By Caleb Scott
ADA — The Ohio Northern men's basketball team's late rally in the second half came up just short as they fell 90-82 at the DeCarlo Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears fall to 15-8 overall and are tied for second place with a 13-3 record in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
The Blue Streaks improve to 16-6 and move into a tie for second place in the OAC with a 13-3 conference mark.
Junior Joey DiOrio (Columbus/Watterson) led Northern on the afternoon as he scored a team-best 17 points and grabbed a team best eight rebounds.
The Polar Bears found themselves in an early hole as they fell behind 51-35 at the intermission.
JCU would open up their biggest lead of the afternoon as David Linane earned an and-one and hit the free throw to push the lead to 58-38 with 17:51 remaining in the contest.
With 8:04 left in the game, the Polar Bears began chipping away at the JCU lead, using a 11-3 run to close the lead to 78-68 with 4:19 left in the game.
Baker would hit a layup with thirty seconds left in the game to close the lead to eight points before John Carroll answered with a free throw to gain a 88-79 lead with 25 seconds remaining in the contest.
Allen was able to sink back-to-back-to-back free throws in the closing seconds to pull Northern as close as six points but Northern could not complete the comeback as JCU went on to win 90-82.
The Polar Bears shot 26-of-66 (39.4 percent) from the field, including 12-of-24 (50.0 percent) from beyond the 3-point line.
John Carroll won the battle on the glass by a 49-39 margin.
The Polar Bears return to action Wednesday evening as they host Otterbein on Senior Night in the final home regular season game at 7 pm.