Thursday, February 22, 2018, 8 pm - Ban Johnson Fieldhouse, Marietta, Ohio
Thursday's Game: The Polar Bears are the No. 3 seed in the 2018 OAC Tournament and is making their 44th appearance in the event ... Northern has won the OAC Tournament five times in its history, most recently in 2001, and are 42-38 all-time in the tournament ... Ohio Northern pulled away in the final 10 minutes to post an 81-60 victory over Capital in the quarterfinals on Tuesday ... Seniors Nate Burger and Joey DiOrio each scored 19 points and junior Daniel Donner added a career-high 18 points to lead ONU ... Burger's 19 points gives him 642 for the season, breaking the previous school record of 634 points set by 1995 NCAA Division III National Player of the Year D'Artis Jones ... Burger is currently second in the OAC and is ninth nationally, averaging 24.7 ppg ... The senior also has a league-best 142 assists (23rd nationally), 78 3-pointers and .887 FT percentage ... Junior Ryan Bruns, ONU's all-time blocks leader, also averages 24.7 ppg ... The junior also leads the team and ranks second in the OAC at 9.0 rpg ... Senior Joey DiOrio currently leads the team and ranks fifth in the OAC shooting .452 from 3-point range is second on the team with 76 three pointers ... Bruns leads the league and is sixth nationally with 65 blocked shots ... Freshman Brandon Waugh currently leads the team and is second in the OAC with 43 steals ... Marietta is ranked #24 in the latest D3hoops.com rankings ... MC is the No. 2 seed in the OAC Tournament and shared the league title wqith John Carroll with a 14-4 record ... The Pioneers advanced to the semifinals with an 86-71 victory over seventh-seeded Wilmington on Tuesday ... Kyle Dixon posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pioneers ... Dillon Young and Avery Williams each finished with 13 points and Williams pulled down nine boards ... Young leads a balanced offensive attack, averaging 14.7 ppg ... He also leads the team and is fourth in the OAC with 100 assists ... Dixon is second at 13.2 ppg, Anthony Wallace is third at 13.1 ppg, Williams is fourth at 11.7 ppg and DeVaughn Wingard is fifth at 10.3 ppg.
Ohio Northern Probable Starters:
G - #12 Nate Burger, Sr., (24.7 ppg, 78 3FG, 6.0 rpg, 142 Ast, 38 Stls)
G - #5 Austin Allemeier, So., (4.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 54 Ast)
F - #22 Joey DiOrio, Sr., (12.8 ppg, .454 3FG, 76 3FGs, 6.0 rpg)
F - #33 Travis Feitshans, Sr., (4.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 55 Ast)
C - #13 Daniel Donner, Jr., (6.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
ONU Statistical Leaders:
All-Time Series: Ohio Northern leads the all-time series by a 58-34 margin ... Marietta has won three straight and eight of nine in the series, including a 90-86 win at Marietta and an 88-68 win in Ada ... MC is 3-2 all-time against ONU in the OAC Tournament ... ONU is 26-19 in games played at Marietta.
ONU head coach Rich Bensman: Bensman is in his second season at ONU with a 34-18 record, a winning percentage of .654.