Sophomore standout Aaron Larson posts a career-high 17 rebounds on Saturday against Roosevelt
CHICAGO, Ill. — With 19 points and 17 rebounds, sophomore Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) helped
start what became the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team’s second
largest win margin of the season. On Saturday
versus Roosevelt University (Ill.) the Tiger swing-man scored on three
consecutive offensive rebounds early in the game that helped give Olivet an
early double-digit lead, that eventually led to an ONU 91-64 win. Larson’s
seventh double-double, ended up being a career game as he collected 17
rebounds, the most in his career.
From the get-go ONU (9-11, 7-4) was ready to take a lead and
keep it as they led 18-7 only seven minutes in. Only one minute later the
Lakers (12-9, 4-7) cut into the deficit to make it 21-14 and force a Tiger
timeout, but it was short-lived for the home team as the Tigers 6-3 run to take
a 13-point with eight minutes left. Three minutes later Olivet took a 17-point
lead and would take it 20 points with 1:23 remaining when Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) made two free-throws. ONU led by 18 at
In the first half, Olivet shot 18-for-32 from the field (56.3
percent), 4-for-9 from the three-point line (44.4 percent) and 8-for-8 from the
free-throw line (100 percent). They outrebounded the Lakers 22-15. The Tigers
had eight offensive rebounds and committed only five turnovers. Roosevelt shot 35.5
percent from the field, 18.2 percent from the three-point line and 60 percent
from the free-throw line. The Lakers committed six first-half turnovers and had
nine offensive rebounds.
The second half was just as friendly to the Tigers as it was
in the first as Olivet started on a 14-6 after only 4:30 played. The Tigers
keep their lead above 20 points until the 9:28 mark after a Roosevelt 6-0 run
gave the Lakers their last hope in the game. It only took the Tigers four
minutes to build their largest lead of the game (30) with only 5:28 to play.
From the 9:28 mark when the Lakers cut the deficit to 20, the Tigers outscored
the home 20-13 to end the game and win by 27.
Sophomore Aaron Larson led the Tigers with 19 points on 9-for-16
shooting from the field and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line. He added a
career-high 17 rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes. He now has seven
double-doubles for the season and 11 in his career.
Junior Austin Davis
(North Augusta, S.C.) finished with a 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting and 6-for-7
from the three-point line. He added one rebound and four assists in 24 minutes.
Sophomore Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) finished with 14
points on 3-for-9 shooting and 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds
and three assists in 30 minutes.
Junior Zach Wagner
(Roselle, Ill.) finished with 12 points, making 6-of-8 field goals. He also
finished with eight rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes.
Off the bench, Matt
Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) finished with 10 points, going 5-for-6 and had
Tyree York led Roosevelt with 16 points on 5-for-12 shooting
from the field and 6-for-9 from the three-point line. He added seven rebounds and
five assists in 29 minutes. Joe Harks finished with 12 points on 5-for-16
shooting and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line, and had four rebounds in 29
minutes. Korey Ryan added 10 points, one rebound and one assist in 25 minutes.
Overall, the Tigers shot 36-for-69 from the field (52.2
percent), 8-for-16 from the three-point line (50 percent) and 11-for-12 from
the free-throw line (91.7 percent). They outrebounded the Lakers 53-26, and
committed 11 turnovers and totaled 26 assists, with 20 offensive rebounds and six
Roosevelt shot 22-for-60 from the field (36.7 percent), 5-for-23
from beyond the arc (21.7 percent) and 15-for-23 from the free-throw line (65.2
percent). The Lakers had 11 assists, eight turnovers, 12 offensive rebounds and
ONU will be back in action Wednesday, Jan. 29, at home
against conference opponent Trinity Christian College (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m