By: Caleb Scott
WESTERVILLE - The Ohio Northern men's basketball team cruised to a 72-56 victory over Otterbein University, Wednesday night at Rike Center.
The Polar Bears improve their record to 9-9 on the year and 4-7 in Ohio Athletic Conference play, while Otterbein falls to 3-15, 2-9.
ONU found themselves in an early hole as Otterbein jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 16:58 left in the first half.
Northern bounced back after an 11-2 run capped off by a layup from Thress made the score 11-9 with just over 8 minutes remaining in the period.
After a layup by sophomore Alex Radkiewicz the score was tied at 17 apiece with 2:35 left in the half.
The Polar Bears would close the half on a 6-1 run to make the score 23-18 at the intermission.
Northern started quickly in the second half, as they went on a 15-3 run to open the period, making the score 38-21 with 14:56 left in the contest.
A 3-pointer from Allen would give Northern its biggest advantage on the night, making the score 55-31 with 8:22 remaining in the contest.
Otterbein would fight back and come as close as 56-47 with 4:25 left to play, but Northern would close the Cardinals out as they went on to win 72-56.
The Polar Bears went 22-of-57 (38.6 percent) from the field, including 7-of-21 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Cardinals shot 17-of-52 (32.7 percent) from the field and hit 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) three pointers.
Northern will return to the court Saturday as they host OAC foe John Carroll at the ONU Sports Center at 3 pm.