BLUFFTON — Jared Wentling Hoover-ed the boards for 17 rebounds on Wednesday in helping Bluffton University hold off Earlham College, 81-78, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball matchup at the Sommer Center.
The Carey graduate, a 6-foot-3 junior forward for the Beavers, also scored nine points as BU improved to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the HCAC. Earlham fell to 2-5, 0-2 in the league.
Bluffton led just 40-38 at the half in a game that had nine ties and six lead changes. Aaron Rich led Bluffton with 16 points, Kevin Christie had 14 and Andrew Renner and Justis Dowdy tossed in 11 points each. Arlington grad Andrew Hunter had three points and three assists.
Wentling’s 17 rebounds were well short of the school record 29 Jim Sommer pulled down against Cedarville during the 1967-68 season. But they were close to the 19 rebounds former Carey boys coach Pete DuMonte had against Defiance during the 1984-84 season and former Ottawa-Glandorf standout Eric Sweet had in 2004-05, also against Defiance.
Austin Doliboa came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points for Earlham. Darrell Hutchison added 17 points for the Quakers.
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ADA — Nate Burger and Ryan Bruns did not have the 3-ball working on Wednesday, but the duo made plenty of trips to the foul line and did a bit of everything else as Ohio Northern had a strong first half and topped Wilmington 92-83 for an Ohio Athletic Conference win.
Burger — who played all 40 minutes — led the Polar Bears (4-2, 2-0 OAC) with 27 points, which included a 12 of 13 effort from the free-throw line, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals despite shooting just 1 of 7 from deep. Bruns, also playing 40 minutes, added 24 points, 14 rebounds (8 offensive) and six blocks while going 8 of 13 from the free-throw line. The duo shot 15 of 33 from the field.
Joey Diorio added 18 points, nine rebounds and a team-high five assists for ONU, while Brandon Waugh added 16 points. The two combined for 20 points in a first half in which the Polar Bears outscored Wilmington (3-4, 0-2) 46-36.
Austin Allemeier was the only ONU starter to play fewer than 32 minutes after battling foul trouble and picking up his fifth foul with three minutes to play.
Christian Jones led Wilmington with a game-high 30 points, 20 of which came in a second half where the Quakers outscored ONU 47-46.
RICHMOND, Ind. — Bluffton raced to a 45-20 lead at the half and cruised to an 84-56 win over Earlham on Wednesday in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game.
Kaycee Rowe and Macey Sheerer scored 15 points each and Abigail O’Donnell added 10 for BU, 4-1 overall after winning its HCAC opener. McComb graduate Nora Hemminger had six points and two assists in the win.
Zoe Curtis and Shannon Pittman scored 12 points each for Earlham (1-5, 1-1 HCAC.)
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WILMINGTON — Ohio Northern’s defense was suffocating on Wednesday as its women forced Wilmington into a horrid shooting effort and built a sizable second-quarter lead in a 65-44 Ohio Athletic Conference win.
The No. 15-ranked Polar Bears, who improved to 6-1 and 2-0 in the OAC, earned their sixth straight win rattling off a 16-5 second quarter and forcing the Quakers to shoot 18 of 56 (32.1 percent) from the field and 2 of 17 (11.8 percent) from beyond the arc for the game.
ONU’s offense was led by a trio of double figures with Ada-grad Tori Wyss leading the way with 14 points.