Men's Basketball Picks Up Two Regional Victories Over The Weekend

The OCU men's basketball downed Johnson Bible College on Friday as well by a score of 79-68. The Trailblazers used a second-half run to take a ten point lead, and their gritty defense was able to sustain the lead to the end. The Blazers were led by sophomore Stefan Vassilof's 18 points and 12 rebounds, while senior forward Dan Garnett added 18 points and 6 boards.

Freshman Tim Baker came off the bench to add 13 points on 4 of 7 shooting from behind the arc. Trailblazer centers Adam Polley and Mike Baker combined for 12 points, but more importantly they held Johnson's 6'9" 1st Team All-American Jay Hayes to 12 points for the game. The Trailblazers' defensive effort was key to their victory over the 18th ranked team in the nation.

On Saturday, the OCU men faced a resilient Crown College. After a high scoring first half in which the Blazers scored 60 points, including 14 three pointers, the second half was a defensive battle. OCU defeated the Crusaders from Crown College 98-86. Senior guard Rob Lassiter led the offensive attack with 29 points, shooting 7 for 10 from behind the arc. Sophomore Stefan Vassilof also came up big with 22 points and 19 rebounds. Point guard Tae Spell had a double-double as well, with 18 points and 11 assists. The Crusaders were led by senior guard Jared Berry who scored 36 points, shooting 6 for 8 from the three point line.

The wins this weekend extended the OCU men's basketball record to 9-7 overall, 2-1 in NCCAA Mid-East regional play. The Ohio Christian University men's basketball team continues regional action this week when they travel to Kentucky Christian on Tuesday, and then they will go back to Tennessee on Friday to face Freewill Baptist Bible College.