ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- Jerome Tillman's jumper with five seconds left capped Ohio's second half comeback and lifted the Bobcats to a 61-59 victory over Ball State on Saturday.
Ohio (13-6, 4-2 Mid-American) trailed 35-23 at the half, but the Bobcats chipped away at the Cardinals' lead and went ahead 53-51 on Bert Whittington's layup with 2:10 remaining. Ball State (3-15, 2-4) tied it at 59 on Anthony Newell's 3-pointer with 26 seconds left, setting up Tillman's jumper.
Ball State closed the first half with a 16-8 run to take a 35-23 lead.
Leon Williams scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds for the Bobcats, while Whittington added 14 points. Newell scored 24 points and made 4-of-7 3-point attempts.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.