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2014-02-15 Tigers take down Panthers in 102-77 CCAC victory; win 8th straight
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Sophomore Zach Wagner tied a career high (23 points) in the Tigers’ 8th straight win on Saturday

Tigers take down Panthers in 102-77 CCAC victory; win 8th straight

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:08 AM

LAPORTE, Ind. — The Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team last suffered a defeat on January 18. Since then, the Tigers have won eight straight games, all against CCAC opponents, winning by an average of 19 points. ONU stretched the streak to eight with a 102-77 win on the road against Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) on Saturday, Feb. 15, scoring over 100 points for the second time this season. The eight-game win streak is a part of a larger run, in which ONU has won 13 of its last 15 games dating back to December 14.

The evening affair started slow for Olivet (15-11, 13-4), as it took until the 11:51 mark for the team to find its 20th point. By that time, the Tigers led 21-14 using 10 points off of offensive rebounds to stem the lead. However, Purdue-North Central (8-19, 3-14) stayed close through the first 10 minutes of the game. ONU led 22-16 with 10:22 in the half, until a 13-3 run gave the Tigers a commanding 35-19 lead with just over six minutes to play. For the remainder of the half the Tigers and Panthers played even, until the last 1:44 when ONU scored the four points to take a 50-30 lead.

The Panthers started out hot in the second half scoring six of the first nine points to cut the deficit to 17, and eventually had to only 14 with just over 16 minutes to play in the game. Still, the Tigers started to get hot on their own, finishing off a 19-7 run over the next six minutes to take a 26-point lead, their largest of the game. The Panthers eventually got the deficit back to 20 points with two and a half minutes to play, but it was not enough as the Tigers again finished out the half on a 5-0 run.

Sophomore Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) tied his career high with 23 points, going 10-of-12 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. He also finished with eight rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes.

Sophomore Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field, 2-for-3 from the three-point line and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.

Sophomore Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) finished with 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field. He added seven rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes.

Freshman Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) finished with 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting, 1-for-5 from the three-point line and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes off the bench. Junior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) finished with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench.

Senior Tony Banks (Peoria, Ill.) scored seven points, adding four rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes. Junior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) scored nine points and added seven rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench.

The Tigers’ starting point guard, junior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.), returned to the lineup after missing five games. He finished with three points and four assists in 19 minutes.

Nick Lafty led Purdue-North Central with 23 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, 5-for-7 from the three-point line and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes. Tyler Kowalkowski finished with 19 points on 8-for-19 shooting and 3-for-9 from the three-point line, and had four rebounds in 39 minutes. Shereff Knight added 12 points, two rebounds and one assist in 36 minutes.

Overall, the Tigers shot 38-for-65 from the field (58.5 percent), 4-for-12 from the three-point line (33.3 percent) and 22-for-29 from the free-throw line (75.9 percent). They outrebounded the Panthers 46-14, committed 12 turnovers, and totaled 28 assists, with 19 offensive rebounds and two steals.

Purdue-North Central shot 26-for-57 from the field (45.6 percent), 9-for-23 from beyond the arc (39.1 percent) and 16-for-22 from the free-throw line (72.7 percent). The Panthers had 4 assists, 22 turnovers, six offensive rebounds and four steals.

ONU be back on the court Wednesday, Feb. 19, on the road against conference opponent No. 1 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at 7:30 p.m.

Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2013/onumbb26.htm