After a rough start, former Ohio State forward Marc Loving closed out the Portsmouth Invitational with a pair of strong games.

At the annual showcase for outgoing college seniors, Loving opened play last Wednesday with a scoreless outing that saw him log 24 minutes but miss all eight shots, including five threes, he attempted off the bench. But the following afternoon, Loving started for his team, Cherry Bekaert, and scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting in 27 minutes. Loving hit 3 of 5 three-pointers in a 102-84 loss.

In his final game, which was played Saturday, Loving started and scored 15 points in a 98-83 win. Loving was 5 of 11 from the field and 4 of 7 from three and added four rebounds and three assists while not committing a turnover.

For the tournament, Loving made nine of 28 shots (32.1 percent) and was 7 for 17 (41.2 percent) from three.

His scoring average of 9.0 points per game was tied for 43rd best. Loving was tied for ninth-best with 1.7 steals per game, and his three-point shooting percentage was tied for 17th-best.

In four years at Ohio State, Loving averaged 10.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 41.9 percent from three. As a senior, he averaged 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 41.7 percent from three.