CIRCLEVILLE, OH - OCU men's basketball won their 28th straight game against NCCAA Division II competition on Tuesday night, pulling away from KCU late for a 92-73 win. The top ranked Trailblazers are now 10-9 on the season and 3-0 in Mid-East Region play.
KCU played even with Ohio Christian in the first 7 minutes of play. An Ernie McCoy three point basket at the 16:53 mark tied up the score at 7-7. A basket by KCU at the 13:47 mark brought them to within 2 points at 13-11.
The Trailblazers then reeled of a 9-1 run over the next two minutes to take a 22-12 lead with 11:53 remaining. A layup by Nic Baker with 1:30 remaining capped off an 11-3 run by OCU as the Blazers took a commanding 45-30 lead. KCU answered back with a 5-0 run to close the half to trim the lead to 10. OCU led 45-35 at the break.
OCU struggled to pull away in the second half as KCU continued to hit shots. A KCU three pointer at the 17:17 mark brought them to within 3 points at 47-44 but that is as close as it would get. A free throw by Gary Hoover at the 11:34 mark finished a 15-8 run by the Blazers which once againg gave them a double digit lead at 62-52.
Ohio Christian pulled away down the stretch as Kenny Cooper and Kristofer little scored 15 points in the final 5 minutes of regulation as OCU pushed their lead to 19 points. The final horn sounded with OCU winning 92-73.
Wesley Russell led OCU with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Kristofer Little had a season high of 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting. Ernie McCoy added a spark with 11 points and 7 assists. Joe Collier tossed in 8 points while Evan Mills, Kenny Cooper, and Nic Baker each finished with 7.
OCU enjoyed a 23-10 advantage on assists in the game while also winning the battle of the boards 37-27. The OCU bench outscored the KCU bench 62-12.
The top ranked Trailblazers are back in action on Friday night as they host Johnson University as part of Pizza and Points Night in the Maxwell Leadership Center. The game is set to tip at 8:00 PM.