By: Andrew Korba
NEW CONCORD -- Senior Branden Rushton scored a team-high 20 points to lead the Ohio Northern men's basketball team to a 81-74 win at Muskingum on Saturday afternoon.
ONU moves to 12-9 on the season and 8-6 in the OAC, while the Muskies fall to 7-14, 2-12.
Rushton was 7-of-15 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the stripe.
This is the eighth time this season that Rushton has scored at least 20 points.
A jumper by Rushton with 2:02 left to play put ONU up 74-67.
Muskingum's Logan Kimble would sink two free throws to cut the Northern lead to 74-69 with just over a minute left.
But the Polar Bears went 7-for-8 in free throws in the final minute to grab the win.
Muskingum jumped out to an early 10-4 lead, before Northern scored the next five points to cut the deficit to 10-9.
A basket by freshman Aron Thress put the Polar Bears in front 15-14, with 14:30 left in the first half.
A 3-pointer by Allen pushed the ONU lead to 32-22, but the Muskies would trim the Northern lead to 40-34 at the half.
The Polar Bears finished 24-of-57 (42.1 percent) from the field and went 24-of-34 (70.6 percent) from the line.
Muskingum finished 27-of-61 (44.3 percent) in shooting and 15-of-21 (71.4 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Polar Bears won the rebounding battle 38-33.
ONU also saw its bench outscore Muskingum's 26-3 in the game.
Ohio Northern will return home on Wednesday evening, when it hosts Heidelberg at 7:30 pm.