Sophomore Tyler Crater scored a career-high 15 points in the Tiger's win over Holy Cross on Saturday
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the second straight game, the Olivet
Nazarene University men’s basketball held an opponent under 50 points. On Saturday
afternoon, the Tigers defeated conference opponent Holy Cross College (Ind.)
59-42, holding the Saints to only 32.7 percent shooting. By doing so the Tigers
are now atop the CCAC South Division by a half game. ONU won its sixth
straight game and 11th in 13 attempts, doing so by an average of 18 points.
For the first seven minutes the Tigers (13-11, 11-4) dominated every facet of the game keeping the Saints (17-8, 10-4)
scoreless until the Drew Moore hit a 3-pointer at the 13:04 mark to make it
17-3. With just over 10 minutes remaining in the half the Tigers led 21-5, but
the Saints would not go away easy, scoring eight of the next 10 points to make
it 23-13. However, back-to-back threes by Tyler
Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) and Aaron
Larson (Tolono, Ill.) widened the cushion. For the remaining six minutes of the half
neither team played well offensively; ONU only scored four points and Holy
Cross scored eight.
In the first half, Olivet shot 14-for-35 from the field (40
percent), 3-for-8 from the three-point line (37.5 percent) and 2-for-2 from the
free-throw line (100 percent). They outrebounded the Saints 27-12. The Tigers
had 12 offensive rebounds and committed seven turnovers. Holy Cross shot 32
percent from the field, 25 percent from the three-point line and 60 percent
from the free-throw line. The Saints committed seven first-half turnovers and
had three offensive rebounds.
As soon as the second half started, the game was back in the
hands of ONU. The team scored 14 of the first 18 points and took a commanding
22-point lead (47-25) with only 12:25 to play. The Saints were stifled and
confused offensively as nothing seemed to work. Meanwhile, the Tigers continued
to build their lead and eventually took their largest lead of 25 with 8:59 to
play. At that point the Saints had only scored eight second-half points in 11
minutes. However, the Saints had one last run in them as they outscored the
Tigers 11-1 over the next five minutes to make it 15-point game. The surge was not enough, though, as Holy Cross only scored one more time over the final 4:21.
Sophomore Aaron Larson finished with nine points on 3-for-15
shooting from the field. He added seven rebounds and one assist in 36 minutes.
Junior Zach Wagner
(Roselle, Ill.) finished with 10 points, making 5-of-9 field goals. He also
finished with eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 34 minutes.
Thorson (Philo, Ill.) finished with a career-high 10 points on 4-for-7
shooting and 2-for-3 from the three-point line. He added two rebounds, three assists
and two steals in 26 minutes.
Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) finished with seven points on 3-for-7 shooting and
1-for-2 from free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and two assists in 30
minutes. Senior Tony Banks (Peoria,
Ill.) had six points, five rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 37
Freshman Tyler Crater finished with a career-high 15 points
on 5-for-7 shooting, 3-for-5 from the three-point line and 2-for-2 from the
free-throw line. He added one rebound, one assist and two steals in 24 minutes.
The Tigers’ starting point guard, junior Austin Davis (North
Augusta, S.C.), missed his fourth game this season with an ankle injury.
Drew Moore led Holy Cross with 14 points on 5-for-15
shooting from the field, 3-for-10 from the three-point line and 1-for-2 from
the free-throw line. He added three steals in 24 minutes. Clayton Webb finished
with seven points on 3-for-8 shooting and 1-for-4 from the free-throw line, and
had four rebounds in 24 minutes. Parker Dominguez added seven points, three rebounds
and two blocks in 26 minutes.
Overall, the Tigers shot 24-for-64 from the field (37.5
percent), 6-for-17 from the three-point line (35.3 percent) and 5-for-6 from
the free-throw line (83.3 percent). They outrebounded the Saints 48-29, and
committed 15 turnovers and totaled 20 assists, with 21 offensive rebounds and
Holy Cross shot 16-for-49 from the field (32.7 percent), 4-for-16
from beyond the arc (25 percent) and 6-for-13 from the free-throw line (46.2
percent). The Saints had six assists, 13 turnovers, nine offensive rebounds and
ONU will play its third straight home game on Wednesday,
Feb. 12 against conference opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 7:30