|Governors State University 9-18 (6-12)||36||43||79|
|Olivet Nazarene University 11-15 (9-9)||40||53||93|
|Feb. 8, 2017|
|Bourbonnais, Ill. (McHie Arena)|
|Governors State University||Indv. Leaders||Olivet Nazarene University|
|2 Players (#24,#23) - 17||Points||#32 Reed, Nic - 31|
|#23 Miller, Jalen - 10||Rebounds||#05 Blan, Josiah - 13|
|#23 Miller, Jalen - 5||Assists||#04 Schlafley, Dane - 8|
|Governors State University||Team Statistics||Olivet Nazarene University|
|49.2% (29 - 59)||Field Goals %||56.5% (39 - 69)|
|34.5% (10 - 29)||3 Point Field Goals %||31.3% (5 - 16)|
|84.6% (11 - 13)||Free Throws||76.9% (10 - 13)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||21|
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Wednesday's 93-79 defeat of CCAC foe Governors State University (Ill.) at the hands of the ONU Tigers was the 10th time Olivet scored 90 or more points this season. Nic Reed (FR/New Albany, Ind.) led the way like he has all year scoring 31 points on 14-of-19 shooting, it's his seventh career game of 30 or more points. At the same time, it was the defense that held the Jaguars under 80 points which had only happened eight other times all season. It was also the third consecutive game the Tigers' defense kept their opponent under 80 points which had only been completed four times in the previous 23 games.
With only four regular season games left coming into Wednesday's game the Tigers (11-15, 9-9) know that every game is to upmost importance. With Governors State (9-18, 6-12) in town the Tigers were defensively going to be challenged and from the start the Tigers were poised to keep the Jaguars from scoring at the rim. ONU took a quick 6-2 lead 2:15 into the game but over the next six minutes the Tigers were unable to stretch their lead as the Jaguars stayed within three points and eventually tied it at 16. After losing the lead with 10:58 to play ONU scored the next seven points to take a 25-19 lead, their largest of the half. Yet, for the remainder of the half Olivet was unable to build it and by the 1:12 mark Governors State only trailed by one. That's when Dakota Bennington (FR/Peoria, Ill.) hit a three for the Tigers and finished the half with a dunk to give ONU a four-point lead before the break.
ONU opened up the half with two straight buckets and held the Jaguars scoreless until the 17:38 mark of the half. Yet, GSU was unable to keep within reach as they only trailed by four with 16 minutes to play and by six with 15:23 remaining. That's when the Tigers put together their largest run of the game, 10-0 to take a 60-44 lead with 13:48 to go. Over the next four minutes ONU held on to their lead but by the 8:56 mark after a Justin Siorek three-pointer it was only eight points. After three-straight three-pointers by the Jaguars it was only six points with 6:31 to play. However, it was ONU who responded with another run (14-4) over the next four minutes that put the game away. ONU captured their largest lead of the game with 30 seconds to play after a Chris Green (JR/Bonfield, Ill.) three-pointer.
Olivet shot 56.5 percent from the floor, shooting 31.3 percent from behind the arc; making 5-of-16 three-pointers. They had 10 more shots than the Jaguars. GSU shot 49.2 percent from field and went 10-for-29 from behind the arc. Olivet went 10-for-13 from the foul line compared to 11-for-13 for GSU.
ONU dominated on the glass 45-to-17, collecting 15 offensive rebounds and scored 21 second chance points. GSU had one offensive rebound of their own and had one two second chance points. The Tigers turned the ball over 17 times giving up 18 points off turnovers and had 27 assists. The Jaguars had 11 turnovers and ONU scored five points off those possessions. The Tigers finished with six steals to nine for GSU.
Nic Reed scored 31 points going 14-for-19 from the field, 1-for-1 from the three-point line and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He added 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes. It is 12th double-double of the season and seventh game of 30-plus points.
Tyler Crater (SR/Hampshire, Ill.) scored a 10 point on 4-for-10 shooting. He added four rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes. With 1,296 career points, he is 27th all-time in scoring. He is also 13th all-time with 158 made three-pointers and is now 18th all-time in field goals attempted with 1,107.
Chris Green had 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting, going 3-of-6 from behind the arc. He added four assists in 25 minutes. Josiah Blan (SO/Minooka, Ill.) scored nine points going 3-for-6 from the field, 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added a career-high 13 rebounds and had five assists in 23 minutes.
Off the bench, Dakota Bennington had 11 points going 5-for-10 from the field and 1-for-2 from the three-point line; adding three rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes. Zach Tuxhorn (SO/Naperville, Ill.) had nine points going 3-for-6 and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line adding six rebounds in 17 minutes. Sterling Thornton (FR/Sterling, Ill.) had six points making all three of his field goals; adding one rebound and two assists in 17 minutes.
ONU is back at home on Saturday, February 11 against CCAC foe Indiana University-South Bend at 3 p.m.
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