Junior Hunter Jacobs led the Tigers in minutes off the bench with 23, scoring nine points and grabbing seven rebounds in Saturday's win
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — On Saturday, Feb. 21, prior to playing CCAC opponent
Indiana University-South Bend, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball
team honored its seniors. During the game, the Tigers put to rest any doubt over who
was the better team, winning by their largest margin of the season, 91-56. Olivet
finished the season winning 14 of their last 17 games to win the CCAC South
Division, earning one of two No. 1 seeds in the upcoming CCAC Tournament.
Even though the Tigers (16-12, 14-5) put together a
comfortable 14-5 lead after only five minutes, the Titans (12-17, 8-11)
were not willing to give up so quickly. By the 13 minute mark IUSB’s deficit
was only two points, 14-12. Four minutes later the Titans took the lead, keeping
the Tiger offense at bay only allowing four points over a six minute span. At the
7:06 mark the Tigers took a 24-22 lead, and from that point would not trail
again. Olivet went on to outscore the Titans 14-3 to take a 11-point lead into
In the first half, Olivet shot 15-for-31 from the field (48.4
percent), 1-for-8 from the three-point line (12.5 percent) and 5-for-13 from
the free-throw line (38.5 percent). They outrebounded the Titans 24-19. The
Tigers had seven offensive rebounds and committed nine turnovers. IUSB shot 28
percent from the field, 50 percent from the three-point line and 56.3 percent
from the free-throw line. The Titans committed 11 first-half turnovers and had
six offensive rebounds.
Unlike the first half, the Tigers used the second 20 minutes
to stretch their lead and put away the Titans. Only six minutes into the half, the Tigers had their first 20-point lead, starting the second half on a 16-7
run. The Titans did not score their 10th point of the second half until the 11:34
mark when Shane Cook put in a layup. With 4:41 remaining, the Tigers took a
82-51 lead, their first 30-point lead. The Tigers only relinquished the size of that lead once for the remainder of the game.
The Tigers’ lone senior, Tony Banks (Peoria, Ill.), had 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting,
going 2-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds, three assists and
three steals in 31 minutes.
Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the
field, 2-for-2 from the three-point line and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line.
He added 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 27 minutes, completing
his team-high 10th double-double of the year.
Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) finished with 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting from
the field and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds and three
assists in 26 minutes.
Junior Austin Davis
(North Augusta, S.C.) scored 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting and 2-for-5 from
the three-point line. He had two assists and two steals in 22 minutes.
Off the bench, junior Hunter
Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and had
three assists in 23 minutes. Junior Matt
Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had 11 points on 3-for-4 shooting and 5-for-6 from
the free-throw line. He added six rebounds and had two assists in 15 minutes.
Joe Godfread led IUSB with seven points on 1-for-4 shooting
from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds in
20 minutes. Jordan Grant finished with nine points on 3-for-5 shooting and 3-for-4
from the free-throw line, and had four rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench. Chris
Beam added nine points on 3-for-8 shooting, had one rebound and one assist in 21
Overall, the Tigers shot 35-for-66 from the field (53
percent), 5-for-14 from the three-point line (35.7 percent) and 16-for-27 from
the free-throw line (59.3 percent). They outrebounded the Titans 50-29,
committed only 12 turnovers and totaled 21 assists, with 16 offensive rebounds
and eight steals.
IUSB shot 18-for-56 from the field (32.1 percent), 5-for-22
from beyond the arc (22.7 percent) and 15-for-22 from the free-throw line (68.2
percent). The Titans had six assists, 17 turnovers, nine offensive rebounds and
ONU will begin postseason play on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at
home against conference opponent Indiana University-South Bend or Roosevelt
University (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.