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Men’s hoops team splits two with conference foes

February 3rd, 2011

The John Carroll University men’s basketball team is coming off of a see-saw type of week, highlighted with a much-needed win against the University of Mount Union before dropping a close game at Ohio Northern University. 

The Blue Streaks started the week with an impressive victory as they defeated the Mount Union Purple Raiders on Jan. 26 in Alliance, Ohio, 80-78. 

Junior guard Corey Shontz led the Blue Streaks as he posted a career-high 30 points while making 12 of his 19 shots from the floor. 

Shontz, who is third on the team in scoring average at just under 13 points per game, said that letting the game simply come to him was the key to his success.

“I tend to try and force a lot of things to happen, but in the Mount Union game I just let the game come to me,” he said.  “Just watching film and breaking down the defense allowed me to break down some of their weaknesses.”

Senior Maurice Haynes added seven points and three blocks to the Blue Streaks win over the Purple Raiders. 

The win against Mount Union was followed by a tight loss to the Ohio Northern Polar Bears on Jan. 29 in Ada, Ohio. 

JCU fought hard throughout the game, and even tied the score at 63 late in the second half, but couldn’t pull it out as the Polar Bears won by a score of 76-72. 

Junior forward Conor Tilow led the team with 20 points and Haynes added 16 points of his own in the loss to the Polar Bears. 

The Blue Streaks also lost at home to ONU earlier this season by a narrow score, losing 68-66. 

It was a somewhat surprising loss considering the fact that ONU had lost eight of their last 10 games heading into their matchup with the Blue Streaks.

JCU (13-6, 8-4 OAC) is currently tied for third place in the Ohio Athletic Conference behind the second place Capital Crusaders, a team JCU has knocked off twice this year.

Marietta College, currently ranked No. 23 in the nation, leads the conference with a record of  10-2 in league games.

On Saturday, JCU hosts the Otterbein College Cardinals (9-10, 5-7 OAC) at the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center. 

The Blue Streaks are looking for payback as the Cardinals won the first meeting 86-83 in  Westerville, Ohio on Dec. 18. Otterbein is 5-7 in OAC play.