CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The OCU offense exploded for a season-high 117 points on Tuesday evening in a 117-80 blowout win over Boyce College. Seven different Ohio Christian players reached double digits as the Trailblazers won their 34th staight game against an NCCAA Division II program. OCU now sits at 17-9 on the year after reeling off 11 consecutive wins since the start of the new year.
The Trailblazers opened up the game in total control, taking a 25-14 lead in the opening ten minutes. A Kris Carius layup at the 10:54 mark gave OCU their first double digit lead of the game.
Boyce managed to keep within arms reach in the final 5:00 of the first half as they trailed by a score of 43-29. Boyce managed to cut the OCU lead down to 14 after a basket and free throw by BJ Wright with 3:30 remaining.
Nic Baker had other plans as the freshman guard answered back by dialing long distance, knocking down three straight bombs from three point range within a span of 68 seconds. OCU jumped out to a 20 point lead before closing out the half with a 54-36 lead.
OCU continued their offensive assault in the second half, pushing their lead to 31 points at the 14:14 mark of the second half. A basket and free throw by Ernie McCoy kept OCU in command with a 78-47 advantage.
The Blazers then went deep to their bench and they did not let up. An Austin Caldwell runner in the lane and a three point basket by Jared Smith pushed the OCU lead to 40 with less than 2 minutes in regulation. The Blazers went on for the 117-80 victory as 12 different players scored in the game.
Ohio Christian was led by Ernie McCoy with 21 points. Nic Baker and Kris Carius followed that up with 15 points each. Danny Schrock went 4 of 7 from downtown on his way to 14 points. Evan Mills provided a spark with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Christian Mathias tallied a triple-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Wesley Russell tallied another triple-double on the season as he added 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists in limited minutes.
The top ranked Trailblazers (17-9) will celebrate senior night on Thursday night as they host Valley Forge Christian College at 8:00 PM. Valley Forge enters the game as the #7 team in the latest NCCAA National Poll.