Jake Boyce & Ben Worner finished with double-doubles against Calumet-St. Joseph
WHITING, Ind. – A frustrating shooting night for the Tigers ended on an exciting note when sophomore Austin Davis (North Augusta, N.C.) drove the lane and gave it up to senior Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) for what ended up being the game-winning lay-up with 2.7 seconds left. The 55-54 conference win over the Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) Crimson Wave is the Tiger’s seventh in eight games.
Olivet (15-11, 12-9) jumped out to an early 9-2 lead by the 16:28 mark, only to see Calumet-St. Joseph (6-20, 3-18) cut it to 9-7 a minute later. From there, neither team could find the bottom of the net for the next six minutes until the Crimson Wave converted a three-point play to go-ahead 10-9. They proceeded to take a six-point lead (17-11) with 5:55 to play and led by four at the half after giving up a late Tiger bucket.
In the first half, Olivet shot 8-for-28 from the field (28.6 percent), 3-for-11 from the three-point line (27.3 percent) and 4-for-7 from the free-throw line (57.1 percent). They outrebounded the Crimson Wave 21-20, had seven offensive rebounds and committed seven turnovers. Calumet-St. Joseph shot 36.7 percent from the field, 40 percent from the three-point line and 100 percent from the free-throw line. The Crimson Wave committed four first-half turnovers and had five offensive rebounds.
The second half did not treat the Tigers well from the start, as they failed to score their sixth point of the half until the 15:44 mark after falling behind by nine (38-29). They still trailed by six with 12:35 to play when they finally went on an 11-2 run to take a 47-44 lead. ONU held on to the lead until the 1:35 mark when Franqlin Gatson made a jumper to put the Crimson Wave up 53-51 to cap off a 5-0 run. The Tigers tied the game in the following possession and then fouled Javon Robinson, who only made one free throw. ONU turned the ball over in their next possession, but following a Crimson Wave miss at the line, ONU had the ball for the final possession. That’s when Davis connected with Boyce for the game-winner.
Jake Boyce led the Tigers with 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added 13 rebounds in 35 minutes, good for his 10th double-double of the year.
Senior Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) finished with 12 points on 4-for-14 shooting from the field, 3-for-10 from the three-point line and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. He also had 10 rebounds and four steals in 40 minutes.
Freshman Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field, 1-for-1 from the three-point line and 3-for-7 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds in 29 minutes. With 14 points, this was Larson’s 14th straight game in double figures.
Javon Robinson led the Crimson Wave with 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field, 1-for-1 from the three-point line and 1-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes. Damonte Lowery finished with 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting, 1-for-4 from the three-point line and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line, and had five rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes. Marcus Moody added eight points and five rebounds in 30 minutes.
Overall, the Tigers shot 21-for-62 from the field (33.9 percent), 6-for-21 from the three-point line (28.6 percent) and 7-for-14 from the free-throw line (50 percent). They outrebounded Calumet-St. Joseph 40-36, committed only nine turnovers and totaled 15 assists, with 17 offensive rebounds and seven steals.
Calumet-St. Joseph shot 23-for-51 from the field (45.1 percent), 5-for-13 from beyond the arc (38.5 percent) and 3-for-9 from the free-throw line (33.3 percent). The Crimson Wave had 15 assists, nine turnovers, eight offensive rebounds and four steals.
Worner has made 190 career three-pointers, good for sixth all-time. Worner is six behind Mike Carr for fifth (196). Also, with 12 points against Calumet-St. Joseph, Worner has 997 career points — only three shy of 1,000. When he reaches the 1,000 point milestone, he will become the 38th member of the ONU Men's Basketball 1,000-Point Club.
ONU will be back in action Saturday, February 9, at McHie Arena against conference opponent Judson University (Ill.) at 3 p.m.