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C.J. Burks and Ajdin Penava (11) fight for a rebound during Saturday’s 99-96 overtime win against Ohio.

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Ajdin Penava was so good for Marshall he overshadowed Jon Elmore’s triple-double in a 99-96 overtime victory against Ohio on Saturday.

Penava set career bests with 33 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks as the Herd (8-3) improved to 7-0 at home this season.

“Everyone had great energy, and I just fed off that energy,” said the 6-foot-9 junior, who shot 10-of-13 from the floor and made 10-of-11 free throws.

Herd coach Dan D’Antonio marveled at Penava’s contributions.

“I’ve never seen a stat line all the way through like you’re looking at,” he said. “Go find me a stat line like that for a guy in a game that’s closely contested. I’m proud of him.”

C.J. Burks also poured in 31 points, while Elmore compiled 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, the school’s first triple-double since DeAndre Kane in 2012.

Elmore finished 10-of-10 at the foul line, including two free throws with 11 seconds left in OT that made it a three-point lead. Ohio (5-5), after forcing overtime with a buzzer-beating putback iby Kevin Mickle in regulation, failed to get a shot off this time.

“That was wild, man,” said Elmore. “We struggled in spurts, but we locked in down the stretch.”

Jordan Dartis scored 27 points thanks to 7-of-17 3-point shooting for the Bobcats, and Mickle had 19.

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