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2013-11-15 ONU falls 93-89 to No. 1 Georgetown; give up 22-point first half lead
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Sophomore Aaron Larson recorded his second double-double of 2013 against NAIA Division I on Friday (21 points, 11 rebounds)

ONU falls 93-89 to No. 1 Georgetown; gives up 22-point first half lead

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

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 ahead.

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 steals.

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 steals.

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).