DAYTON — Owens Community College men's basketball team used a balanced team scoring attack and survived some late-game scares to beat Sinclair CC 104-99 Saturday and claim a share of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championship.
John Murry had 22 points and Andy Bachman had 21 for the Express, who won their first title since 2001-02.
Bikramjit Gill produced 20 points and 15 rebounds. Shaakir Lindsey finished with 12 points and a season-high 14 assists.
The action was back-and-forth until the 8:34 mark when Markese Allen sank a jump shot to give the Express their first lead. The Express were able to push the lead to 50-40 at the half.
The Express carried their momentum into the second half and led 70-50 at just over 13 minutes left.
Sinclair cut the deficit to a three after a Conner Myslowski 3-pointer with 3:38 left.
Edmond Early, Jr., led all bench scorers for the Express with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting.
The Express finished the game 37-for-68 (54.4 percent) from the field, 12-for-25 (48 percent) from 3-point range, and 18-for-25 (72 percent) from the foul line.
Richard Weaver led Sinclair with 18 points.
The No. 10-ranked Express (24-5, 11-1) shares the championship, along with Cincinnati State.
Owens will open district tournament play Friday with a rematch against Sinclair (21-8, 6-6).
OWENS 111, SINCLAIR 66
DAYTON— Zhana Randolph had 18 points to lead seven players in double figures as the No. 5 Express women closed the regular season in record setting fashion with a win over Sinclair CC.
The Express jumped on Sinclair early, draining their first four field goals, all from 3-point range, and led 14-0 with 17:31 left in the first.
Owens led by as many as 23 in the half before taking a 60-39 lead into the break.
Kamilah Carter opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers, before Eboni Adams hit a layup to give the Express a 68-39 lead with 17:42 remaining.
Also scoring in double figures for Owens were Ashley Tunstall (16 points), Maura Hackney (14), Carter (17), Paige Wright (12), Adams (10), and Imani Vickers with 11.
The Express (25-2, 11-1) will open up district tournament play at 1 p.m. Friday against the winner of Sinclair and Edison.