CHICAGO, Ill. – After starting 2-0, the Tigers finally faced defeat to conference opponent to No. 14 St. Xavier University (Ill.) on Saturday, Nov. 10. In a hard fought game between two rivals, it was turnovers and a failure to get to the free-throw line that did the Tigers in. The Cougars took advantage of the Tiger’s mistakes and handed ONU a 90-79 loss.
The game was nip-tuck the entire first half as both teams were finding different ways to score. After only eight and half minutes of play the Cougars (1-2, 1-1) led 25-19 after a Dominique Harvey dunk. However, the Tigers (2-1, 1-1) outscored St. Xavier 11-4 over the next four minutes to take a one-point lead 30-29, and with the help of the defense they kept the lead until the 6:47 mark. St. Xavier eventually took a seven-point lead with only one minute remaining after scoring a quick nine points and that how much the Cougars led by at the half.
In the first half, Olivet shot 16-for-33 from the field (48.5 percent), 5-for-11 from the three-point line (45.5 percent) and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line (75 percent). They were outrebounded by St. Xavier 20-18 and committed 10 turnovers. St. Xavier shot 48.6 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from the three-point line and 60 percent from the free-throw line. The Cougars committed six first-half turnovers.
The second half began in favor of the Tigers as they scored the first 10 of 14 points to cut the lead to only one point. Over the next five minutes ONU kept the deficit to only two when they made it 63-61 at 12:12. However, over the next six minutes the Cougars went on a 16-6 run to take a 12-point lead. The closest the Tigers would get the rest of the game was six points at 4:05 when they trailed 79-73. The Cougars largest lead was 15 at the 2:06 mark.
Senior Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) led the Tigers with 24 points (career-high) on 12-for-18 shooting from the field. He also had 12 rebounds (career-high) in 31 minutes. This is his second double-double of the season.
Sophomore Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) finished with 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field, all three-pointers. He also had four rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes.
Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) finished with six points on 2-for-7 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He also had six rebounds in 34 minutes.
Sophomore Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) finished with 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He also had two assists in 15 minutes.
Dominique Harvey led St. Xavier with 25 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the field, 3-for-6 from the three-point line and 4-for-5 shooting from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds. Brad Karp finished with 23 points on 10-for-20 shooting and eight rebounds. Anthony Grant added 16 points and four assists, and Jack Krieger finished with 15 points and three rebounds.
Overall, the Tigers shot 33-for-67 from the field (49.3 percent), 6-for-18 from the three-point line (33.3 percent) and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line (87.5 percent). They outrebounded St. Xavier 40-35, committed 17 turnovers and totaled 22 assists, and nine offensive rebounds.
St. Xavier, meanwhile, shot 34-for-70 from the field (48.6 percent), 8-for-22 from beyond the arc (36.4 percent) and 14-for-24 from the free-throw line (58.3 percent). The Cougars had 18 assists, nine turnovers, nine offensive rebounds and eight steals.
Worner has made 126 career three-pointers, good for 16th all-time, 12 behind Jeff Park and Ryan Paxson (138) for 14th.
Olivet will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, against conference opponent Holy Cross College (Ind.).