UNIVERSITY PARK, IL – Hoping for a successful start to the second half of the season, Governors State had to settle for a 103-87 loss to Olivet Nazarene before a season-high crowd at the Athletics and Recreation Center Tuesday evening. GSU is now 4-12 overall, 1-6 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference while ONU improved to 4-11 overall, 2-5 in the CCAC.
In a battle of two teams trying to escape the CCAC South Division cellar, Olivet Nazarene never trailed in the second half after building a 55-52 halftime lead. GSU attempted a school-record 35 three-pointers, converting on 11 shots. The Jaguars committed just 10 turnovers and hit 14 of 16 free throws, but lost the rebounding battle (43-29).
"We still learning how to play a complete 40 minutes," said GSU Head Coach Tony Bates. "We enjoy running up and down the court, we just need to refine the little things that make a difference over the course of a game."
Five GSU players finished in double-figures, led by a 24-point performance from Christopher Seaton. Jalen Miller made several spectacular shots to record 19 points and Torrey Oliver contributed with 15 points and six assists.
Tyler Crater (27 points) and Josiah Blan (21 points) led the Tigers' offensive charge. Freshman Nic Reed, the conference's leading scorer, chipped in with 19 points.
GSU continues league play Thursday at Trinity Christian.