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ONU men at Berg updates

January 29, 2009 - Zach Baker

Heidelberg University plays its first game with its new name tonight. Crowd isn't huge, but the noise from the football players occupying the student section is overwhelming.

Anyone who has followed Heidelberg-ONU knows that the Polar Bears are have been a prominent thorn in Heidelberg's side. Trying to change that tonight is first-year Princes coach Anthony Gholson, who played for ONU and was an assistant in Ada for several years.

- At the 15:21 mark of the first half, Heidelberg trails, 11-8. Travis Kinn has scored six of the first 8.

-With 9:55 left in the half, Heidelberg has rallied to lead, 24-21. After Kinn set the tone with some inside offense,  Kyle Tuley had a break away slam to put his team ahead. ONU's Kyle Meyer is an impressive swing player, as is Sam Bastian. They can shoot outside, as well as challenge Kinn and Tuley inside.

-At the 5:00 mark, Heidelberg is clinging to a 35-34 lead. Kinn has been unstoppable offensively, with 13 points. But Berg's outside shooting from Jim Smalley and Jake Hessey have played a big role in Berg getting ahead.

- Hessey drained a right wing 3 at the halftime buzzer to give Heidelberg a 44-42 lead.  Travis Kinn has 14 points and three rebounds. Hessey has 10 points.

Bastian leads the Polar Bears with 15 points, Ezra Bradshaw has 10. Heidelberg has been out-boarded, 17-10.

-At the 14:23 mark of the second half, Berg leads 53-49 after a 3 by Hessey and a driving layup by Josh Calver. Berg started out slow in the second half, but the Hessey triple has warmed them up.

Score Update:

TU women beat Wayne State, 64-54, Berg women lead ONU 47-26 (UPSET ALERT) and the TU men trail Wayne State, 41-24 at the half.

-With a little less than 10 minutes to go, Berg leads, 65-62. Every time ONU gets in a tying situation, the Princes have responded with a big basket. Moments ago, it was Jim Smalley's 3.

- With 6:03 left, ONU leads, 72-70. Heidelberg has missed a couple of bunnies, and ONU is starting to assert itself up front. The thought crosses my mind that adrenaline only carries you so far, and that the Polar Bears might outlast Berg. We'll see.

- With 2:00 remaining, HUhe ball, (get used to that) trails the Bears, 79-77. Berg has the ball. Kinn has been great again, 24 points, eight rebounds.

- 1:39 left, Bradshaw stole the ball from Tuley, then called timeout. Gholson and the Berg fans wanted a travel. Close call. With 1:24 left, ONU turns it over.

Kinn ties it with a bucket at the 1:13 mark. Crazy. Bastian follows with a jumper to put ONU ahead, then Kurtis Brown picks off a pass. He's fouled, but misses both free throws with 41 seconds left.

Gholson calls timeout. 33 seconds left, Berg ball, 27 on the shot clock.

81-79 is the score

A Baston free throw with 12.2 left makes it 82-79. Calver is fouled on the right wing with 1.4 seconds left. His blood as cold as the air outside, he hits all 3 foul shots.


Brown draw contact on Kinn with the game tied, and Kinn fouls out. It's an 85-84 game, but with Kinn out, Heidelberg will need luck to pull this one out.

-With 3:35 left, it's 87-86 ONU after two Smalley free throws.

A Kyle Meyer layup makes it 91-88 with 2:03. ONU is starting to dominate the paint on offense.

-Tuley loses the ball driving through the lane on Berg's next possession.

1:36 left.

Smalley's shot is blocked again by Cannan. ONU retains possession. It is making it almost impossible to score up front. Kinn's departure may have decided it.

-ONU has missed a lot of free throws, keeping HU in it.

With 30 seconds left, Berg has the ball trailing by 3. John Miller got a good look at a tying 3 in the right wing. It didn't hit iron. A Bradshaw free throw with 14 seconds left might just seal it.

93-88 ONU. Miller misses another 3 with 2.4 left. It's all over. Brown splits two. 94-88 final.



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