Tue, Nov. 8, 2011 - [Men's Basketball]
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Northwestern Ohio men's basketball team has an ambitious schedule, with nearly one-third of their games against ranked opponents.
And if Tuesday was any indications, don't count out the Racers in any of them.
UNOH used another outstanding performance from sophomore guard Jake Bolyard
to knock off No. 13 University of St. Francis, Ind., 83-78. The win moved UNOH to 1-1 on the season after a loss at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Bolyard showed no ill effects of knee surgery, playing 35 minutes. He scored a game-high 31 points on 8-of-12 field goal shooting, including three 3-pointers.
He had 23 points in the first half as the Racers held a 44-38 lead. The Racers were 5-of-6 from 3-point distance in the opening half.
After leading by 11 points with 5 minutes, 37 seconds left in the first half, the Racers saw their lead slip away in the second half, with St. Francis (1-2) taking a 2-point lead with just over 5 minutes to play. From there, though, Bolyard went on a 5-0 run, including making three straight free throws and a bucket in the paint.
The Racers were 10-of-11 from the free throw line in the final 4 minutes of the contest.
Bolyard made 12 of his 15 free throw attempts. As a team, the Racers shot 26-of-33 from the line (79 percent).
The Racers placed two other players in double figures, Johnny Elliott and Dustin Guthrie, each with 14 points. Guthrie played 35 minutes and Elliott was on the floor for 31 minutes.
UNOH forced 20 turnovers, including 11 steals. Chris Cromity had three steals, and Bolyard and Guthrie each had two.