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2014-02-01 Hodge wins No. 700 as Tigers defeat Purdue-Calumet 92-82
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ONU's head coach Ralph recorded his 700th career win on Saturday

Hodge wins No. 700 as Tigers defeat Purdue-Calumet 92-82

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2014 at 9:20 PM

HAMMOND, Ind. — With the fourth straight win and ninth in 11 games for Tiger men's basketball, Olivet Nazarene University’s own Head Coach Ralph Hodge won his 700th career game on Saturday, Feb. 1. Hodge joins only five other active NAIA coaches who have reached this career achievement. Hodge accomplished the mark with a win over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.), defeating the Peregrines 92-82. ONU moves into a tie for first place in the CCAC South Division with Holy Cross College (Ind.) with the victory.

ONU got back to .500 with three outstanding efforts. Sophomore Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-19 field goals. Sophomore Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) finished 9-of-13, good for a career-high 23 points. Senior Tony Banks (Peoria, Ill.) finished with his first career double-double, scoring 11 points and dishing out 10 assists.

Head Coach Ralph Hodge commented on his 700th career win: “Great win today by a determined, hard-working group of guys, just like it has been throughout all the rest.”

The Tigers (11-11, 9-4) used a 13-point first half lead, their largest of the game, to get things started as Aaron Larson poured in 18 points in the first segment, converting on 8-of-12 shots. Olivet led only 45-40 at the break as Purdue-Calumet (16-7, 8-5) closed the final 3:31 of the half on a 15-8 run. The Peregrines scored 10 points from the free-throw in the first half, but were plagued with 10 turnovers leading to 12 Olivet points.

In the first half, Olivet shot 20-for-36 from the field (55.6 percent), 1-for-5 from the three-point line (20 percent) and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line (60 percent). They outrebounded the Peregrines 19-11. The Tigers had 10 offensive rebounds and committed eight turnovers. Purdue-Calumet shot 52 percent from the field, 66.7 percent from the three-point line and 71.4 percent from the free-throw line. The Peregrines committed 10 first-half turnovers and had four offensive rebounds.

In the second half, Olivet built their lead to 12-points only 1:42 into the half; but by the 9:33 mark, Purdue-Calumet closed the gap to 65-61 after two Roddy Richardson free-throws. Again, the Tigers went on a 10-2 spurt that would allow them to keep the Peregrines at arm’s length as they led 75-63. The closest that Purdue-Calumet would get over the final seven minutes would be six points (86-80) after a Noah Allen steal, but ONU’s ZachWagner scored the Tigers’ final six points to seal the win.

Sophomore Aaron Larson led the Tigers with a career-high 30 points on 12-for-19 shooting from the field, 2-for-3 from three-point line and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 34 minutes.

Junior Zach Wagner finished with a career-high 23 points, making 9-of-13 field goals and went 5-for-7 from free-throw line. He also finished with seven rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes.

Senior Tony Banks (Peoria, Ill.) recorded his first career double-double with 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting and 1-for-2 from the three-point line. He added four rebounds, 10 assists and four steals in 38 minutes.

Sophomore Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) finished with 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting, 1-for-1 from the three-point line and 1-for-2 from free-throw line. He added nine rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes.

Off the bench, junior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) finished with eight points, going 3-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes. Freshman Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had seven points and two assists in 21 minutes. 

The Tigers’ starting point guard, junior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.), missed his second game this season with a sprained ankle that he suffered earlier in the week during practice.

Noah Allen led Purdue-Calumet with 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field, 2-for-3 from the three-point line and 4-for-8 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds, six assists and eight steals in 39 minutes. Roddy Richardson finished with 21 points on 6-for-13 shooting, 2-for-9 from the three-point line and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line, and had three rebounds in 38 minutes. Kaspars Brencans added 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.

Overall, the Tigers shot 37-for-61 from the field (60.7 percent), 5-for-12 from the three-point line (41.7 percent) and 13-for-17 from the free-throw line (76.5 percent). They outrebounded the Peregrines 38-19, and committed 21 turnovers and totaled 27 assists, with 13 offensive rebounds and eight steals.

Purdue-Calumet shot 27-for-57 from the field (47.4 percent), 6-for-18 from beyond the arc (33.3 percent) and 22-for-28 from the free-throw line (78.6 percent). The Peregrines had 15 assists, 15 turnovers, six offensive rebounds and 14 steals.

ONU will be back in action Thursday, Feb. 6, at home against conference opponent University of St. Francis (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.

Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2013/onumbb22.htm