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2014-02-08 ONU moves atop CCAC South Division with 59-42 win over Holy Cross; Crater, Thorson with career-highs
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Sophomore Tyler Crater scored a career-high 15 points in the Tiger's win over Holy Cross on Saturday

ONU moves atop CCAC South Division with 59-42 win over Holy Cross; Crater, Thorson with career-highs

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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.

Sophomore Alex 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.

Sophomore Reid 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 minutes.

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 seven steals.

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 11 steals.

ONU will play its third straight home game on Wednesday, Feb. 12 against conference opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 7:30 p.m.

Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2013/onumbb24.htm