ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – In one of only five nonconference games this season for the Tigers, ONU battled NCAA Division II opponent Lewis University (Ill.) on the road. Following an early second half run to cut the Flyer’s deficit to 10 points, the Tigers failed to keep pace, falling 83-47, only scoring 12 points in the second half. The Tigers have dropped three straight games.
Olivet (5-7) started the game firing on all cylinders. The Tigers held a 10-7 lead and 14-12 lead at the 14:56 mark. However, the Flyers (3-2) were just as good scoring on eight of their first 12 possessions to finally take a 19-14 lead. From there, the Flyers led the rest of the first half, stretching the lead to 13 by the 7:15 mark and eventually 16. The Tigers did their best to keep it close, only trailing by 10 at 6:30 and made two free throws with three seconds left to trail 46-35, but gave up a lay-up at the buzzer to trail by 13.
In the first half, Olivet shot 12-for-24 from the field (50 percent), 4-for-8 from the three-point line (50 percent) and 7-for-10 from the free-throw line (70 percent). They outrebounded the Flyers 15-14 and committed eight turnovers. Lewis shot 58.1 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from the three-point line and 55.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Flyers committed three first-half turnovers and had six offensive rebounds.
In the second half, the Tigers needed to cut into the Flyer lead and do it quickly. By the 16:10 mark, ONU had done so making the deficit only 10 after an early 9-6 run. On the next possession, Lewis scored a three-point play and over the next 2:20, neither team scored. Olivet had five chances to cut into the 13-point deficit but was unable to do so, leaving the door open for Lewis to extend the lead and that’s exactly what they did. Over the next 11 minutes, ONU failed to score and Lewis rattled off 24 straight points to take a 29-point lead. Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) ended the drought scoring on a lay-up at the 2:20 mark.
Freshman Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with eight points on 3-for-7 shooting from the field and 2-for-6 shooting from the free-throw line. He also had six rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes.
Sophomore Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) finished with nine points on 2-for-13 shooting from the field and 2-for-8 from three-point line. He also had four rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes.
Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) finished with six points on 2-for-7 shooting from the field and 2-for-6 from the three-point line. He also had four rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes.
Senior Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) finished with eight points on 4-for-10 shooting and had six rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.
David Bryant led the Flyers with 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field and 5-for-9 from the three-point line. He added six rebounds and had three assists in 31 minutes. Ryan Jackson finished with 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting and four rebounds in 31 minutes. Jeff Jarosz added 15 points and Nick Valla had 12 points off the bench.
Overall, the Tigers shot 16-for-52 from the field (30.8 percent), 5-for-20 from the three-point line (25 percent) and 10-for-19 from the free-throw line (52.6 percent). They were outrebounded by Lewis 36-35, committed 21 turnovers and totaled 10 assists, and had 17 offensive rebounds.
Lewis, meanwhile, shot 31-for-56 from the field (55.4 percent), 12-for-24 from beyond the arc (50 percent) and 9-for-16 from the free-throw line (56.3 percent). The Flyers had 17 assists, 13 turnovers, 11 offensive rebounds, nine blocks, and seven steals.
Worner has made 145 career three-pointers, good for 12th all-time, tied with Jeff Dillingham. Worner is just behind Josh Bronke for 11th (157).
ONU will be back in conference action against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at home on Saturday, December 15 at 3 p.m.