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Men's Basketball - Sat, Nov. 19, 2016
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ELGIN, Ill. - - - The men's basketball team notched a big win over Olivet Nazarene University with a convincing 73-66 win Saturday night. Since ONU stepped into the CCAC Div. II ranks in 2012, Judson's luck against the Tigers has fallen short in each match-up. But a 31 point performance from Kevin Sexton (SR/Arlington Heights, IL) propelled the Eagles to the historic win over ONU.

 

Judson (4-1, 1-1 CCAC) did not lose a step after a crushing 72-69 loss to Cardinal Stritch University. The Eagles came out against Olivet Nazarene (1-5, 1-1 CCAC) in a good groove building a 10 point lead into the half shooting 37 percent from the field combined with an impressive 44 percent from 3-point range. An even better second half of shooting held the lead in favor of the Eagles as ONU would only tie the game half way through the second half but never find the lead. 

 

Kevin Sexton was the highlight of the night totaling 31 points and shooting 11-for-16 from the field that included 3-for-7 from 3-point range and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line. It seemed at many points throughout the night that anything Sexton put up would find the basket. Sexton's performance was back by Justin Allen (SR/Hampshire, IL) who finished with 12 points, Illya Galloway (SR/Lansing, IL) who finished with 13 rebounds and eight points, and Will Woodhouse (SR/Elgin, IL) and Andrew Eck (SR/Belvidere, IL) who added seven points a piece. The team combined to shoot an impressive 41 percent from both the field and from 3-point range. 

 

The Judson defense has also been a great strength for the Eagles as they held Olivet Nazarene to shoot 41 percent from the field and only nine percent from 3-point range. Judson forced 18 turnovers and converted those for 25 points. Despite ONU finding the tying basket in the 10th minute of the second half, Judson maintained their composure and would ride a short lead till the Tigers had to foul in the final minutes. Judson finished shooting 6-for-6 from the free-throw line and got an important defensive stop to close out the game for the 73-66 win.

 

Judson will next travel to Deerfield, Ill. to face Trinity International University in continued CCAC action November 22nd at 7:30pm. The Eagles will get a break in action before returning home to face the No.13 ranked Robert Morris Eagles on November 30th at 7:30pm.