TIFFIN — The Ohio Northern men's basketball team grabbed 21 offensive rebounds and held off a late charge to win 74-67 at Heidelberg on Wednesday evening at Seiberling Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears improve to 16-6 overall and remain in the hunt for an Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title with an 11-4 record, while the Student Princes move to 9-13, 5-10.

Junior Ryan Bruns (Chickasaw/Marion Local) picked up his 10th double-double of the season and the 18th of his career with 19 points and 15 rebounds.



Senior Nate Burger (Dayton/Alter) scored 12 points and sophomore Austin Allemeier (Elida) scored 11 points for ONU. Seven different Polar Bears had at least one offensive rebound, led by senior Travis Feitshans (Arcanum/Franklin Monroe) with four.

Chris Moxley led Heidelberg with 19 points.

The Polar Bears took advantage of early foul trouble of Heidelberg's big men in the first half to build a 41-32 lead at intermission. ONU held a 26-14 rebounding advantage, including 11 offensive boards, in the first half as the Student Princes two big men played a combined four minutes.

Northern used an 11-2 run to stretch the lead to 37-26 with four minutes left in the first half.

ONU led 54-39 early in the second half when HU went on a 9-0 run to get within 54-48 with 11:56 to go.

A bucket by Bruns with 2:36 to play gave ONU a 69-60 lead.

But the Student Princes knocked down four consecutive free throws to get within 69-64 with 2:00 to play.

Heidelberg appeared to have a transition and-one with 1:38 to go, but Feitshans took a charge to wipe out the basket and keep the lead at five.

Bruns then followed with a layup and it was 71-64 with 1:10 left and a layup by Burger with 31 seconds to go made it 73-64 and iced the game for the Polar Bears.

Ohio Northern was 26-of-71 from the floor for 36.6 percent and made 4-of-16 3-pointers for 25.0 percent, while Heidelberg was 27-of-60 for 45.0 percent and was 3-of-14 from three for 21.4 percent.

ONU won the battle on the glass 50-34.

The Polar Bears return to action on Saturday afternoon evening as they host league-leading and No. 24-ranked John Carroll at 2 pm at the ONU Sports Center.