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2014-01-25 Larson posts career game as Tigers dismantle Roosevelt in CCAC action
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Sophomore standout Aaron Larson posts a career-high 17 rebounds on Saturday against Roosevelt

Larson posts career game as Tigers dismantle Roosevelt in CCAC action

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:42 PM

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 the break.

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 three rebounds.

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 steals.

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 seven steals.

ONU will be back in action Wednesday, Jan. 29, at home against conference opponent Trinity Christian College (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m

Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2013/onumbb20.htm