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2014-02-12 Tigers crash Crimson Wave for 7th straight win; Crater, Banks, Larson provide punch
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Sophomore Aaron Larson was one assist shy of a triple-double in ONU's seventh straight win on Wednesday

Tigers crash Crimson Wave for 7th straight win; Crater, Banks, Larson provide punch

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:25 AM

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.

Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2013/onumbb25.htm