BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – After a 17-day layoff from game action the ONU men’s basketball team was back on the court at McHie Arena as the Tigers hosted conference opponent Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) on Thursday, Jan. 3. ONU played sluggish and failed to take advantage of homecourt advantage falling 80-66 to the Peregrines.
The game was played close throughout the beginning stages of the first half as neither team could gain enough momentum to take a significant lead. By the 9:33 mark the game had seen three ties and three lead changes. However, over the next six minutes the Peregrines (8-9, 4-7) would go on a 12-4 run to take an eight-point lead with only three minutes to go before the half. The Tigers (7-8, 5-6) cut the deficit to only five, but wouldn’t score again before halftime as turnovers plagued the ONU attack.
In the first half, Olivet shot 10-for-21 from the field (47.6 percent), 2-for-10 from the three-point line (20 percent) and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line (75 percent). They outrebounded the Eagles 15-14 and committed 16 turnovers. Purdue-Calumet shot 40.7 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from the three-point line and 64.3 percent from the free-throw line. The Peregrines committed eight first-half turnovers and had six offensive rebounds.
The second half was played to Purdue-Calumet’s favor from the start as the go out to a quick 19-point lead with 15-minutes remaining. Only five minutes later they led by as many as 22 points. The Tigers failed to put consecutive offensive possessions together and defensively struggled to stop the Peregrine attack. Besides the final score, the closest ONU got was 16-points around the six-minute mark but it wasn’t enough as the Peregrines controlled the game throughout.
Freshman Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) led the Tigers with 16 points on 3-for-5 shooting from the field, 1-for-1 from three-point line, and 9-for-12 from the free-throw line. He also had four rebounds in 23 minutes.
Senior Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) finished with 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field and 2-for-5 from the three-point line. He added three rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.
Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) finished with eight points on 3-for-9 shooting from the field and 2-for-7 from three-point line. He also had six assists in 27 minutes.
Senior Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) finished with 11 points and four rebounds in 18 minutes.
Kedric Williams led the Peregrines with 16 points on 4-for-10 shooting from the field and 1-for-2 from the three-point line, and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes. Andrew Anderson finished with 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting and five rebounds in 19 minutes. Martel Jackson added 11 points and Aaron Davis had 13 points off the bench.
Overall, the Tigers shot 24-for-52 from the field (46.2 percent), 6-for-19 from the three-point line (31.6 percent) and 12-for-15 from the free-throw line (80 percent). They outrebounded Purdue-Calumet 30-28, committed 26 turnovers and totaled 14 assists, and had 11 offensive rebounds.
Purdue-Calumet, meanwhile, shot 27-for-52 from the field (51.9 percent), 5-for-13 from beyond the arc (38.5 percent) and 21-for-29 from the free-throw line (72.4 percent). The Peregrines had 10 assists, 19 turnovers, 11 offensive rebounds, and 13 steals.
Worner has made 154 career three-pointers, good for 12th all-time. Worner is three behind Josh Bronke for 11th (157).
ONU will return to action on Saturday, January 5 on the road against conference opponent the University of St. Francis (Ill.) starting at 3 p.m.