ADA, Ohio — No. 16 Wooster constructed a 13-point lead in the second half and held off a late rally by Ohio Northern in a 67-56 non-conference win on Wednesday.
The match was tied at 26 at halftime and again at 28 early in the second when Wooster (4-1) outscored its hosts 16-3 for a 44-31 cushion. That stretch began with a three-point play by Jake Mays and was capped on a Doug Thorpe 3-pointer.
The Fighting Scots continued to lead by at least three possessions until Ohio Northern (4-2) went on a 9-1 run, pulling within 59-54 with just over a minute remaining.
Wooster made 8-of-10 free throws to secure its third consecutive road win.
Statistically, the Scots were held to just 18 made field goals as part of a 43.9 shooting percentage, but spent quite a bit of time at the free throw line, sinking 30-of-37 (.811) of their shots from the charity stripe. They also held a 43-28 advantage in rebounds. Defensively, Wooster helped limit the Polar Bears to a .328 rate from the floor (20-for-61).
Mays continued his strong play of late, registering team highs in points (17), rebounds (8) and blocks (3). Xavier Brown endured a cold night from the field (2-for-13), but finished with 15 points after piling up a series of late free throws. Josh Claytor chipped in 12 and Thorpe added 10.
Ohio Northern’s Branden Rushton led all scorers with 22 points.