ADA — Marion Local graduate Ryan Bruns blocked a 3-point attempt and Joey DiOrio made a pair of free throws with 18 seconds to give Ohio Northern an 85-79 advantage on its way to an 86-84 men’s basketball victory against Capital in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener for each team.
The Polar Bears improved to 3-2 overall while the Crusaders fell to 2-4.
Nate Burger led four Ohio Northern players in double figures in scoring with 23 points and a team-high eight assists.
Bruns played just four minutes in the first half after picking up three quick fouls, but finished with 16 points and five rounds. DiOrio had 19 points and eight rebounds and Daniel Donner contributed 10 points also for ONU.
Concordia 72, UNOH 71
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In a game that saw neither team hold more than a seven-point lead, the University of Northwestern Ohio (5-6, 1-3) came out on the short end in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference action at the Cardinal Field House.
Sadeeq Bello paced UNOH with 16 points and five assists while Corbin Pierce had 14 points and eight rebounds and Daniel Page had 10 points and six boards.
Transylvania 74, Bluffton 59
BLUFFTON — The host Beavers fell to 1-4 (0-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) for the year. Transylvania upped its mark to 4-0 and 1-0 in the conference.
Bluffton’s Kevin Christie knocked down 7-of-14 from the field as part of his game-high 18 points. He also dished out three assists. Andrew Hunter chipped in 10 points and Isaiah Taylor had career highs of seven points and seven rebounds also for the Beavers.
ONU 64, Capital 38
ADA — Alexis Kirkbride poured in a career-best 15 points as the No. 15-ranked Ohio Northern powered past Capital at the ONU Sports Center in the OAC opener for each team.
With their fifth consecutive victory, the Polar Bears improved to 5-1 overall while the Crusaders fell to 2-3.
Amy Bullimore posted her third double-double in the last four games with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for ONU. She also added a game-best four blocks. Lindsey Black added 10 points for the Polar Bears.
Concordia 75, UNOH 65
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A 21-14 third quarter allowed Concordia to take control in a WHAC game at the Cardinal Field House.
Latoya Cuthrell led UNOH with 22 points and nine rebounds. Kierra Billingsley had 14 points, Bath grad Danielle VanDyne had 13 points, Upper Scioto Valley alum Emily Patton scored 10 and Cori Dickson dished out eight assists and had six rebounds also for the Racers (4-7, 1-3 WHAC) .
BLUFFTON — The Transylvania at Bluffton scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to a car accident involving the Transylvania team. No one was seriously injured. Players and coaches were transported back to the school. All players’ emergency contacts were notified. Any family members needing any further information should contact the school’s athletics department at email@example.com. No makeup date has been announced.
Spring Arbor 2, UNOH 0
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — The University of Northwestern Ohio finished with an 11-5 shot advantage, but could not convert as Spring Arbor tallied a goal in each half Friday in the NAIA National Semifinals.
The Racers led 6-2 in shots in the first half and 5-3 in the second. The Racers closed out the season with a record of 20-3-1.
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