BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – On Homecoming weekend the Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team started the 2012-13 season by hosting Clarke University (Iowa) and defeating the Crusaders 78-70. The Tigers got off to an early 17-point lead, lost it in the second half, but held on late to secure its first win of the season.
ONU (1-0) found themselves up 18-4 only after six minutes of play. Only two minutes later they led by 17 after an Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) three-pointer. Clarke (0-1) got as close as seven in the first half, but immediately following the Franz Winkler three, the Tigers scored five straight. ONU finished the half scoring 49 points and up 12.
In the first half, Olivet shot 18-for-34 from the field (52.9 percent), 8-for-14 from the three-point line (57.1 percent) and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line (71.4 percent). They outrebounded Clarke 25-16 and committed six turnovers. Clarke shot 40.7 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from the three-point line and 100 percent from the free-throw line. The Crusaders committed five first-half turnovers.
The second half was very different for both teams as Clarke came alive scoring 16 of the first 22 pints of the half cutting the deficit to two, 55-53. Clarke eventually took a three-point lead at the 8:24 mark when Jarrodd Brown laid it in. Not soon after the Tigers scored five straight to take it back, capped off by a Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) 25-foot three-pointer. ONU was able to hold on the remainder of the game and outscored Clarke 14-8 the rest of the game.
Senior Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) led the Tigers with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field and 3-for-3 shooting from the free-throw line. He also had six rebounds in 29 minutes.
Sophomore Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.)finished with 16 points on 4-for-9 shooting from the field, 3-for-5 from the three-point line, and 5-for-7 from free throw line. He also had five rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes.
Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) finished with 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field and 3-for-7 shooting from the three-point line. He also had two assists in 30 minutes.
Tony Banks (Peoria, Ill.) finished with 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 from three-point line. He also had seven rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes.
Freshman Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting, 10 rebounds and two assists. He recorded a double-double in his first career game and start.
Franz Winkler led Clarke with 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting from the field and 5-for-11 shooting from the three-point line. He added four rebounds and four assists. Jarrodd Brown finished with 12points on 6-for-13 shooting and five rebounds. Tre Wagner added 13 points and three assists, and John Hedrington finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
Overall, the Tigers shot 30-for-63 from the field (47.6 percent), 9-for-21 from the three-point line (42.9 percent) and 9-for-16 from the free-throw line (56.3 percent). They outrebounded Clarke 43-37, committed only 12 turnovers and totaled 22 assists, four steals and 13 offensive rebounds.
Clarke, meanwhile, shot 29-for-71 from the field (40.8 percent), 6-for-24 from beyond the arc (25 percent) and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line (85.7 percent). The Crusaders had 13assists, 10 turnovers, 12 offensive rebounds and five steals.
Worner has made 124 career three-pointers, good for 16th all-time, 14 behind Jeff Park and Ryan Paxson (138) for 14th.
Olivet will begin CCAC play on the road at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Deerfield, Ill. against Trinity International University (Ill.).