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2014-01-22 Tigers survive with 80-71 win against Trinity International; Farchmin scores career-high
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Sophomore Reid Farchmin scored a career-high 24 points on Wednesday, he leads ONU from the free-throw line (.849)

Tigers survive with 80-71 win against Trinity International; Farchmin scores career-high

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Even though the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team struggled to find consistency in its game on Wednesday night, Jan. 22, the Tigers were successful, winning 80-71 against Trinity International University (Ill.). Sophomore Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) helped lead the Tigers down the stretch of the second half with 12 points and four rebounds in the final 11 minutes.

Out of the gate, the Tigers (8-11, 6-4) were slow, not taking a lead until the 13:12 mark. However, with 7:25 remaining, Olivet led 22-14 — keeping the Trojans (3-17, 1-8) to only seven points over the seven-minute period. Meanwhile, the home team was unwilling to let ONU take complete control as scoring started to pick up. Over the next five minutes, there were 20 points scored, and the game was tied at 28 apiece. The Tigers only led by a point, 32-31, at the half after giving up 17 points in the final seven minutes.

In the first half, Olivet shot 15-for-31 from the field (48.4 percent), 0-for-5 from the three-point line (0 percent) and 2-for-5 from the free-throw line (40 percent). Rebounds were even at 19 apiece. The Tigers had seven offensive rebounds and committed six turnovers. TIU shot 28.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from the three-point line and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Trojans committed five first-half turnovers and had nine offensive rebounds.

At the 10:44 mark of the second half, the first nine minutes had already seen five ties and four lead changes between the two teams before the game was at 51 apiece. Over the next three minutes, the game was still a one-point game as the Tigers led 58-57. However, from there the Tigers took a 10-2 run and led by nine, 68-59, their largest of the game. During the final 4:12, the Tigers made 10-of-11 free-throws and maintained as much as a five-point lead until the final horn, gaining their eighth win of the season.

Sophomore Reid Farchmin led the Tigers with a career-high 24 points on 7-for-13 shooting, 1-for-3 from the three-point line and 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds in 31 minutes.

Junior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) finished with a 20 points on 6-for-14 shooting and 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds in 35 minutes.

Sophomore Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds in 21 minutes before fouling out with five minutes to play.

Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) finished with 11 points, making 5-of-5 field goals. He also finished with eight rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes.

Thomas Amrine led TIU with 17 points on 6-for-15 shooting from the field and 5-for-13 from the three-point line. He added two rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes. Justin Peeples finished with 14 points on 2-for-5 shooting and 10-for-10 from the free-throw line, and had two rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes. Sam Salem added 11 points, two rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes.

Overall, the Tigers shot 29-for-61 from the field (47.5 percent), 1-for-11 from the three-point line (9.1 percent) and 21-for-28 from the free-throw line (75 percent). They outrebounded the Trojans 43-29, and committed 11 turnovers and totaled 10 assists, with 19 offensive rebounds and four steals.

TIU shot 21-for-56 from the field (37.5 percent), 8-for-26 from beyond the arc (30.8 percent) and 21-for-25 from the free-throw line (84 percent). The Trojans had 12 assists, 10 turnovers, 13 offensive rebounds and seven steals.

ONU will be back on the court Saturday, Jan. 25, on the road against conference opponent Roosevelt University (Ill.) at 3 p.m 

Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2013/onumbb19.htm