By: Andrew Korba
WILMINGTON -- Senior Jared Horstman drained a 3-pointer with three seconds left in overtime to lead the Ohio Northern men's basketball team to a 88-85 overtime road victory on Wednesday evening at Raizk Arena.
The Polar Bears have now won five in a row and push their record to 15-9 on the season and 11-6 in the OAC, while the Quakers fall to 15-8, 12-5.
The win also clinches a first round bye for ONU in the first round of the OAC Tournament which begins next week.
Senior Dominique Royal paced Northern with a career-high 27 points, going a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line. He also grabbed six rebounds.
Royal sunk two free throws with 10 seconds left in regulation to cut the Quakers lead to 75-74.
After Malcom Heard II split a pair of free throws, Rushton nailed a jumper with one second left to force overtime.
Royal would put the Polar Bears in front at 78-76 on a tip in with 3:59 left in the extra session.
The Quakers would come right back with a 3-pointer, but ONU would get two free throws from Royal to jump back in front 80-79.
A free throw from junior Isaiah Roux put Northern up 83-81 with 1:20 left in overtime, but Heard II tied the game on Wilmington's next possession.
Rushton sunk two free throws with 48 seconds left to put the Polar Bears up 85-83, but WC tied the game back up on a layup by R.J. Leppert with 37 seconds remaining in the game.
Horstman would then sink the 3-pointer with three seconds left to give ONU the win.
ONU used a 7-0 run to open up a 23-15 lead with just over nine minutes left in the first half.
A layup from freshman Aron Thress gave the Polar Bears their largest lead of the night at 36-21, with 4:05 remaining in the first half.
But the Quakers finished the half on a 9-2 run to trim the ONU advantage to 40-35 at the break.
The Polar Bears finished the game 32-of-76 (42.1 percent) from the field and 19-of-22 (86.4 percent) from the charity stripe.
WC went 28-of-62 (45.2 percent) in free throws and 23-of-31 (74.2 percent) in free throws.
The Polar Bears held a 46-37 advantage on the glass, including 21-14 in offensive rebounds.
Northern also outscored the Quakers 40-30 in the paint and held a 17-4 advantage in fast break points.
Ohio Northern will return to action on Saturday, when it host Capital at the ONU Sports Center at 3 pm. The Polar Bears will honor their three seniors before the game as part of Senior Day festivities.