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2013-11-13 ONU falls short (67-60) in upset effort of Eastern Illinois
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Sophomore Zach Wagner finished with 10 points and four rebounds on Wednesday against Eastern Illinois

ONU falls short (67-60) in upset effort of Eastern Illinois

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:48 AM

CHARLESTON, Ill. — Head Coach Ralph Hodge and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team marched into Lantz Arena at Eastern Illinois University Wednesday night, Nov. 13, ready to take on the challenge of a NCAA Division I team. Trailing by three with 1:34 to play, the Tigers were looking for an upset. However, a couple of turnovers later, their efforts fell short by a score of 67-60.

At 13:42 of the first half, Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) hit a three-pointer to put the Tigers (1-2) up 14-9. He again made a lay-up with 10:16 remaining to make it 18-13. ONU controlled the tempo most of the first half and held as much as a seven-point lead. With 8:58 to go, Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored at the rim. However, over the next five minutes, the Panthers (1-1) outscored the Tigers 18-5 to take a six-point lead. With 1:17 to play in the half, ONU got back with four, but Alex Austin’s three with one minute put the Panthers up seven at the half.

In the first half, Olivet shot 10-for-28 from the field (35.7 percent), 2-for-10 from the three-point line (20.0 percent) and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line (87.5 percent). The rebounds were equal, 18-18. The Tigers had nine offensive rebounds and committed six turnovers. The Panthers shot 48.3 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from the three-point line and 55.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Panthers committed five first-half turnovers and had nine offensive rebounds.

The EIU defense held ONU to only three points through the first 6:22 of the second half by clamping down, forcing turnovers and increasing the pressure. They built a 15-point lead by that time, their largest of the game, but Olivet was not going away that easy. The Tigers went on a 14-2 run and got within three by the 9:44 mark. They only trailed by three (53-50) with 7:14 after a tip-in by Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.), who finished with 11 in the game. Again at 3:03, 2:25 and 1:34, ONU trailed by three; but with 1:06 and 47 seconds remaining, turnovers killed ONU’s chances of staying in the game.

Junior Austin Davis led the Tigers with 11 points on 4-for-10 shooting from the field and 3-for-9 from the three-point line. He added three rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.

Sophomore Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with eight points on 2-for-9 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes.

Sophomore Zach Wagner led the Tigers inside with 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting. He also added four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.

Freshman Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) finished with 12 points, two rebounds and two assists off the bench in 24 minutes. Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) added nine points on 3-for-6 shooting in 18 minutes off the bench.

Alex Austin led the Panthers with 18 points on 5-for-12 shooting from the field, 3-for-8 from the three-point line and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. He added two rebounds in 28 minutes. Dennis Green finished with 17 points on 4-for-10 shooting and 9-for-11 from the free-throw line, and had two rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. Keenan Anderson added 10 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.

Overall, the Tigers shot 23-for-55 from the field (41.7 percent), 5-for-18 from the three-point line (27.8 percent) and 9-for-11 from the free-throw line (81.8 percent). They outrebounded EIU 35-34, committed 13 turnovers and totaled 17 assists, with 13 offensive rebounds and six steals.

EIU shot 23-for-55 from the field (41.8 percent), 4-for-17 from beyond the arc (23.5  percent) and 17-for-23 from the free-throw line (73.9  percent). The Panthers had five assists, nine turnovers,15 offensive rebounds and seven steals.

ONU will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 15, on the road against the NAIA Division I No. 1 Georgetown College (Ky.) at 6 p.m. (EST).

Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2013/onumbb03.htm