ADA — Senior Branden Rushton scored a game-high 26 points and junior Isaiah Roux scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Ohio Northern men's basketball team to a 96-86 victory over the HeidelbergWednesday night at the ONU Sports Center.
Ohio Northern, winners of five of its last six games, improves its record to 13-9 overall and 9-6 in the OAC. Heidelberg falls to 5-17, 1-14 on the season.
Rushton also pulled down five rebounds and dished out three assists.
Deonte Holder and Keith Mackie led Heidelberg with 24 and 22 points, respectively.
Ohio Northern went on a 10-0 run, capped off by a three-point play by Roux, to take the lead 29-21 with 7:25 remaining in the first half
Horstman's last second tip-in as time expired in the first half gave the Polar Bears a 45-38 lead going into the break.
Ohio Northern would open up a game-high 17 point at 67-50 lead on a layup from freshman Aron Thress with 13:19 remaining in the second half.
The Student Princes would pull within 51-44 before an emphatic alley-oop dunk from Royal and an ensuing free throw would give the momentum back to the Polar Bears.
Ohio Northern shot 34-of-57 (59.6 percent) from the field and 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) from beyond the arc. They also hit 19-of-23 (82.6 percent) free throws.
Heidelberg shot 31-of-57 (54.4 percent) from the field and 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) from three-point land. The Student Princes hit 18-of-23 (78.3 percent) free throws on the night.
Ohio Northern held the advantage on the rebounding battle 29-23.
The Polar Bears will be back in action Saturday as they travel to Mount Union to take on the league-leading Purple Raiders at 3 pm.