CHICAGO, Ill. – In only the second game at Roosevelt University’s Goodman Center, the ONU men’s basketball failed to seal the deal on a sixth win. On Monday, December 3, the Tigers traveled to the “Windy City” to play a conference foe. Olivet led by 10 points in the first half and eight in the second but gave both leads back to the home team forcing overtime. In the extra period the Tigers never led turning into a 71-65 loss.
ONU (5-6, 3-5) came out firing leading 8-0 after only three minutes of play. They held a 23-15 lead at the 8:13 mark after a 7-1 run halfway midway through that gave the Tigers another eight-point lead. From there the Lakers (7-3, 5-3) widdled the Tigers lead to four, then three, and finally one with 19 seconds after five straight points with 2:33 remaining they trailed by one. After a late first half turnover Tyree York finally gave Roosevelt their first lead of the game at the buzzer, 32-31.
In the first half, Olivet shot 13-for-28 from the field (46.4 percent), 3-for-9 from the three-point line (33.3 percent) and 2-for-4 from the free-throw line (50 percent). They outrebounded the Lakers 20-19 and committed seven turnovers. Roosevelt shot 36.4 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from the three-point line and 25 percent from the free-throw line. The Lakers committed four first-half turnovers and had six offensive rebounds.
The second half went back into the Tiger’s favor by the 12 minute mark as Olivet led by five and eventually eight, 50-42 at the 9:46 mark after an Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) lay-up. Olivet kept a two-possession lead until the 3:37 mark until Roosevelt scored the next six points to tie the game, four of which on free-throws. With 1:28 to play the Tigers hit a three to go ahead, but Tyree York answered with 22 seconds to tie the game and send it to overtime. In extra time the Lakers built a quick six-point lead, but the Tigers cut it down to one by the 1:18 mark but failed to score again losing by six.
Sophomore Austin Davis finished with 16 points on 6-for-17 shooting from the field and 4-for-11 from three-point line. He also had four rebounds and six assists in 45 minutes.
Freshman Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field and 3-for-6 shooting from the free-throw line. He also had five rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes.
Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) finished with 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field and 2-for-6 from the three-point line. He also had four rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes.
Senior Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) finished with 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting and had five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.
Tyree York led the Lakers with 26 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field, 2-for-3 from the three-point line, and 2-for-2 from free-throw line. He added four rebounds and had three assists in 42 minutes. Joe Harks finished with 15 points on 4-for-15 shooting and seven rebounds in 39 minutes. Kyle Miklasz added 13 points with three three-pointers.
Overall, the Tigers shot 27-for-62 from the field (43.5 percent), 6-for-21 from the three-point line (28.6 percent) and 5-for-10 from the free-throw line (50 percent). They outrebounded Roosevelt 41-39, committed 16 turnovers and totaled 23 assists, and had 14 offensive rebounds.
Roosevelt, meanwhile, shot 25-for-64 from the field (39.1 percent), 9-for-25 from beyond the arc (36 percent) and 12-for-16 from the free-throw line (75 percent). The Lakers had 12 assists, 13 turnovers, 13 offensive rebounds and eight steals.
Worner has made 143 career three-pointers, good for 13th all-time, tied with Cory Hainlen. They are two behind Jeff Dillingham for 12th (145).
ONU will be back in nonconference action against NCAA Division II opponent Lewis University (Ill.) on the road Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m.