By Tim Glon
ADA — Sophomore Joey Hurless scored 14 points and dished out a career-high nine assists to lead Ohio Northern in an 86-79 Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball loss to Mount Union Saturday afternoon at the ONU Sports Center.
The Polar Bears fall to 10-11 overall and are 5-9 in OAC play, while the Purple Raiders improve to 16-5, 12-2.
Northern ended the first half on a 23-10 run to rally from an early 26-12 deficit, then scored the first basket of the second half to take a 37-36 lead.
But MtU scored the next eight points to go up 44-37 and grew the lead to 57-45 with 12:13 left in the game.
Again the Polar Bears rallied, pulling within 67-64 after a basket by senior Isaiah Roux with 7:08 to play.
The Purple Raiders answered with a 11-2 run to regain a 78-66 lead with 3:37 to go and ONU would not have time to recover.
Northern had eight players score six or more points, led by Hurless' 14.
Pennington played in his 100th game as a Polar Bear on Saturday.
Mount Union was led by Stevie Griffin with a game-high 22 points.
Ohio Northern made 31-of-66 field goal attempts for 47.0 percent, while the Raiders made 29-of-58 for 50.0 percent.
MtU out-rebounded ONU 40-29.
The Polar Bears will take to the road on Wednesday night with a 7:30 pm contest at Heidelberg.