ANDERSON, Ind. — Bluffton University broke open a close game in the second half for a 75-54 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball win over Anderson Saturday.
Bluffton (16-6, 11-4 HCAC) led 30-28 at halftime before using a 29-15 edge in the third quarter to take control.
Kaycee Rowe poured in a game-high 31 points to lead BU.
Hannah Hawkins netted 16 points and Ryana Watson added 14 for Anderson (0-22, 0-15).
JOHN CARROLL 68
OHIO NORTHERN 66
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — After rattling off a 17-game winning streak and entering Saturday’s game ranked No. 15 among NCAA Division III teams, Ohio Northern’s women were trumped in the fourth quarter and lost a nail-biter 68-66 to John Carroll in Ohio Athletic Conference action.
The Polar Bears, who fell to 20-3 overall but remain atop the OAC standings at 14-3, were outscored 21-15 in the final frame.
Amy Bullimore, who led ONU with 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, made a layup to tie the game at 64-64 with 52 seconds left. Moments later she buried her only two free throws of the game to cut the deficit to 67-66 with 19 seconds remaining, but the Polar Bears were held scoreless the rest of the way.
Emily Mescher popped in 16 points with six rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.
The Blue Streaks (6-17, 4-12), who are one of just three OAC teams to have fewer than 10 wins on the season, served ONU its second loss in the past five games.
John Carroll’s Nicole Heffington led all scorers with 21 points.
JOHN CARROLL 90
OHIO NORTHERN 80
ADA — Ohio Northern overcame an 18-point deficit in the first half, but could not overcome a chilly shooting day from 3-point range in dropping a 90-80 decision to league-leading John Carroll on Saturday in an Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball game at the ONU Sports Center.
Ryan Berger was 6 of 9 in 3-point attempts and led John Carroll with 24 points. But balance was the name of the game for the Blue Streaks (19-4, 13-3 OAC) with starters John Cirillo (13 points), Antonio Vuyancih (11) and Jimmy Berger (10) scoring in double figures and substitutes Matthew Csuhran and Brian Papich adding 10 points each.
Nate Burger pumped in a game-high 33 points for ONU (16-7, 11-5 OAC). Ryan Bruns added 17 points and Joey DiOrio had 12 for the Polar Bears, who connected on just 4 of 26 3-point attempts and were outscored 47-37 in the second half.
ANDERSON, Ind. — Bluffton held an eight-point halftime lead, lost it less than six minutes into the second half, tied the game with 3:29 left, but never regained the lead in falling 86-81 to Anderson University in Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game.
Bluffton (10-12, 7-8 HCAC) had four players score in double figures, led by Justis Dowdy’s 17 points off the bench. Andrew Renner scored 16 points and Max Glass had 11. Kevin Christie popped in 13 points with eight assists.
The Ravens (11-11, 6-9) rallied with a 50-point second half, and edged the Beavers with a high-scoring trio (Trevor Lucas 28, Cole Hartman 23 and Stanley Duncan 21) who converted 25 of 26 shots from the foul line.