Sophomore Aaron Larson was one assist shy of a triple-double in ONU's seventh straight win on Wednesday
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — In the last three games, the Olivet
Nazarene University men’s basketball team has kept its opponent to under 55 points,
winning all three by an average of 24.7. The defensive effort has aided in the
Tigers' sustaining a seven-game win streak since January 22. On Wednesday night, Feb. 12, Olivet
won by their largest margin this season (34), 89-55 against Calumet College of
St. Joseph (Ind.). Overall, the Tigers have won 12 of their last 14 games.
Three Tigers catapulted ONU to the win. Senior Tony Banks (Peoria, Ill.) scored a
season-high 17 points. Freshman Tyler
Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) poured in a team-high, career-high 20 points, and sophomore Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) was an
assist away from a triple-double (11 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists).
With 18:28 remaining in the first half, the Crimson Wave
(14-12, 6-10) held their last lead of the game (3-2). A 19-5 run over the next
four minutes helped ONU (14-11, 12-4) take a commanding lead that would not be
relinquished the rest of the game. The Tigers led by 18 with 11 minutes to play
in the first half, but a quick seven points by Calumet-St. Joseph made it
30-19. With 8:24 to go in the half, Coach Ralph Hodge called a timeout with the Tigers leading 34-21. Over the
next seven minutes, ONU went on a 15-0 run to take a 47-21 lead. The Tigers only
gave up one more basket the rest of the half.
In the first half, Olivet shot 18-for-31 from the field (58.1
percent), 6-for-12 from the three-point line (50 percent) and 5-for-6 from the
free-throw line (83.3 percent). They outrebounded the Crimson Wave 16-11. The
Tigers had four offensive rebounds and committed six turnovers. Calumet-St.
Joseph shot 39.1 percent from the field, 9.1 percent from the three-point line
and 80 percent from the free-throw line. The Crimson Wave committed 13 first-half
turnovers and had two offensive rebounds.
As the second half began, the Tigers began to build their
lead, making it 28 points with just over 16 minutes to play. However, the
Crimson Wave put together a 15-7 run to make it a 20-point deficit, the closest
they would get the rest of the game. ONU took their lead to 30 points only seven
minutes later, 81-50, keeping Calumet-St. Joseph to only seven points over seven
minutes. The Tigers dominated the remaining three minutes just as they did the majority
of the second half.
Tyler Crater finished with a career-high 20 points
on 5-for-10 shooting, 3-for-7 from the three-point line and 7-for-7 from the
free-throw line. He added five rebounds, one assist and four steals in 25
minutes off the bench.
Aaron Larson finished with 11 points on 4-for-9
shooting from the field, 1-for-2 from the three-point line and 2-for-2 from the
free-throw line. He added 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in 33
minutes. He recorded his ninth double-double of the season.
Junior Zach Wagner
(Roselle, Ill.) finished with 14 points, going 6-of-10 from the field and
2-for-5 from the free-throw line. He also finished with five rebounds and two
steals in 18 minutes.
Tony Banks scored a season-high 17 points on 6-for-8
shooting from the field, 3-for-5 from the three-point line and 2-for-2 from the
free-throw line. He added two rebounds and two assists.
In his fifth straight start, sophomore Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) finished with eight points on 3-for-5
shooting and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He added two rebounds, three
assists and three steals in 26 minutes. Sophomore Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) finished with seven points on 2-for-3
shooting and 3-for-4 from free-throw line. He added four rebounds and three
assists in 30 minutes.
The Tigers’ starting point guard, junior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.),
missed his fifth game this season with an ankle injury.
Franklin Gatson led Calumet-St. Joseph with 15 points on 4-for-15
shooting from the field, 3-for-13 from the three-point line and 4-for-4 from
the free-throw line. He added two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30
minutes. Marcus Moody finished with nine points on 2-for-6 shooting and 5-for-10
from the free-throw line, and had three rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. Brian
Brilmyer added five points, six rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes.
Overall, the Tigers shot 30-for-53 from the field (56.6
percent), 7-for-16 from the three-point line (43.8 percent) and 22-for-26 from
the free-throw line (84.6 percent). They outrebounded the Crimson Wave 34-31,
and committed 11 turnovers and totaled 22 assists, with eight offensive
rebounds and 14 steals.
Calumet-St. Joseph shot 20-for-55 from the field (36.4
percent), 4-for-25 from beyond the arc (16 percent) and 11-for-20 from the
free-throw line (55 percent). The Crimson Wave had 12 assists, 22 turnovers, 15
offensive rebounds and seven steals.
ONU be back on the court Saturday, Feb. 15, on the road
against conference opponent Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) at 7 p.m.