BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Sophomore point guard Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) provided the shooting touch and a career-high 32 points to give the ONU men’s basketball the spark they needed to snap a current three-game skid. The Tigers defeated conference foe Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) 78-63 at home to get back in the win column. Davis connected on his first 10 field goals and seven three-pointers to tie the school record for an individual game.
The Tigers (6-7, 4-5) trailed from the tip, falling behind 14-9 after two Crimson Wave (4-9, 2-7) free-throws at the 14:19 mark. They trailed by as much as seven with 12:38 play, but were able to finally tie the game after 11 minutes had already passed in the first half. From that point forward there were nine lead changes and four ties before halftime and ONU held a three-point lead with 3:01 to play. Javon Robinson made a lay-up with 48 seconds to give Calumet the lead before the half.
In the first half, Olivet shot 12-for-27 from the field (44.4 percent), 7-for-15 from the three-point line (46.7 percent) and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent). They were outrebounded by the Crimson Wave 19-9 and committed four turnovers. Calumet-St. Joseph shot 54.2 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from the three-point line and 75 percent from the free-throw line. The Crimson Wave committed nine first-half turnovers and had four offensive rebounds.
In the second half, the Tigers took advantage of the hot shooting hand of Austin Davis as he made the Tiger’s first nine-points of the half giving ONU a four-point lead with 17:30 to play. However, the Crimson Wave took the lead back with 14:46 remaining when Damonte Lowery scored on a lay-up. From that point the Tigers went on a 13-5 run to take a six-point with 9:27 remaining and stretched to seven points by the eight minute mark. Calumet-St. Joseph tried to inch back in cutting it to four with six to play but the Tigers held them to only one more point the rest of the game, outscoring them by 12 to win by 15.
Austin Davisfinished with a career-high 32 points on 10-for-11 shooting from the field, 7-for-8 from three-point line, and 5-for-6 from free-throw line. He also had one rebound and three assists in 37 minutes. His seven three-pointers ties a school record with six other Tigers to reach the mark in a single game.
Freshman Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, 2-for-2 shooting from the three-point line, and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He also had six rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes.
Senior Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) finished with nine points, five rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes.
Senior Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) finished with seven points, six rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes.
Marcus Moody led the Crimson Wave with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field and 1-for-2 from the three-point line, and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and had one assist in 332 minutes. Javon Robinson finished with 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting and eight rebounds in 31 minutes. Brian Brilmeyer added 11 points and Damonte Lowery had eight points off the bench.
Overall, the Tigers shot 26-for-57 from the field (45.6 percent), 12-for-22 from the three-point line (54.5percent) and 14-for-18 from the free-throw line (77.8 percent). They were outrebounded by Calumet 35-31, committed only 10 turnovers and totaled 15 assists, and had seven offensive rebounds.
Calumet-St. Joseph, meanwhile, shot 24-for-55 from the field (43.6 percent), 6-for-18 from beyond the arc (33.3 percent) and 9-for-15 from the free-throw line (60 percent). The Crimson Wave had 16 assists, 15 turnovers, 10 offensive rebounds, and two steals.
Worner has made 148 career three-pointers, good for 12th all-time. Worner is nine behind Josh Bronke for 11th (157).
ONU will be back in conference action against Judson University (Ill.) on the road on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m.