BLUFFTON — Bluffton University’s men built an 11-point halftime lead and three players scoered in double figures as the Beavers downed Rose-Hulman 55-49 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday.
Andrew Renner and Aaron Rich paced Bluffton (12-3, 6-2 HCAC) with 17 points apiece with Renner adding team highs in rebounds (9), assists (3) and steals (3).
Jameel Cosby added 13 points for the Beavers and Isaiah Taylor had eight rebounds.
The 49 points allowed were the fewest by Bluffton this season.
Ryuji Aoki’s 15 points led the Fightin’ Engineers (10-5, 6-2), while Craig McGee and John Czarnecki each tallied double-doubles. The duo each had 10 rebounds with McGee scoring 13 points and Czarnecki adding 12.
Second half dooms BU
BLUFFTON — Bluffton’s women committed 16 turnovers and narowly eclipsed 20-percent shooting from the field in scoring 10 second-half points and stumbling to a 63-34 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference loss to Rose-Hulman on Saturday.
Starters Tj Mills and Brianna Gillg were the only two Beavers (5-10, 3-5) players to make more than one field goal, but the duo combined for nine turnovers and six fouls.
Mills led Bluffton, which trailed just 26-24 at halftime, with 13 points and six rebounds, while Gillig scored five points.
The Engineers outscored Bluffton 37-10 in the second half with four of their five starters scoring in double figures led by Ally Bromenschenkel’s 17-point, 13-rebound double-double. Kayla Gerken chipped in 13 points, Debie Gedeon added 11 and Hannah Woody 10.
ONU women finish strong
ADA — Ohio Northern’s women closed each half with strong quarters in clinging to a 64-50 Ohio Athletic Conference win over Marietta on Saturday.
The Polar Bears (10-5, 4-4 OAC) topped Marietta 18-8 in the second quarter and 18-11 in the fourth.
Jenna Dirksen paced ONU, which has won four of its last five games, with 17 points and four assists. Abby Weeks added 12 points with two steals and a pair of blocks. Tori Wyss (Ada) scored nine points with five rebounds.
Shay Lett struggled led the Pioneers (9-6, 4-4) with 12 points and three assists. Jo Herd-Middlebrooks added 10 points with six boards and three blocked shots.
ONU nearly nets upset
ADA — Ohio Northern led nationally-ranked Marietta at halftime and held on to force overtime, but a lopsided bench deficit of 47-9 doomed the Polar Bears in an 87-80 Ohio Athletic Conference loss on Saturday.
Ryan Bruns, ONU’s 6-foot-8 senior center, spearheaded its attack with a gaudy 31-point, 15-rebound double-double and he added three assists and a team-high three steals. Fellow starters Colton Bachman (5 assists) and Daniel Unruh scored 18 and 14, respectively, for the Polar Bears (4-11, 0-8 OAC).
The No. 10 Pioneers (13-2, 7-1) were led by Jason Ellis’ 25 points in 32 minutes.