By Tim Glon
ADA — Ohio Northern had five players score in double figures and shot 59 percent from the floor in a 101-91 victory over No. 13-ranked Marietta on Saturday afternoon at the ONU Sports Center.
Northern moves into a 4-way tie for first place in the OAC with Marietta, Mount Union and John Carroll.
The Pioneers (9-4 overall, 4-2 OAC) got 30 points and seven rebounds from A.J. Edwards to lead four players in double figures in scoring.
Northern led wire-to-wire in the game, scoring the first seven points, and did not trail.
The Polar Bears scored 31 points in the first 9:34 of the game to lead 31-19.
That advantage grew to 47-34 in the final minute of the half before Marietta trimmed the lead to 47-38 at intermission.
MC pulled within six points on four separate occasions in the second half, but each time the Polar Bears had an answer.
A 3-point play by Burger gave ONU its largest lead of the night at 87-72 with 5:14 to play.
Marietta got within 96-90 with 45 second left, but a 3-point play by Thress extended the lead to 99-90 with 30 seconds to play.
Ohio Northern made a blistering 59.3 percent of its field goal attempts (35-of-59) and was 12-of-22 from beyond the 3-point arc for 54.5 percent.
MC made 35-of-64 field goals attempts for 54.7 percent, but were only 4-of-22 from 3-point range for 22.2 percent.
Marietta out-rebounded ONU 34-28.
The Polar Bears will return to action Wedensday night with a 7 pm home contest against Baldwin Wallace at the ONU Sports Center.