Saturday, November 17, 2018, 2 pm - ONU Sports Center, Ada, Ohio
Saturday's Game: Ohio Northern will continue its 108th season of varsity basketball in 2018-19 with a 2 pm contest against Denison on Saturday at the ONU Sports Center ... The Polar Bears opened their season on Monday with a 99-61 victory over against area-rival Defiance at the ONU Sports Center ... ONU got 20 points and nine rebounds from senior All-American Ryan Bruns to lead five players in double figures in scoring ... Freshman Daniel Unruh scored 14 points, senior Daniel Donner, and junior Austin Allemeier added 11 points each while sophomore Colton Bachman scored 10 points off the bench for the Polar Bears ... Ohio Northern raced to an early 13-0 lead, holding the Yellow Jackets scoreless for 5:31, and did not trail in the contest. ... The Polar Bears received votes in the annual D3hoops.com national preseason poll ... Bruns is ONU's all-time career leader in blocked shots with 192 ... He ranks third all-time in ONU history in career field goal percentage at 57.6%, is 19th in made free throws with 264, and is 23rd with 1,182 career points ... He was named D3hoops.com and NABC Second-Team All-America, First-Team All-Region, First-Team All-Conference and was the OAC Player of the Year during the 2017-18 season ... Denison opened its 2018-19 season on Wednesday with a 78-73 home loss to North Coast Athletic Conference foe Oberlin ... Senior Matt Doyle and junior Alex Meuer led the Big Red with 16 points each ... Doyle also had team-highs of 5 rebounds and 4 assists ... Sophomore Spencer Patenaude added 13 points and five rebounds ... Denison led by as many as 13 points in the second half and led 58-47 with 9:22 remaining in the game ... Oberlin them went on a 15-1 run to grab a 62-59 lead that would not be relinquished.
Ohio Northern Probable Starters:
G - #25 Ty Staten, Fr., (5.0 ppg, 5 Ast)
G - #14 Daniel Unruh, Fr., (14.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 6 Ast)
F - #5 Austin Allemeier, Jr., (11.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3 Ast)
F - #13 Daniel Donner, Sr., (11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
C - #21 Ryan Bruns, Sr., (20.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3 Blocks)
ONU Statistical Leaders:
|3.||Donner||11.0||3.||Donner||5.0||3.||6 Tied With||1||3.||Allemeier||3|
All-Time Series: Ohio Northern leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 17-13 margin ... The two teams have split their games the past two seasons with Ohio Northern winning 93-64 at Granville last year and Denison winning 85-73 in Ada in 2016-17.
ONU head coach Rich Bensman: Bensman is in his third season at ONU with a 36-19 record, a winning percentage of .655.