By Caleb Scott
ADA —The Ohio Northern men's basketball team fell to OAC-foe Mount Union 79-71 Saturday afternoon at the the MAAC.
The Polar Bears fall to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while the Purple Raiders improve to 5-2, 1-1.
Sophomore Ryan Bruns (Chickasaw/Marion Local) led Northern offensively, as he recorded a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
After Northern fell behind 14-3 early in the first half, an 8-2 run fueled by four points from seniors Hurless (Van Wert) and Allen (Lima/Senior) pulled the Polar Bears within 16-11 with 14:13 remaining in the first half.
After back-to-back layups from Bruns and a 3-pointer from junior Nate Burger (Dayton/Alter) pulled Northern within 33-32, a layup from senior Baker (Ada) gave Northern its first lead with 6:19 remaining in the first half.
Northern would take a 44-41 lead into the intermission after a three pointer from Hurless gave ONU the advantage at the break.
MtU would use an 8-0 run to begin the second half and take a 49-44 lead just over a minute into the second half.
A layup from Baker with 7:06 remaining in the contest would allow the Polar Bears to regain a 63-62 lead.
After a layup from Thress gave Northern a 71-70 advantage with 3:04 remaining in the contest, the Purple Raiders would close the game on a 9-0 run to seal the 79-71 victory.
Northern shot 25-of-58 (43.1 percent) from the field, including 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) from the 3-point line.
ONU won the battle on the boards by a 37-32 mark, including 10 offensive rebounds.
The Polar Bears will return to action Saturday as they host John Carroll at the ONU Sports Center at 2 pm.