By: Andrew Korba
PASADENA (Calif.) -- The Ohio Northern men's basketball team shot 40-of-61 (65.6 percent) from the field, on its way to a 102-69 win over Cal Tech of Sunday afternoon at the Braun Athletic Center.
The Polar Bears have now won three in a row and move to 5-4 on the season, while the Beavers fall to 3-7.
ONU was also 10-of-16 in (62.5 percent) in three pointers and finished 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
Senior Branden Rushton led five ONU players in double figure scoring with a game-high 21 points. He also tied his career-high with seven rebounds.
Junior Jordan Martin added a career-high 15 points off the bench.
The Polar Bears took control of the game early, scoring the first nine points, to jump out to an early lead.
ONU used a 10-0 run, capped off on a three by Rushton, to push its lead to 21-4 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the first half.
Cal Tech would chip away and cut the Northern lead to 30-19, but the Polar Bears came right back with a 12-4 run to push their lead back to 42-23.
A layup from Royal in the closing moments of the first half gave ONU a 50-30 advantage at the break.
A 12-1 run midway through the second half by ONU put the game away.
The Beavers finished the game 24-of-59 (40.7 percent) in shooting and were 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) in three pointers.
Northern won the rebounding battle 34-28.
ONU saw its bench outscore Cal Tech 46-22 and also held a 48-34 advantage in points on the paint.
Ohio Northern will return to action on Tuesday, when it travels to face off against Chapman (Calif.) at 7 pm EST.