CEDARVILLE — Cedarville used a quick start to the second half en route to a 61-57 non-conference victory against Northwood in the Callan Athletic Center.
“That was a hard-fought game against a very good Northwood team!,” said CU Head Coach Pat Estepp. “The key was the start of the second half. We talk a lot about how good teams close the first half and start the second half. Well, and we started the second very well. Bain was big on both ends and I thought we grew up tonight. Learning how to win a game, when things aren’t going your way offensively, is a big step for us.”
The Yellow Jackets have won three straight to improve to 3-2.
Trailing 29-27 coming out of the intermission, CU ran off the first 10 points of the second period and never trailed again.
The Timberwolves, 2-2, did scrape back to get the contest tied, 51-51, with 5:47 left, but the visitors were never able to seize the lead.
Patrick Bain answered with his lone 3-pointer of the night. It was a one-point game when Colton Linkous banked in a three-ball with 31.5 seconds left to account for the final.
Bain finished with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists. Linkous scored all 11 of his points in the second half, while Robert Okoro totaled eight points and nine rebounds.
CU committed eight turnovers and forced 18 by the Timberwolves. The Jackets went 5-for-10 from deep in the second half after failing to hit a three-pointer in the first. The score was tied seven times, with the lead changing hands eight times. Cedarville leads the all-time season series, 3-2.
The Yellow Jackets are in the midst of a seven-game home stand with four more to go.
Cedarville will play Ohio Christian next at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the Callan Athletic Center.
Story courtesy of Cedarville University Athletics
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