Men’s basketball team defeats Robert Morris-Peoria, 99-89, for first win of season

Aaron Washington
Aaron Washington

KENOSHA, Wis. – Seniors Eric Ewing and Aaron Washington combined to score 57 points to help the Olivet College men's basketball team beat Robert Morris University-Peoria (Ill.), 99-89, this afternoon at Tarble Arena in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The game was part of the 2016 Carthage College Classic.

THE BASICS
Final Score:
Olivet 99, Robert Morris-Peoria 89
Location: Tarble Arena; Kenosha, Wis.
Records: Olivet 1-2, Robert Morris-Peoria 1-3 overall

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Comets started the game on an 8-0 run.
  • Olivet saw its lead grow to 24 points, 33-9, before the Eagles could reach double figures in the scoring column.
  • Robert Morris scored five quick points to make the score 33-14 before the Comets went on a 13-2 run to go up 46-16.
  • Olivet then settled for a 32-point lead, 55-27, at halftime.
  • The Eagles opened the second half on a 9-3 run to trim their deficit down to 22 points, 58-36.
  • Robert Morris closed the gap to 18 points on three occasions, with the last time being 73-55, at the 11:40 mark.
  • The Comets then scored seven consecutive points to push their lead back to 25 points, 80-55.
  • Over the final nine minutes of the game, the Eagles outscored Olivet, 34-19, for its final margin of defeat.

FOR THE COMETS

  • For the game, Olivet shot 59.7 percent (37-of-62) from the floor and 52.9 percent (18-of-34) from the free throw line.
  • Ewing had a game-high 34 points on 15-of-24 shooting. He also grabbed a team-best nine rebounds.
  • Washington scored 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including five three-pointers. 
  • Senior Zach Walker netted nine points and dished out six assists.

FOR THE EAGLES                                

  • Jake Stephens led Robert Morris with 24 points.
  • Markus Johnson had a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The 55 points scored in the first half was the most by Olivet in one half since Nov. 16, 2013, when it had 55 against Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) University.
  • The 99 total points is the most in a game since Nov. 11, 2013, when the Comets scored 108 against Illinois Tech.

UP NEXT

  • Olivet is back in action next Saturday, Nov. 26, when it hosts Heidelberg (Ohio) University for its home-opener. Game time at The Cutler Event Center is 5:30 p.m.