Evansville beats Ohio 81-69 in OT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) D.J. Ballentine scored 23 points, including eight in overtime, to lead Evansville to an 81-69 comeback win over Ohio on Thursday.

The Purple Aces (8-2) scored 12 unanswered points in OT and made 23 of 28 free throws.

Ohio built a five-point second-half lead, 57-52, on a 3-pointer by Javarez Willis, but Evansville pulled ahead with a 13-2 run. Ohio rallied and Willis tied it at 69 with a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.

The lead changed hands 11 times and there were six ties in the first half until Stevie Taylor hit a layup with 1 second to play for a 38-36 Ohio lead.

Egidijus Mockevicius scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Evansville, Blake Simmons added 14 points and Adam Wing 11.

Maurice Daly Ndour led Ohio (3-4) with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Willis scored 12, and Antonio Campbell and Taylor had 10 apiece.

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