81-79 with 29 seconds left but missed two more in the final 15 seconds.

John Konchar led the Mastodons (6-4) with 23 points and seven boards.