By Tim Glon
ADA — The Ohio Northern men's basketball team celebrated Senior Day with a 79-63 victory over Muskingum on Saturday afternoon at the ONU Sports Center.
The Polar Bears end their season with a 7-18 overall record and finish tied for ninth in the Ohio Athletic Conference with a 3-15 league mark.
Senior All-American Ryan Bruns (Chickasaw/Marion Local) posted his 25th career double-double with 33 points and 14 rebounds and junior Caleb Bryan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) had a career-high 26 points to lead Ohio Northern.
The Muskies (8-17, 4-14), were led by Mitch Clark and Trey Singleton with 10 points each.
ONU senior Kevin Austin (Cincinnati/Winton Woods) scored seven points and grabbed a career-high 9 rebounds in his first career start.
The Polar Bears id trail in the contest and used an 8-0 run to go up 26-16 with 8:39 left in the first half.
A 8-0 run expanded Northern's lead to 57-39 with 13:00 left in the game.
A 3-pointer by Bryan gave ONU its biggest lead at 63-43 with 10:26 remaining and Muskingum would not threaten down the stretch.
ONU was 33-of-66 from the floor for 50.0 percent and were 6-of-20 from three-point range for 30 percent, while the Muskies made 20-of-57 field goal attempts for 35.1 percent and were 8-of-28 from beyond the arc for 28.6 percent.
Ohio Northern out-rebounded Muskingum 46-27.