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2014-02-22 ONU finishes regular season with 35-point trouncing of IUSB; Banks scores 12 on Senior Day
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Junior Hunter Jacobs led the Tigers in minutes off the bench with 23, scoring nine points and grabbing seven rebounds in Saturday's win

ONU finishes regular season with 35-point trouncing of IUSB; Banks scores 12 on Senior Day

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 7:14 AM

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 halftime.

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.

Sophomore Aaron 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.

Sophomore Reid 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 minutes.

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 seven steals.

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.

Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2013/onumbb28.htm