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2013-11-16 Life just too much to handle for ONU, Tigers fall 95-83
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Junior Matt Ryan averaged 14 points, six rebounds and went 12-for-17 from the floor in two games this weekend

Life just too much to handle for ONU, Tigers fall 95-83

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 6:31 PM

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.

Sophomore Aaron 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 minutes.

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 steals.

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 p.m. (PST).

Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2013/onumbb05.htm