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HU men v. ONU updates
December 5, 2009 - Zach Baker
At the 13:39 mark, Heidelberg's John Miller just buries a left-wing 3 to make it 13-12, ending a 9-0 ONU run. Physical. (12:59)
-Miller just drained his third 3 of the half, and was fouled. The 4-point play puts HU up, 19-16. Just as quickly, Taylor Kuhlman follows an ONU layup with a right wing 3, which puts the Polar Bears back in front, 21-19 (10:34).
-Adrian Casey has scored nine points up front for Heidelberg, but Ohio Northern holds a 31-30 edge with 5:02 left in the half. Heidelberg held a 9-4 lead early, and that's as lopsided as its gotten. HU has been able to find some good combinations off the bench to keep it close. HU's Josh Calver buries to foul shots to tie it at 32. (4:35)
-Dane Givner's steal and slam with 20 seconds left puts the score at ONU 39, HU 38 at halftime. These teams appear even in almost every aspect. ONU might have a little more size, but Heidelberg has more depth. It should be noted that ONU has a new coach, John Rhodes.
- With 14:52 left in regulation, ONU leads, 47-46. Heidelberg just did what was essentially a line change, and my guess is we'll see plenty of that this season. Coach Anthony Gholson is using his bench a ton. We'll see if it gives the Princes a speed edge in the final 5 minutes.
Heidelberg is going through a scoring drought, which allowed the Polar Bears to up their lead to 52-46. But a block and transition 3 by Miller allowed Heidelberg to cut the lead to 52-49 at the 12:16 mark. That's 13 points for Miller, all off of 3s (he had a 4-point play) (12:01).
ONU has used a solid outside game to up its lead to as many as 8, but Heidelberg has it down to 57-51, and has the ball (10:26)
Ohio Northern's inside game is starting to create problems for Heidekberg. A pair of Kyle Meyer free throws has just extended the INU lead to 54-44 at the 7:40 mark. Here's the issue. The size of Meyer (6-5), Sean Whitney (6-6) and Scott Schnelle (6-9) is drawing double teams inside. That opens up the outside for guys like Matt Phillips and Ezra Bradshaw to shoot open 3s. ONU is a very good 3-shooting team.
That, combined with Heidelberg's recent shooting slump on offense, creates what is now a 66-57 ONU lead (6:48).
-Heidelberg is back in the game, and I think the guy who deserves the credit for it is Adrian Casey. He has 17 points, but his defense created a steal and dish to Jim Smalley for a right corner 3 to cut ONU's lead to 67-64. (4:56)
Major breakdown there by Heidelberg. A beautiful hook shot by Schnelle puts ONU up five. Smalley tries to answer with a 3, but it hits the rim. Heidelberg doesn't get back, which sets up a Phillips layup and a 72-65 lead at about the 2:00 mark. Kinn's 2 free throws make it 72-67 with 1:30 left.
ONU's bigs are making huge plays. Meyer's jumper gives ONU back its 7-point lead. Givner answers with a straight-away 3 to make it 74-70, but there are just 45 seconds left. Unless ONU collapses at the foul line, I like its chances here.
As it turns out, the Polar Bears DO miss their next two free throws, but Meyer grabs the rebound. Bradshaw is fouled, and he makes both free throws. That's a killer. Smalley hits a jumper, and it's 76-72 ONU, with 25 seconds left.
-ONU leads, 78-74 with 22 seconds left. With Heidelberg needing to foul, this could be the longest 22 seconds ever.
-Calver's 3 makes it 80-77 with 17.8 left. All the Polar Bears have to do is keep hitting its foul shots, and they've made 6 straight.
Calver's layup makes it 82-79, 10 seconds left. This might go on for a while. Heidelberg really needs a steal, or at least a 3 to lessen ONU's margin of error. ONU keeps ,aking free throws. Calver falls out of bounds. It's only a matter of time.
It ends. ONU wins, 86-79.