By Tim Glon
ALLIANCE -- Ohio Northern got off to a slow start and was not able to recover in a 101-82 loss at Mount Union Tuesday evening in the quarterfinals of the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Center.
The sixth-seeded Polar Bears end their season at 12-14 overall, while the third-seeded Purple Raiders improve to 20-6.
MtU advances to the semifinals on Thursday and will face either second-seeded John Carroll or seventh-seeded Heidelberg.
Mount Union came out of the game hot, building a 35-14 lead in the first 12:23 on 13-of-20 shooting from the floor, including a blistering 8-of-11 from 3-point range.
A 3-pointer by Pennington and a fastbreak layup from Baker got momentum on Northern's side and trimmed the deficit to 35-19 with 4:39 left in the half.
Pennington got another basket and nailed another 3 to spur a 10-3 run and get the Polar Bears within 38-24.
But MtU took a 49-28 lead into intermission and was in control the rest of the way.
"I am very proud of our guys - they played hard all season long," ONU head coach Kevin Byrne said." Obviously, tonight was a disappointnent. But Mount Union is a very good team. They had a great night shooting the ball and the game got away from us."
Sophomore Alex Radkiewicz scored Northern's first eight points and finished with eight points and a team-high seven rebounds.
It was the final game for ONU's three seniors, Pennington, Roux and Martin.
In 105 career games, Pennington scored 925 points and finished as ONU's No. 2-ranked free throw percentage leader, making 148-168 for an 88.1 percentage.
Roux ranked 15th all-time at ONU with 258 career assists and scored 740 points in 101 career games.
Martin scored 587 points in 95 career games as a four-year regular on the varsity.
Ohio Northern made 31-of-75 field goal attempts for 41.3 percent, while Mount Union was 31-65 from the floor for 47.7 percent. The Polar Bears were 10-of-32 from 3-point range for 31.3 percent and the Purple Raider made 16-of-29 from beyond the arc for 55.2 percent.
MtU out-rebounded ONU 49-36.