Ben Worner, Jake Boyce, and Aaron Larson were named to the NCCAA North Central All-Region Team
The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team had three Tigers recognized by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) North Central Region’s with postseason honors. Seven schools are eligible for awards within the North Central Region.
Seniors Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) and Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) were named to the 10-player all-region team for the first time in their careers. Freshman Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) was named as one of five to the honorable mention list.
Worner led the Tigers in scoring (14.1), steals (41) and three-pointers made (82) while playing the most minutes for ONU. He was also second on the team in free-throw percentage (.737), third in rebounds (4.5) and third in three-point percentage (.378). During his four-year career, he recorded 1,061 points (reached 1,000 points on February 9 and is now 37th all-time in school history), and 203 three-pointers (5th). He is also tied for the school record with seven three-pointers in a single game, and has done so twice in his career.
Boyce earned his first all-region selection after a breakout year as the predominant Tiger big man. The Tigers’ starting center was third for the team in scoring (12.2) and field goal percentage (.515), and led the team in rebounding (7.5). He also finished the season with 10 double-doubles to lead the team. He scored a career-high 26 points in a win over Trinity Christian on January 26.
Larson, a 6-foot-7 freshman forward, was second on the team in scoring (13.0) points, rebounds (6.1), and led the team in field goal percentage (.558), as well as free-throws made (92) and attempted (136). He also was second on the team in three-point percentage (.389) and finished the year with four double-doubles. He also went a stretch of 14 games from December 15 through February 6 in which he scored in double figures.
The Tigers finished the 2012-2013 season with an 18-13 (14-10) record.
Final season statistics: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/stats/2012/teamstat.htm