By Tim Glon
ADA — Senior All-American Ryan Bruns (Chickasaw/Marion Local) 13 of his team-high 16 points in the second half and junior Caleb Bryan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) had all of his career-high 15 points in the first half to lead the Ohio Northern men's basketball team in an 82-73 victory at Heidelberg on Wednesday night at Sieberling Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears improve to 6-18 overall and are 2-15 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while the Student Princes fall to 8-16, 6-11.
The Polar Bears used runs of 18-0, 26-2 and 31-4 to take a 45-22 lead with 1:02 left in the first half.
Bryan was a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor to score all 15 of his points as ONU led 47-24 at intermission.
Senior Daniel Donner (Columbus/Northmor) and sophomore Colton Bachman (Piqua) added 14 points each, freshman Daniel Unruh (Elida) scored 13 points and junior Austin Allemeier (Lima/Elida) chipped in 10 points for ONU.
Heidelberg was led by Myron Prewitt with 24 points.
The Student Princes opened the second half on a 24-11 run to pull within 58-48 with 10:45 to play in the game.
But Ohio Northern would grow its lead to 62-48 and not let HU get within eight points the rest of the way, making 13-of-21 free throws down the stretch.
ONU made 28-of-48 shots from the field for 58.3 percent and were 6-of-14 from three-point range for 42.9 percent, while the Student Princes converted 25-of-66 shot attempts for 37.9 percent and were 7-of-27 from beyond the arc for 25.9 percent.
Ohio Northern out-rebounded Heidelberg 39-28, led by eight rebounds each from Bruns and Donner and seven boards from Bryan.
The Polar Bears will wrap up their season on Saturday when they Muskingum in a 3 pm contest on Senior Day at the ONU Sports Center.