BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Following the Thanksgiving weekend the Tigers got back into CCAC play on Wednesday, and in doing so were very successful. ONU welcomed Trinity Christian College (Ill.) to McHie Arena and after the night was finished walked away with an 84-60 win over the Trolls. With the help of two double-double performances out of the post and great rebounding the Tigers won their third game in four tries.
Olivet (5-4, 3-3) needed the first 10 minutes of the first half to get things moving in the right direction. At the 9:50 mark the Tigers finally took an 18-10 lead after an Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) jumper. Only two minutes Olivet made their lead 13 after a quick 7-2 run. However, the Trolls (2-6, 2-5) would not go away eventually getting their deficit to six by the 5:18 mark, 25-19. They only trailed by eight at the half.
In the first half, Olivet shot 15-for-35 from the field (42.9 percent), 1-for-7 from the three-point line (14.3 percent) and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line (83.3 percent). They outrebounded the Trolls 28-14 and committed five turnovers. Trinity Christian shot 37.5 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from the three-point line and zero percent from the free-throw line. The Trolls committed nine first-half turnovers and had four offensive rebounds.
The second half started to look a little dim for the Tigers as Trinity Christian scored eight of the first 11 points to cut the deficit to only three points. From then the Tigers stretched their lead to 11 at the 12:34 mark, 49-38 and held a 12-point lead with seven to play. That’s when Olivet took control only allowing the Trolls to score seven more points in the game. ONU went on to score 21 more and finish the game dominating in all facets.
Freshman Aaron Larsonfinished with a career-high 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 from free-throw line. He also had 13 rebounds (second double-double) and two assists in 26 minutes.
Sophomore Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) finished with 20 points on 6-for-13 shooting from the field, 2-for-6 from three-point line, and 6-for-9 from free-throw line. He also had six rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes.
Senior Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) finished with his sixth double-double of the year (leads CCAC). He had 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He also had six rebounds and six assists in 29 minutes.
Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) finished with seven points on 3-for-11 shooting from the field and 1-for-7 from the three-point line. He also had eight rebounds in 31 minutes.
BJ Wortham led the Trolls with 34 points on 10-for-24 shooting from the field, 7-for-15 from the three-point line and 7-for-10 shooting from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds and had two assists. Jeff Jefferson finished with seven points on 3-for-5 shooting and four assists. Mike Sutter added five points and two rebounds.
Overall, the Tigers shot 31-for-67 from the field (46.3 percent), 3-for-17 from the three-point line (17.6 percent) and 19-for-24 from the free-throw line (79.2 percent). They outrebounded Trinity Christian 57-31, committed 18 turnovers and totaled 18 assists, and 15 offensive rebounds.
Trinity Christian, meanwhile, shot 22-for-68 from the field (32.4 percent), 7-for-30 from beyond the arc (23.3 percent) and 9-for-16 from the free-throw line (56.3 percent). The Trolls had seven assists, 16 turnovers, nine offensive rebounds and eight steals.
Worner has made 138 career three-pointers, good for 14th all-time, tied with Jeff Park and Ryan Paxson. He is five behind Cory Hainlen for 13th (143).
The Tigers will be back in conference action against the No. 2 ranked Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) Wolves on Saturday, December 1 at 3 p.m. in McHie Arena.