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2014-02-26 Tigers squander chance to advance with overtime loss to Roosevelt
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Sophomore Aaron Larson finished the year with his 11th double-double on Wednesday night

Tigers squander chance to advance with overtime loss to Roosevelt

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11:24 AM

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.

Sophomore Aaron 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 history.

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 minutes.

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 steals.

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 steals.

ONU’s loss to Roosevelt ends the Tigers’ season and the career of Tony Banks.