Saturday, January 13, 2018, 6 pm - ONU Sports Center, Ada, Ohio
Saturday's Game: Ohio Northern will return to Ohio Athletic Conference play on Saturday night in the eighth game of its 18-game, double-round robin OAC schedule when Muskingum comes to the ONU Sports Center ... The game was moved back to a 6 pm start because of the winter storm that went through the area on Friday ... The Polar Bears are coming off an 80-73 win at #25 Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday ... The Polar Bears were led by senior Nate Burger with 26 points and junior Ryan Bruns with 22 points ... Burger recorded his 11th consecutive game with at least 20 points, while Bruns posted his ninth such game of the season ... Burger's 27 points were a game-high, while the senior grabbed a game-high seven rebounds and dished out a game-best four assists ... Senior Travis Feitshans scored a season-best 13 points and added five rebounds for ONU ... Through 14 games this season, Burger leads the team, is second in the OAC and is sixth nationally in scoring at 26.2 ppg, leads the OAC with 79 assists and is second in the OAC with 46 3FGs ... Bruns leads the league with 39 blocked shots, is third in the league in scoring at 23.1 ppg and is third in the OAC in rebounding at 8.3 rpg ... Senior Joey DiOrio is third on the team in scoring at 13.9 ppg, leads the OAC with 48 3FGs and is second in the OAC in 3FG shooting at 50.0 percent (48-of-96) ... DiOrio is 133-of-279 in his career from beyond the 3-point arc, good for 47.7 percent ... Bruns is second all-time in ONU history with 163 career blocked shots and needs just 9 more to break Stan Mories' school record of 171 from 1979-82 ... Muskingum enters Saturday's game off a tight 91-87 loss to Wilmington on Wednesday ... MU led 81-68 with 6:20 to play when the Quakers went on a 20-1 run to take a 88-82 lead with :38 left ... Marcus Dempsey led the Muskies with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting ... Prior to the start of the game, MU held a moment of silence for junior Jarrell Marsh, who tragically lost his life in a car accident on December 21, 2017 ... Dempsey leads the team and the OAC and is third nationally in scoring at 28.6 ppg ... He also has a team-high 38 assists ... Devon Peart is second in scoring at 10.4 ppg and leads the team in steals with 24.
Ohio Northern Probable Starters:
G - #12 Nate Burger, Sr., (25.8 ppg, 46 3FG, 6.2 rpg, 79 Ast, 23 Stls)
G - #5 Austin Allemeier, So., (4.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 32 Ast)
F - #22 Joey DiOrio, Sr., (13.9 ppg, .500 3FG, 48 3FGs, 5.9 rpg)
F - #24 Travis Feitshans, Sr., (3.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
C - #21 Ryan Bruns, Sr. (23.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 39 Blocks)
ONU Statistical Leaders:
All-Time Series: Ohio Northern leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 66-47 margin ... ONU has won 5 straight and 12 of the last 13 in the series, including 101-96 and 91-85 wins last season ... ONU is 36-16 in games played in Ada and is 32-11 at the ONU Sports Center.
ONU head coach Rich Bensman: Bensman is in his second season at ONU with a 26-14 record, a winning percentage of .650.