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MALONE 75, OHIO DOMINICAN 70 Marcus Ernst and Bo Myers scored 18 points apiece to lead the Pioneers to a G-MAC win at Alumni Hall in Columbus.
The win was head coach Casey Kaufman’s 100th of his career in seven seasons at Malone. He’s the third Pioneers head coach to hit the century mark. Myers hit his own milestone, going over 1,000 points for his career in the win. He now sits at 1,008.
The Pioneers move into first place in the G-MAC with Walsh’s loss at Cedarville on Thursday. Malone (11-4, 6-2) is a half game ahead of Walsh, Cedarville and Ashland in the standings.
Ernst grabbed nine rebounds, tallied four assists and matched Myers with 7-of-13 shooting. Myers grabbed eight rebounds. Malone shot 50.9% from the floor.
Trailing 65-64, Bryce Butler made two free throws to put Malone back in the lead with 2:06 left. Ernst followed with a 3-point play on the next possession as the Pioneers took control.
Zach Szul had 14 points and four steals to lead Ohio Dominican (4-10, 2-5), which has lost five straight games to Malone. Alek West and Max Stepaniak added 10 points each, with West totaling 12 assists.
The Pioneers shot 13-of-20 from the foul line. The Panthers were 1-of-2.
CEDARVILLE 76, WALSH 73 Owen Hazelbaker hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 28 points off the Walsh bench, but the Cavaliers dropped a close G-MAC contest on the road.
The loss knocks Walsh (9-4, 5-2) out of first place in the league and puts it a half game behind Malone in a second-place tie with Cedarville and Ashland.
Darryl Straughter, the reigning G-MAC Player of the Week, totaled 19 points and six assists for the Cavs. He became Walsh’s all-time leader in 3-point makes at 356 after entering the night tied with Corey Jones (354). The Canton McKinley/Timken product also moved into second place on the Walsh career scoring list with 1,895 points, passing Doug Meyer (1,894). Corry Appline is Walsh’s career scoring leader with 2,081 points.
Trailing 74-69, a Hazelbaker jumper and two free throws from Garrison Keeslar had Walsh down a point with 38 seconds left. Keeslar followed with a steal, but Walsh never got a potential game-winning shot off.
Branden Maughmer scored 23 points to lead Cedarville (9-5, 5-2). Conner TenHove totaled 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Milan Square scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor and 3-of-6 from 3-point range for Walsh.
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MALONE 72, OHIO DOMINICAN 66 At Alumni Hall in Columbus, five Pioneers scored in double figures as Malone won on the road in G-MAC action.
Holly Groff led the Pioneers (9-6, 5-4) with 16 points and six rebounds to go with four assists. Robin Campbell and Kelsey Swihart scored 12 points each, with Campbell registering eight assists and Swihart notching three steals.
Emma Kallas scored 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting, while Alexis Hutchison added 10 points and five assists for Malone.
The Pioneers had 20 assists on 32 field goals and shot 52.5% from the floor. They outscored the host Panthers 50-32 in the paint.
Bailey Williams led Ohio Dominican (3-12, 3-6) with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Kennedy Schlabach added 16 points and nine assists.
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SOLON 57, MCKINLEY 46 The Pups couldn’t sustain a fast start and lost on the road.
McKinley (3-8) jumped out to a 21-19 lead after one quarter but scored 25 total points the rest of the way, including four in the fourth.
X’Zaryia Fannin registered a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds for McKinley. Paris Stokes also scored 14 points.
Mackenzie Blackford and Chyanne Hatcher each scored 19 points for Solon (10-3).
This article originally appeared on The Repository: Stark County-area roundup: Kaufman, Myers, Straughter hit milestones