Late rally falls short as Men's Basketball drops OAC tilt at John Carroll

Late rally falls short as Men's Basketball drops OAC tilt at John Carroll

By Tim Glon

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — Freshman C.J. Napier (Miamisburg/Bishop Fenwick) scored 20 points and freshman Landen Long (Mason) added 17 points to lead the Ohio Northern men's basketball team in an 85-72 loss at John Carroll on Saturday afternoon at the DeCarlo Center.

The Polar Bears fall to 4-7 overall and are 0-4 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while the Blue Streaks improve to 8-3, 1-3.

Junior Thomas Phillips (Kenton) added 16 points for ONU.

JCU was led by Ryan Berger with 20 points and Emmett Chambers with 19 points.

John Carroll led 58-40 with 13:17 left in the game when the Polar Bears went on a 15-2 run to pull within 60-55 with 10:32 to play.

The hosts pushed the lead back to 68-55 with an 8-0 run over the next 3:26.

But again Ohio Northern answered as Napier scored seven points to key a 10-0 run to pull within 68-65 with 5:42 to go.

JCU scored the next seven points to push its lead to 75-65 at the 3:30 mark.

Phillips hit a three-pointer and Napier scored inside as ONU got within 77-70 with 2:26 left.

John Carroll would again answer with a 6-0 run to extend the advantage to 83-70 with 43 seconds to play and would hold on for the victory.

Ohio Northern was 24-of-57 from the floor for 42.1 percent and made 9-of-26 3-pointers for 34.6 percent and JCU was 31-of-60 from the floor for 51.7 percent and was 8-of-18 from three for 44.4 percent.

The Blue Streaks won the rebounding battle by a 37-32 margin.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Wednesday with a 7 pm contest at Heidelberg.