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2013-11-12 Tigers struggle in second half in 79-64 loss to NCAA Division II Lewis
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Junior Austin Davis finished with a team-high 22 points on Monday versus Lewis

Tigers' second-half struggles lead to loss against NCAA Division II Lewis University

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:33 AM

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — In the first of four games for the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team this week, the Tigers fell short to the NCAA Division II Lewis University (Ill.) Flyers 79-64. Olivet led at halftime 37-36 but was outscored by 16 in the second period, allowing the home team to win their home opener. The Tigers were subject to missed free-throws and turnovers in the night game on Monday, Nov. 11.

Early in the game, neither team was willing to give an inch as no lead was larger than four. Then at the 12:18 mark, Capel Henshaw tipped in a missed shot to make it 19-13. The Tigers (1-1) managed to climb back in the game by the 9:57 mark when Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.), with his third three-pointer, made it 21-18. From there, the Tigers stayed within five points for the five minutes until the Flyers' (1-0) Julian Lewis scored a lay-up to make it 32-25 with 3:36 remaining. Over the next three minutes, the Tigers tied the game after a 9-2 run, capped off by two Davis free-throws. With six seconds to play, he scored his fifth three of the first half, putting ONU up at the half.

In the first half, Olivet shot 13-for-32 from the field (40.6 percent), 6-for-15 from the three-point line (40.0 percent) and 5-for-8 from the free-throw line (62.5 percent). The rebounds were equal, 19-19. The Tigers had six offensive rebounds and committed seven turnovers. The Flyers shot 46.7 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from the three-point line and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line. The Flyers committed seven first-half turnovers and had four offensive rebounds.

The second half started much like the first. With 14:02 remaining, the Tigers only trailed by three (50-47). However, around the 11 minute mark, the Flyers began to force their will on the Tigers. They stretched their lead to eight, and then 10 at 9:55 after two Ryan Jackson free-throws. Olivet fought back to make a six-point game with 6:43 remaining. But seven points and three minutes later, the Flyers had a 13-point lead and wouldn’t look back.

Junior Austin Davis led the Tigers with 22 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field, 6-for-11 from the three-point line and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.

Sophomore Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 12 points on 4-for-12 shooting from the field, 1-for-2 from the three-point line and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes.

Sophomore Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) led the Tigers inside with 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting and 2-for-4 from the free-throw line. He also added five rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes.

Freshman Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) finished with five points, six rebounds and three assists off the bench in 25 minutes.

Ryan Jackson led the Flyers with 24 points on 6-for-14 shooting from the field and 12-for-13 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes. Julian Lewis finished with 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line, and had eight rebounds in 32 minutes. Jeff Jarosz added 12 points and three rebounds in 27 minutes.

Overall, the Tigers shot 22-for-63 from the field (34.9 percent), 9-for-25 from the three-point line (36.0 percent) and 11-for-19 from the free-throw line (57.9 percent). They outrebounded Lewis 39-36, committed 15 turnovers and totaled 12 assists, with 16 offensive rebounds and four steals.

Lewis shot 27-for-56 from the field (48.2 percent), 3-for-13 from beyond the arc (23.1 percent) and 22-for-24 from the free-throw line (91.7 percent). The Flyers had 11 assists, 11 turnovers, five offensive rebounds and 11 steals.

ONU will be back in action on Monday, Nov. 13, on the road against the NCAA Division I Eastern Illinois University at 7 p.m.