BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – It was an historic day for ONU men’s basketball as senior standout Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) reached a career plateau that only 37 other Tigers throughout history have achieved: 1,000 career points. With 12:10 to go in the first half, Worner came across the free-throw line and swished a jumper for his fourth point and his 1,000th and 1,001st of his career. The Tigers went on to play just as well as they had all year and defeated conference foe Judson University (Ill.) 86-39, their eighth win in nine games.
It was all ONU (16-11, 13-9) from the start as Judson had no answer, giving up 14 points in the first seven minutes and 30 with 8:47 to play. The Eagles (5-22, 4-18) trailed by 24 at the 7:51 mark, but had a first half run in store for the Tigers as they scored the next seven points. However, that is the closet they would get the rest of the game. ONU turned it back on and only allowed Judson three more points in the first compared to 16 for Olivet.
In the first half, Olivet shot 19-for-34 from the field (55.9 percent), 6-for-13 from the three-point line (46.2 percent) and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line (75 percent). They outrebounded the Eagles 19-14, had four offensive rebounds and committed two turnovers. Judson shot 23.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from the three-point line and 50 percent from the free-throw line. The Eagles committed 11 first-half turnovers and had three offensive rebounds.
The second half was briefly moving in the wrong direction for ONU as Judson scored nine of the first 10 points to cut their deficit to 22. However, more of ONU was to come as the Tigers jumped all over Judson to extend their lead to 36 by the 9:39 mark and to just two minutes later. Judson was never able to make a dint in the Tigers lead again as ONU continued to strengthen their lead, eventually reaching a pinnacle of 47, the final score.
Worner finished with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field and 2-for-5 from the three-point line. He also had two rebounds, five assists and two steals in 29 minutes.
Senior Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) finished with 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds in 23 minutes.
Senior Torey Laferney (Flint, Mich.) finished with nine points on 3-for-8 shooting from the field, 2-for-4 from the three-point line and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes.
Off the bench, freshman Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) scored a career-high 13 points, going 4-for-5 from the field and 3-for-4 from the three-point line. He added three rebounds and three assists in only 14 minutes. Sophomore Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) scored 11 points and had seven rebounds in 15 minutes in only his third game this year.
Frankie Cleope led the Eagles with nine points on 3-for-5 shooting from the field, all from the three-point line. He added one rebound and one assist in 20 minutes. Turner Schwarz finished with eight points on 2-for-12 shooting, 2-for-10 from the three-point line and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line, and had four rebounds in 35 minutes. Jason Roy added three points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.
Overall, the Tigers shot 34-for-60 from the field (56.7 percent), 11-for-23 from the three-point line (47.8 percent) and 7-for-13 from the free-throw line (53.8 percent). They outrebounded Judson 40-27, committed only six turnovers and totaled 19 assists, with 12 offensive rebounds and seven steals.
Judson shot 13-for-47 from the field (27.7 percent), 6-for-22 from beyond the arc (27.3 percent) and 7-for-14 from the free-throw line (50 percent). The Eagles had six assists, 15 turnovers, seven offensive rebounds and two steals.
Worner has made 192 career three-pointers, good for sixth all-time. Worner is four behind Mike Carr for fifth (196). Also, with 10 points against Judson, Worner reached the 1,000 career point plateau and now has 1,007 career points. He is the 38th member of the ONU Men's Basketball 1,000-Point Club.
ONU will be back in action Wednesday, February 13, on the road against conference opponent Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) at 7 p.m.