Sophomore Aaron Larson finished the year with his 11th double-double on Wednesday night
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — With a CCAC Tournament Semifinal berth
on the line, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball squandered an opportunity
to advance in the postseason. The Tigers fell to Roosevelt University (Ill.)
88-84 in overtime in the quarterfinal round at home, ending their season. The
Lakers were able to tie the game in regulation with only 1:47 remaining and
scored 16 points in the extra period to advance.
It took the Tigers (16-13) over 10 minutes to gain their first
lead since 2-0. At the 9:11 mark, the Tigers used a three-pointer to take a
20-19 lead. From there, the lead changed four times before the end of the half.
With only 30 seconds remaining in the second half, ONU took their largest lead
of the first period; but in their last possession, the Lakers (16-15) converted
on a Jason Sotira three-pointer in the far corner to make it 43-40.
In the first half, Olivet shot 17-for-29 from the field (58.6
percent), 3-for-10 from the three-point line (30 percent) and 6-for-7 from the
free-throw line (38.5 percent). They were outrebounded by the Lakers 16-13. The
Tigers had two offensive rebounds and committed two turnovers. Roosevelt shot
48.3 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from the three-point line and 77.8
percent from the free-throw line. The Lakers committed five first-half
turnovers and had five offensive rebounds.
The second half started slowly as both teams had only a combined 13
points through the first eight minutes (50-6). Three minutes later, the Tigers
had an eight-point lead — their largest of the game — following a jumper that made
it 57-49. With 7:56 remaining, the Tigers led 60-53 and had eight minutes to
shut the door on the Lakers; but on three straight defensive possessions for
the Tigers, they fouled and sent Roosevelt to the line, where they made four of
six to make it 60-57. Again at the 4:25 mark, ONU built the lead back to eight
and held a 69-61 lead with 3:11 to go. Back-to-back layups and another score
for ONU made it 71-65 in favor of the Tigers. However, two missed free-throws
and an offensive rebound opportunity for Roosevelt gave Jason Markus another
three-pointer to make it 71-68. A turnover later and two free-throws by Harks
made it 71-70. The Tigers made one of two of their own to make it 72-70, and that’s
when Jeremiah Jackson tied the game with 11 seconds remaining. ONU missed a lay-up at the
buzzer to send it into overtime.
In overtime, both teams traded buckets through the first two
minutes to keep it tied at 78 apiece. A missed shot by the Tigers gave Tyree
York an opportunity to capitalize on the other end with a three of his own, and
he did. Another miss by the Tigers gave the Lakers a chance to take a
five-point lead. The Tigers cut the five-point lead to only a two-point deficit
with a three. Then down only four with 25 seconds, they made another three to make
it 85-84. The Tigers trailed 86-84 with six seconds left, but the Tigers were called
for a foot out of bounds on their final attempt, ending their chance to win.
Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 15 points on 6-for-7 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 and three assists in 40 minutes, completing his team-high 11th
double-double of the year.
Junior Austin Davis
(North Augusta, S.C.) scored 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting, 4-for-7 from
the three-point line and 2-for-3 from the three-point line. He had three
rebounds and eight assists in 40 minutes. He finished the year with 69 made
three-pointers and has 148 in his career, good for 13th all-time in Tiger
Sophomore Zach Wagner
(Roselle, Ill.) had 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting, going 2-for-4 from the
free-throw line. He added eight rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes.
Senior Tony Banks
(Peoria, Ill.) finished with six points on 3-for-13 shooting. He had four
rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes. Sophomore Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) finished with eight points on 3-for-7
shooting from the field, 1-for-2 from three three-point line and 1-for-2 from
the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes.
Off the bench, freshman Tyler
Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) scored 11 points on 3-for-10 shooting and 4-for-6
from the free-throw line. He grabbed one rebound and had four assists in 30
Tyree York led Roosevelt with 18 points on 5-for-15 shooting
from the field and 12-for-16 from the free-throw line. He added 10 rebounds and six assists in 42 minutes. Joe Harks
finished with 21 points on 5-for-15 shooting and 10-for-14 from the free-throw
line, and had six rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes. Jeremiah Jackson
added 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting, and had two rebounds in 12 minutes.
Overall, the Tigers shot 33-for-64 from the field (51.6 percent),
7-for-21 from the three-point line (33.3 percent) and 11-for-17 from the
free-throw line (64.7 percent). They outrebounded the Lakers 37-33, committed
only 12 turnovers and totaled 24 assists, with 11 offensive rebounds and three
Roosevelt shot 27-for-58 from the field (46.6 percent), 8-for-24
from beyond the arc (33.3 percent) and 26-for-34 from the free-throw line (76.5
percent). The Lakers had 17 assists, 10 turnovers, 10 offensive rebounds and six
ONU’s loss to Roosevelt ends the Tigers’ season and the
career of Tony Banks.