Men's Basketball: Ohio Northern (16-8 Overall, 14-3 OAC) at #9 Marietta (20-4 Overall, 15-2 OAC)

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 3 pm - Ban Johnson Arena, Marietta, Ohio

Saturday's Game: ONU enters Saturday’s regular season finale winners of 11 of its last 12 games and in a second place tie in the OAC regular season standings with John Carroll ... ONU and JCU trail #9-ranked Marietta by one game ... Northern would clinch a share of the OAC Regular Season title and the #1 seed in next week's OAC Tournament with a win ... Marietta has clinched a share of the OAC crown and would be the #1 seed with a win ... With a loss, ONU would be either the #2 or #3 seed ... Northern will host a Quarterfinal game in the OAC Tournament on Feb. 21 ... The Polar Bears celebrated Senior Night with a 98-55 victory over Otterbein on Wednesday ... Senior Aron Thress had a game-high 22 points, senior Konnor Baker scored 20 points, senior Devon Allen and junior Nate Burger had 16 points each and sophomore Ryan Bruns added 10 points for ONU ... Senior Joey Hurless did not score, but dished out 12 assists for the Polar Bears ... In 24 games this season, Allen leads the team and is 7th in the OAC in scoring at 15.9 ppg ... Baker is second at 13.8 ppg, Burger is third at 13.3, Bruns is fourth at 12.2 ppg and Thress is fifth at 10.5 ppg ... Hurless is ONU’s all-time career assist leader with 486 in 98 career games ... Hurless also leads the team and the OAC with 129 assists this year ... Thress is 9th all-time at ONU with 55 blocked shots in 99 career games ... Allen ranks 9th all-time at ONU with 201 3-pointers in 101 career games and leads the OAC with 86 threes this season ... Bruns is 2nd in the OAC with 56 blocked shots this year and is fifth all-time at ONU with 109 career blocked shots ... He also leads the team and is 6th in the OAC in rebounding at 7.4 rpg ... Ohio Northern ranks second nationally in 3-point shooting percentage at .429 ... In the first meeting with MC this season, the Polar Bears got 19 points each from Allen, Baker and Thress ... Junior Joey DiOrio (Columbus/Watterson) had a double-double in his first career start with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds and Burger (Dayton/Alter) added 17 points for ONU ... The Pioneers got 30 points and seven rebounds from All-American A.J. Edwards to lead four players in double figures in scoring ... Edwards leads MC and is second in the OAC in scoring at 18.9 ppg and is third in the OAC in rebounding with a team-best 8.7 rpg ... Keith Richardson is second on the team in scoring at 15.2 ppg, Anthony Wallace is third at 13.5 ppg, Dillon Young is fourth at 10.8 ppg and Kyle Dixon is fifth at 10.1 ppg ... MC leads the league in scoring offense, averaging 88.3 ppg, while ONU is third at 84.5 ppg.

Ohio Northern Probable Starters (2016-17 stats):

G - #01 Joey Hurless, Sr. (5.6 ppg, 129 assists)
G - #12 Devon Allen, Sr. (15.9 ppg, 86 3FG)
F - #14 Konnor Baker, Sr. (13.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
F - #22 Joey DiOrio, Jr. (8.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
C - #40 Ryan Bruns, Sr. (12.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg)

ONU Statistical Leaders (2016-17):

      Assists       Blocked Shots
1. Allen 15.9
  1. Bruns
1. Allen 82
  1. Hurless 129

2. Baker 13.8   2.
Thress 6.0   2. Baker 40
  2. Burger 72   2. Thress
Burger 13.3
4.8   3.
Burger 38   3.


4. Bruns 12.2


5. Thress 10.5                              


All-Time Series: Ohio Northern leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 58-31 margin ... ONU snapped a 5-game losing streak in the series with a 101-90 victory in Ada on Jan. 7 ... Ohio Northern is 26-18 in games played in at Marietta.

ONU head coach Rich Bensman: Bensman is in his first season at ONU with a 16-8 record, a winning percentage of .667.