By Ashley Birchmeier
NEW CONCORD — The Ohio Northern men's basketball team defeated Muskingum 85-74 Saturday afternoon at the Muskingum Recreation Center.
The Polar Bears improve to 11-12 overall, 8-8 Ohio Athletic Conference, while Muskingum falls to 5-17, 2-13.
Northern was led in the contest by junior Aron Thress, recording his third consecutive double-double scoring a game-high 22 points, while grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds.
Muskingum would take the early advantage, before a 10-0 run from the Polar Bears, capped off by a lay-up from Baker, would give ONU the 10-4 lead with 14:26 to play in the first half.
Northern and Muskingum would exchange points for much of the remainder of the first half before a three-pointer from Allen with under a minute to play would give the Polar Bears the 37-34 halftime lead.
Muskingum would come out hot in the second half as a pair of free-throws from Muskingum's Rickey Wilson would tie the contest at 40-40 with 17:19 to play.
Thress would go on to score seven of the next nine points for ONU to put the Polar Bears back on top 49-45 with 14:03 to play.
The Fighting Muskies continued to battle as a three-pointer from Wilson would once again tie the contest at 49-49.
ONU would once again respond with a 10-2 run led by Baker to put the Polar Bears on top for good, 59-51.
Northern would go on to out score Muskingum 48-40 in the half to claim the 85-74 victory.
The Polar Bears edged Muskingum in rebounds by a 44-42 margin.
ONU returns to action Wednesday at 7:30 pm as they travel to Berea to take on Baldwin Wallace.