BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Tigers used hot shooting and stifling defense to stretch their win streak to four games against conference foe Roosevelt University (Ill.) on Wednesday night, January 23. ONU throttled the Lakers 88-53 using 57.6 percent field goal shooting and 27 assists, while only turning it over eight times. Olivet also had four Tigers in double-digits and got 23 points from reserves.
During the first 12 minutes, both teams showed why their conference records were even as the score remained tied at 21 apiece. There were four ties and two lead changes in that span of time. However, over the next 8:38, the Tigers (12-10, 10-8) turned it in overdrive and outscored the Lakers (13-10, 9-9) 22-8 to take a 16-point lead into halftime.
In the first half, Olivet shot 20-for-34 from the field (58.8 percent), 4-for-11 from the three-point line (36.4 percent) and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line (50 percent). They were outrebounded by the Lakers 18-17, had five offensive rebounds, and committed three turnovers. Roosevelt shot 38.5 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from the three-point line and 50 percent from the free-throw line. The Lakers committed 10 first-half turnovers and had eight offensive rebounds.
The second half was only a continuance of what had just happened at the end of the first half. The Tigers came right out of the gates and wasted no time. They built a 25-point lead by the 13:42 mark, connecting on three three-pointers along the way. By the 10:14 mark, the Tigers led by 30 and held their largest lead of 37 with 3:16 to play, 85-48.
Senior Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) led the Tigers with 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the field and 5-for-10 from three-point line. He added three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 31 minutes.
Sophomore Tony Banks (Peoria, Ill.) finished with 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field and 1-for-4 from the three-point line. He added five rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes.
Freshman Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field. He also had four rebounds in 27 minutes. Senior Torey Laferney (Flint, Mich.) added 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field and 3-for-7 from the three-point line. He added five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.
Off the bench, Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) had seven points and five rebounds in 17 minutes; Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had seven points and three boards in 13 minutes; Jordan Clevenger (Avon, Ind.) added seven points and six assists in 21 minutes; and Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) had two points and three assists in 15 minutes.
Tyree York led the Lakers with 12 points on 3-for-9 shooting from the field, 3-for-5 from the three-point line and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes. Joe Harks finished with 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting and six rebounds in 30 minutes. Brandyn Denson added nine points and four assists in 21 minutes.
Overall, the Tigers shot 38-for-66 from the field (57.6 percent), 10-for-25 from the three-point line (40 percent) and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent). They outrebounded Roosevelt 36-33, committed only eight turnovers and totaled 27 assists, with 10 offensive rebounds and 10 steals.
Roosevelt shot 18-for-50 from the field (36 percent), 5-for-16 from beyond the arc (31.3 percent) and 12-for-23 from the free-throw line (52.2 percent). The Lakers had 13 assists, 17 turnovers, 14 offensive rebounds and two steals.
Worner has made 180 career three-pointers, good for eighth all-time. Worner is seven behind Tony Baker for seventh (187). Also, with 25 points against Roosvelt, Worner has 952 career points — only 48 shy of 1,000. If he reaches the 1,000 point milestone, he will become the 38th member of the ONU Men's Basketball 1,000-Point Club.
The Tigers will be back on the court Saturday, January 26, on the road against conference opponent Trinity Christian College (Ill.) at 3 p.m.