By Ashley Birchmeier
Rochester, N.Y. — The Ohio Northern men's basketball team fell to Vassar (N.Y.) 81-77 Friday afternoon at the Louis Alexander Palestra in the opening round of the Chuck Resler Tournament.
Ohio Northern falls to 1-1 overall, while Vassar moves to 1-1.
The Polar Bears were led in the contest by junior Aron Thress with a team-high 19 points.
Northern fell behind early in the first half but back to back threes from junior Devon Allen andHurless would pull the Polar Bears within 15-16 with 11:59 remaining.
Northern would get its first lead of the contest with 9:59 remaining in the half as sophomore Nate Burger would hit a pair of free-throws to put ONU on top 20-18.
The Polar Bears would find themselves trailing once more but efficent free-throw shooting from Feitshans would tie the score at 27-27 with 6:33 to play.
Vassar would hold ONU scoreless for nearly two and a half minutes before sophomore Konnor Baker was able to break the drought and pull the Polar Bears within 32-36 with 2:37 till the break.
The Brewers would go on to score the last four points of the half en route to the 40-32 halftime lead.
Northern opened the second half with an 8-0 run led by Thress to tie the contest at 40-40.
Vassar would combat the ONU run with a 9-0 run of its own to reclaim the 49-40 advantage with 15:10 to play.
After being held scoreless for almost two minutes, Thress would shoot a pair of free throws that would pull the Polar Bears within 47-54 with 12:14 to play in the contest.
Northern continued to battle as Allen pulled down an offensive board and was able to find Thress for the easy layin, pulling ONU within 50-54.
Trailing 54-58, Feistshans would complete the old fashion three point play for the Polar Bears to pull them within 57-58 with 8:21 remaining.
After falling behind 67-75 with 2:30 left in the contest, the Polar Bears would string together a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 72-75.
However, Vassar would sink a pair of late free throws to seal the 81-77 victory.
Vassar was led in the contest by Paul Grinde with 10 points.
Northern will return to action Saturday in the consolation game at 3 pm taking on the loser of Rochester (N.Y.) and Keystone (Pa.).