Men's Basketball: Ohio Northern (12-5 Overall, 7-3 OAC) at Wilmington (7-9 Overall, 3-7 OAC)

Men's Basketball: Ohio Northern (12-5 Overall, 7-3 OAC) at Wilmington (7-9 Overall, 3-7 OAC)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7 pm - Raizk Arena, Wilmington, Ohio

Saturday's Game: Ohio Northern will return to the road on Wednesday with a 7 pm contest at Wilmington ... The game will be the 11th OAC tilt of the season and the second in the second half of the OAC's double round-robin schedule ... Ohio Northern is coming off a 73-66 win at Mount Union on Saturday to stay within one game of the top of the OAC standings ... Junior Ryan Bruns led Ohio Northern with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots ... Bruns now has 172 blocked shots in his 3-year career, breaking the 36-year old school record of 171 set by Stan Mories from 1979-82 ... Senior Nate Burger added 21 points and senior Joey DiOrio added 14 points and eight rebounds for ONU ... Bruns is also nearing another milestone with 985 points in his career ... He needs just 15 more to become the 38th member of ONU's 1,000-Point Club ... Through 17 games this season, Burger leads the team, is second in the OAC and is 7th nationally in scoring at 25.4 ppg, leads the OAC with 97 assists and is second with 53 3FGs ... Bruns leads the league with 48 blocked shots, is third in the league (and 8th nationally) in scoring at 24.9 ppg and is second in the OAC in rebounding at 9.0 rpg ... Senior Joey DiOrio is third on the team in scoring at 13.4 ppg and leads the OAC with 54 3FGs ... Burger and Bruns provide the nation's top 1-2 punch this season, averaging 50.3 ppg between them, holding a slight advantage over Shea Feehan (32.1 ppg) and Hank Thomas (17.9 ppg), who average 50.0 ppg for Eureka (Ill.) ... DiOrio is 139-of-295 in his career from beyond the 3-point arc, good for 47.1 percent ... Burger is also closing in on 1,000 career points and currently has 942 points in 81 career games ... Earlier this season, ONU posted a 92-83 victory over Wilmington at the ONU Sports Center ... Burger scored 27 points, Bruns had a double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds, DiOrio added 18 points and freshman Brandon Waugh added 16 points for the Polar Bears ... Wilmington also had four players in double figures in scoring, led by Christian Jones with a game-high 30 ... The Quakers are coming off a 93-83 victory at Heidelberg on Saturday ... Christian Jones, who has led all scorers the last two games including pouring in a career-high 32 points in a victory at Otterbein, averages 19.0 points per game to lead the Quakers ... Nathan Scott (14.1 ppg) and Will Patrick (11.1 ppg) also score in double figures ... Andrew Russell leads the team in rebound at 4.1 points per game while D.J. Iles dishes out more than three assists per game.

Ohio Northern Probable Starters:

G - #12 Nate Burger, Sr., (25.4 ppg, 53 3FG, 5.9 rpg, 97 Ast, 24 Stls)
G - #5 Austin Allemeier, So., (4.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 41 Ast)
F - #22 Joey DiOrio, Sr., (13.4 ppg, .482 3FG, 54 3FGs, 6.1 rpg)
F - #24 Travis Feitshans, Sr., (4.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
C - #21 Ryan Bruns, Sr. (24.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 48 Blocks)

ONU Statistical Leaders:

  Scoring       Rebounding       3FGs       Assists       Blocked Shots  
1. Burger 25.4   1. Bruns 9.0   1. DiOrio 54   1. Burger 97   1. Bruns 48
2. Burns 24.9   2. DiOrio 6.1   2. Burger 53   2. Allemeier  41   2. DiOrio 12
3. DiOrio 13.4   3. Burger 5.9   3. Waugh 16   3. Waugh 38   3. Waugh 7

All-Time Series: Ohio Northern leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 38-27 margin ... ONU has won four straight in the series, including a 92-83 victory in Ada on Dec. 6 ... ONU is 16-15 in games played in Wilmington.

ONU head coach Rich Bensman: Bensman is in his second season at ONU with a 28-15 record, a winning percentage of .651.