Olivet Beats SAU Again
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Fighting Bees were looking to extract some sort
of revenge Saturday afternoon when they traveled to Bourbonnais, Illinois
to play Olivet Nazarene. The Tigers defeated SAU 83-64 in the Fighting
Bee's season opener this year, making this game more than just a
mid-season contest. When Saturday's game was all over though, the result
was very much the same, with the Tigers winning again, 100-79.
Olivet Nazarene (8-6) controlled the tempo early and often. Nick Livas
connected on a three-pointer for the Tigers, just twenty seconds into the
game, giving the Tigers the first lead of the game. That would turn out to
be the only lead, as SAU (6-7) trailed for the entire game. The Fighting
Bees were behind 47-32 at halftime, thanks in part to their eleven
turnovers in the first half. The Tigers hit five of their eight
three-pointers in the first half to open the fifteen point lead.
The second half was more of the same, as Olivet led by as much as 25
points. SAU never quit though, cutting that 25-point lead to just nine
with 6:35 remaining. That would be as close as the Fighting Bees would get
the rest of the game however, as ONU finished the game on a 21-9 run. The
Tigers shot 61% in the second half, while finishing 55% for the game.
SAU was led by Andrew Bryant's 22 points and eight rebounds. Chris
Washington finished with 16 points and four steals, but turned the ball
over nine times, seven of which came in the first half. Ricky Mojek scored
eleven for SAU, including making three of seven from behind the arc. St.
Ambrose finished shooting 40% from the field.
Olivet Nazarene had four players in double figures. Livas led all scorers
with 23 points, while also pulling down eleven rebounds. Stan Chismark
wasn't far behind, scoring 21, while recording eight assists. Zach Birkey
and Phil French finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
The Fighting Bees will try to turn things around this week, as they'll
travel to Chicago to take part in the eight team Saint Xavier Tournament
from December 21-23. SAU's first game will be against Siena Heights
(Mich.) at 7:00 on Wednesday.