Sophomore Aaron Larson recorded his second double-double of 2013 against NAIA Division I on Friday (21 points, 11 rebounds)
GEORGETOWN, Ill. — For the third time in five days, the
Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team laced up and played on the road. On
Friday, Nov. 15, the Olivet Tigers competed against the undefeated and No. 1-ranked
NAIA Division I Georgetown College (Ky.) Tigers. ONU led by 22 in the first half,
trailed by as many as eight in the second, had a three-pointer to win with
11 seconds but missed. The ONU Tigers lost to the defending national champions 93-89.
After 10 minutes of play, the Tigers (1-3) had an early lead
over the home team 24-11. Only five minutes later, ONU had stretched the lead to
38-18 after an Aaron Larson (Tolono,
Ill.) bucket. By the 2:07 mark, the Tigers had not only kept their lead but
added two more points when sophomore Reid
Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) made one of two free throws to make it 48-26. However,
Olivet would score only two more points the rest of the half, compared to 12
for Georgetown (5-0).
In the first half, Olivet shot 19-for-39 from the field (48.7
percent), 5-for-13 from the three-point line (38.5 percent) and 7-for-9 from
the free-throw line (77.8 percent). Olivet outrebounded Georgetown 25-21, had nine offensive rebounds and committed six turnovers. Georgetown shot
44.4 percent from the field, 22.2 percent from the three-point line and 65
percent from the free-throw line. Georgetown committed 12 first-half turnovers
and had six offensive rebounds.
The second half continued to be played in Georgetown’s favor
as the 12-point ONU lead was soon cut to eight by 18:02. It was back up to 11
a minute later. But with 14 minutes left, Georgetown took its first lead of 59-57
on a Montavious Marc score. From Georgetown’s first lead until the 5:58 mark, ONU was unable to get the deficit back within two points. Olivet trailed
by no more than four the rest of the way, one point twice, and had the ball
with 11 seconds down two. Austin Davis
(North Augusta, S.C.) missed a three on the far side of the court to go
Sophomore Aaron Larson led Olivet with 21 points on 8-for-13
shooting from the field, 2-for-4 from the three-point line and 3-for-4 from
the free-throw line. He added 11 rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes.
Junior Austin Davis finished with 20 points on 6-for-17
shooting from the field, 3-for-11 from three-point line and 5-for-6 from the
free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes.
Junior Matt Ryan (San
Diego, Calif.) led the Tigers inside with 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting. He
also added six rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.
Junior Hunter Jacobs
(Champaign, Ill.) finished with eight points, four rebounds and two assists
in 29 minutes.
Monty Wilson led Georgetown with 40 points on 11-for-20
shooting from the field, 3-for-6 from the three-point line and 15-for-17 from
the free-throw line. He added two rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes. Deondre
McWhorter finished with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting and 3-for-4 from the
free-throw line, and had 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. Trenity Burdine added 13 points and
two rebounds in 33 minutes.
Overall, Olivet shot 31-for-66 from the field (47
percent), 7-for-22 from the three-point line (31.8 percent) and 20-for-29 from
the free-throw line (69 percent). They outrebounded Georgetown 46-39, committed
18 turnovers and totaled 17 assists, with 15 offensive rebounds and five
Georgetown shot 27-for-68 from the field (39.7 percent), 5-for-17
from beyond the arc (29.4 percent) and 34-for-43 from the free-throw line (79.1
percent). Georgetown had nine assists, 12 turnovers, 15 offensive rebounds and 10
ONU will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 16, on the road
against the NAIA Division I No. 23 Life University (Ga.) at 2 p.m. (EST).