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
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
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.
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
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.