ALLIANCE — Marion Local graduate Ryan Bruns broke Ohio Northern’s 36-year-old blocked shots record, leading the men’s basketball team to a 73-66 victory at Mount Union on Saturday afternoon at the McPherson Center.
Bruns blocked three shots in the contest, giving him 172 for his three-year career, breaking the previous school record of 171 set by Stan Mories from 1979-82.
Bruns also scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Polar Bears (12-5 overall, 7-3 Ohio Athletic Conference).
Nate Burger added 21 points and Joey DiOrio added 14 points and eight rebounds for ONU.
With his 30-point effort against the Purple Raiders (9-7, 5-4), Bruns now has 985 career points in 66 games and needs 15 more to become the 38th member of ONU’s 1,000-Point Club.
OSU Lima/Rhodes State 71,
OU Zanesville 65
LIMA — Elijah Fayban (19), Logan Mitchell (13) and Josh Simmons (12) each scored in double digits for the host Barons.
UNOH 84, Concordia 64
LIMA — Behind 22 points from Xander Smartand 15 by Sadeeq Bello, the University of Northwestern Ohio improved to 11-11 overall and 4-8 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference with the victory against the Cardinals (7-14, 4-10 WHAC) at The Garage.
Transylvania 81, Bluffton 67
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Transylvania (13-4, 8-2 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) took control in the second half to defeat Bluffton (8-9, 5-5 HCAC).
Leading the way for Bluffton was Aaron Rich who had a career high 21 points to go along with four boards. Kevin Christie added nine points while dishing out four assists and Isaiah Taylor chipped in eight points, four assists and five rebounds.
ONU 59, Mount Union 42
ADA — No. 10-ranked Ohio Northern posted its 16th straight victory at the ONU Sports Center.
The Polar Bears improved to 16-1 overall and remained perfect at 10-0 in the OAC, while the Purple Raiders dropped to 8-9 (5-5 OAC).
Amy Bullimore led the way offensively for Northern as she tallied a team-best 14 points and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.
Ada graduate Tori Wyss) also grabbed seven rebounds for the Polar Bears, while Bath grad Alyssa Manley scored a career-high 13s.
With seven rebounds Saturday, Bullimore, ONU’s all-time points leader, moved into second place all-time at ONU with 783 rebounds and needs 18 more to break the school’s all-time career rebounding record.
Transylvania 73, Bluffton 59
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bluffton (12-5 and 7-3 HCAC) was unable to overcome a 30 percent shooting afternoon as Transylvania (13-4, 8-2) capped its season sweep of the Beavers.
Macey Sheerer led Bluffton with her 16th career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Allen East grad Kaycee Rowe added her 12th career double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 boards. Also in double digits was Abigail O’Donnell with 13.
Concordia 73, UNOH 61
LIMA — The host Racers (7-14, 3-9 WHAC) led 32-23 at the half, only to see Concordia (15-7, 9-5 WHAC) outscore the Racers 50-29 the final two quarters at The Garage.
Bath grad Danielle VanDyne led the way for the Racers with 16 points while Kierra Billingsley posted a double-double of 14 points and 19 rebounds. Upper Scioto Valley alum Emilty Patton chipped in 14 points also for UNOH.
ONU 225, Oberlin 68
ADA — Braden Kuhn qualified for the NCAA Diving Regionals, leading the Ohio Northern on Senior Day at the ONU Sports Center Natatorium.
The Polar Bears improve to 6-0 overall, while the Yeomen fall to 0-6.
Kuhn won the 1-meter diving with 276.85 points for six dives. It marks the second time this season that Kuhn has surpassed the NCAA standard of 275.00 points on the 1-meter board.
Kuhn is now qualified for the NCAA III Diving Regionals March 2-3 at the University of Chicago.
Kuhn also won the 3-meter diving with 250.50 points to complete the sweep.
Senior Ian Simpson (Strongsville) and junior Pete He (Mason) each won four events for ONU.
Simpson won the 100 backstroke in 55.14 seconds and the 100 free in :49.00 and He won the won the 100 fly in :53.97 and the 200 fly in 2:04.89.
ONU 176, Oberlin 113
ADA — Ohio Northern celebrated Senior Day at the ONU Sports Center Natatorium by improvin
g to 5-1 overall, while the Yeowomen fell to 1-6.
Kierra Watson and Marissa Taylor led Ohio Northern with three victories on the day.
Watson won the 100 back in 1:03.65 and the 200 back in 2:17.15 and Taylor won the 200 fly in 2:19.76 and the 200 breast in 2:41.02.
Watson and Taylor started the meet by combining with Sydney Veon and Lauren Halle to win the 400 medley relay in 4:18.87. Halle also won the 100 breast in 1:12.00 and Veon won the 50 free in :25.04.
Track & field
Tiffin Dragon Open
TIFFIN — Bluffton’s Alexis Cash and Waynesfield-Goshen grad Bailie Barrington finished first (5:37.21) and third (5:45.66) respectively in the women’s mile/
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