By Caleb Scott
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS - The Ohio Northern Men's Basketball team fell to John Carroll 97-78 Wednesday night at the DeCarlo Varsity Center.
The Polar Bears fall to 5-2 on the year and 1-2 in Ohio Athletic Conference action, while the Blue Streaks improve to 4-1, 3-0.
Sophomore Konnor Baker led the way for Northern, scoring a game-high 22 points and pulling down a team-high five rebounds.
John Carroll was led by Jake Hollinger, who finished with 20 points on the night.
After multiple lead changes in the first half, John Carroll broke a 39-39 tie with a 10-0 run, which pushed the Blue Streak lead to 49-39 with 2:29 remaining in the first half.
Northern would bounce back after back-to-back three pointers by Baker spurred a 9-0 run to end the first half.
After the break JCU wasted no time, going on a 14-0 run to open the second half and pushed their lead to 63-48 with 16:31 remaining in the contest.
Ohio Northern would fight back to within 13 points, but couldn't manage to get any closer as the Blue Streaks went on to win 97-78.
JCU won the rebounding battle on the night, edging the Polar Bears 43-34.
Ohio Northern shot 41.2 percent from the field on 28-of-68 shooting, while JCU shot 55.9 percent from the field on 38-of-68 shooting.
The Polar Bears will return to action Saturday as they play host to Capital at 3 pm.