Men's Basketball's Late Comeback Falls Short

Bucs' late comeback falls just shy in loss. Photo by Joel Auerbach
DAVIE, Fla. – The Barry University men’s basketball team (5-7) dropped their first game of the NSU Holiday Classic to the Olivet Nazarene Tigers 66-60 on Saturday night at the University Center.
 
Despite being down 45-26 with 16:05 remaining in the game, the Buccaneers managed to overcome the huge deficit and pulled to within one 57-56 on a Karega Tucker layup at the 2:44 mark. Barry outscored ONU 37-30 in the second half, but the late comeback was staged off by the Tigers.
 
The Bucs shot 54.5 percent from the field in the second half to ignite the second-half surge, while holding the Tigers to 10-for-28 (35.7 percent).
 
Three Buccaneers scored double figures led by Tucker’s 13. Martin Leibovich came off the bench to add 11, while Willie Whitfield added 10. Tucker also collected a team-best eight rebounds.
 
Phil French hit 9-of-10 from the field and scored 19 with 10 rebounds to pace the Tigers. Tyler Wallenfang followed with 18 points, while Ryan Paxon finished with 15.
 
With the score tied 10-10 and 13:05 left to play in the first half, the Tigers went on an 8-0 run for an 18-10 lead and outscored the Bucs 26-13 the remainder of the half for a 36-23 lead at the break.
 
The Buccaneers will conclude play at the NSU Holiday Classic with a 6 pm match-up against Molloy on Saturday, Dec. 29.
 
Newspaper Box Score
Olivet Nazarene vs Barry
12/28/07 8:38 pm at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (University Center)
 
OLIVET NAZARENE 66, BARRY 60
 
OLIVET NAZARENE (5-8)
French, Phil 9-10 1-3 19; Wallenfang, Tyler 8-14 2-3 18; Paxson, Ryan 5-11
2-2 15; Hainlen, Cory 2-9 0-0 6; Bronke, Josh 1-6 1-2 4; Rennewanz, Dustin
1-2 0-0 2; Mitchell, Rashad 0-0 2-2 2; Hall, Ben 0-0 0-0 0; Irish, Kris 0-2
0-0 0; Riddle, Darin 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-57 8-12 66.
 
BARRY (5-7)
TUCKER, Karega 4-8 4-6 13; LEIBOVICH, Martin 4-10 3-4 11; WHITFIELD, Willie
4-7 2-5 10; MADYUN, Jamaal 2-6 3-3 8; UZ, Chris 3-3 0-0 8; ASTIGARRAGA,
Bryan 3-3 0-1 6; CHIVERTON, Bryan 1-2 2-4 4; BISHOP, Chad 0-4 0-0 0; MORRIS,
Jeran 0-0 0-0 0; WILLIS, Jeff 0-2 0-0 0; PARAFINCZUK, John 0-1 0-0 0; LAZO,
Gabe 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 21-49 14-23 60.
 
Olivet Nazarene...............   36   30  -   66
Barry.........................   23   37  -   60
 
3-point goals--Olivet Nazarene 6-25 (Paxson, Ryan 3-9; Hainlen, Cory 2-5;
Bronke, Josh 1-6; Riddle, Darin 0-3; Rennewanz, Dustin 0-1; Wallenfang,
Tyler 0-1), Barry 4-18 (UZ, Chris 2-2; MADYUN, Jamaal 1-4; TUCKER, Karega
1-3; BISHOP, Chad 0-3; PARAFINCZUK, John 0-1; LAZO, Gabe 0-1; LEIBOVICH,
Martin 0-4). Fouled out--Olivet Nazarene-None, Barry-None. Rebounds--Olivet
Nazarene 36 (French, Phil 10), Barry 29 (TUCKER, Karega 8). Assists--Olivet
Nazarene 18 (Bronke, Josh 7), Barry 12 (TUCKER, Karega 4). Total
fouls--Olivet Nazarene 18, Barry 15. Technical fouls--Olivet Nazarene-None,
Barry-None. A-160
NSU Holiday Classic Game Two
 

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