By Caleb Scott
ADA -- Junior Aron Thress led the Ohio Northern men's basketball team as they fell to No. 25-ranked Mount Union 89-83 Saturday afternoon at the MAAC in Alliance.
The Polar Bears fall to 9-11 overall and 6-7 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while the Purple Raiders improve to 14-5, 10-2.
Northern had four athletes score in double figures on the afternoon.
The Polar Bear offense was led by a team-high 21 points from Thress.
Northern would waste no time gaining the lead as they opened the contest with a 14-2 run keyed by seven points from Baker.
After a 3-pointer from MtU ended the run, Hurless would answer with the three pointer of his own to give Northern a 17-5 lead with 14:03 remaining in the contest.
After a three pointer from sophomore Ryan Geise extended the Polar Bear lead to 40-24, Mount Union would close the half on a 16-3 run to pull within 43-40 at the intermission.
MtU would gain its first lead of the afternoon after a 3-pointer from Cody Dillon put the Purple Raiders ahead 49-47 with 17:39 remaining in the contest.
After exchanging buckets for the next several minutes, Geise would drill a three pointer with 7:36 remaining to tie the game at 70-70.
ONU would match Mount Union on the next two scoring possessions to keep the contest locked at 74-74 with 4:25 left to play.
From there a three pointer from Mount Union would give the Purple Raiders the lead for good as they went on to win 89-83.
The Polar Bears shot 31-of-57 (54.4 percent) from the field, including 12-of-24 (50.0 percent) from the three point line, while the Purple Raiders shot 32-of-64 (50.0 percent) from the field, including 11-of-31 (35.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
Northern was edged by a 33-30 margin on the boards.
Ohio Northern will return to action Wednesday as they welcome Heidelberg to the ONU Sports Center for a 7:30 pm tipoff.