Junior Matt Ryan averaged 14 points, six rebounds and went 12-for-17 from the floor in two games this weekend
GEORGETOWN, Ill. — After a tough loss on Friday night to
Georgetown, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team had one more
chance at a win before the week was over. The No. 23 ranked team in NAIA
Division I awaited the Tigers. ONU never could quite handle the pressure and
missed too many free throws in the 95-83 loss to Life University (Ga.).
In the first four minutes of the game, the Eagles' (5-2) high
pressure defense caused 10 Tiger (1-4) turnovers, giving Life an early
double-digit lead that they kept until the first half. Through the first 10
minutes, ONU went 1-for-10 from the free-throw line and didn’t get back to 50
percent at the line until late in the game. However, a double-digit run by the
Tigers — with only three minutes to go in the first half — did get Olivet back in
the game, allowing them to trail only 45-39.
In the first half, Olivet shot 16-for-34 from the field (47.1
percent), 3-for-9 from the three-point line (33.3 percent) and 4-for-13 from
the free-throw line (30.8 percent). The Tigers outrebounded Life 30-20. The
Tigers had nine offensive rebounds and committed 15 turnovers. Life shot 48.8
percent from the field, 20 percent from the three-point line and 37.5 percent
from the free-throw line. The Eagles committed six first-half turnovers and had
four offensive rebounds.
The second half began much differently than the first as the
Tigers took control, outscoring the Eagles 19-8 to take a five-point lead with
16 minutes to play. However, a 14-2 run
gave Life a 67-60 lead, and they never turned back, continuing to cause turnovers
which resulted in lay-ups. The Tigers were never able to get back in the game.
Junior Austin Davis
(North Augusta, S.C.) led the Tigers with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting
from the field, 3-for-6 from the three-point line, and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and two assists
in 25 minutes.
Larson (Tolono, Ill.) had 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting from the field and
2-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added eight rebounds and three assists in 33
Junior Matt Ryan (San
Diego, Calif.) led the Tigers inside with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting. He
also added six rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.
Freshman Tyler Crater
(Hampshire, Ill.) finished with nine points, nine rebounds and two assists
in 21 minutes off the bench.
Jose Pena-Benjamin led Life with 21 points on 8-for-11
shooting from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added eight
rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes. Philip Jenkins finished with 20 points
on 9-for-17 shooting, and had four rebounds and six steals in 30 minutes. Caleb
Hayes added 13 points and five assists in 27 minutes.
Overall, the Tigers shot 30-for-61 from the field (49.2 percent),
4-for-14 from the three-point line (28.6 percent) and 19-for-34 from the
free-throw line (55.9 percent). They outrebounded Life 50-36, committed 33
turnovers and totaled 15 assists, with 14 offensive rebounds and six steals.
Life shot 40-for-79 from the field (50.6 percent), 4-for-16
from beyond the arc (25 percent) and 11-for-24 from the free-throw line (45.8
percent). The Eagles had 12 assists, 14 turnovers, 11 offensive rebounds and 23
ONU will be back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 20, on the
road against the NAIA Division I No. 6 Concordia University-Irvine (Calif.) at 7