AREA ATHLETES: Schnelle and Meyer send ONU into OAC semis

MARIETTA — Scott Schnelle helped lift the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears into the Ohio Athletic Conference semifinals with a big second half on Tuesday night.

Schnelle, an Ohio Northern senior and New Bremen grad, either scored or got an assist on 23 straight ONU points in the second half at one point. Schnelle finished the game with a team-high 19 points with six rebounds and four assists.

While Schnelle carried the Polar Bears down the stretch, another area grad kept ONU in the game in the first half. ONU senior and New Knoxville grad Tony Meyer scored 10 points off the bench on 4-of-6 shooting to go with a rebound and two assists. All 10 points came in the first half.

The Polar Bears advance to the OAC tournament semifinals on Thursday night at Capital University. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Coached by St. Marys Memorial grad Damon Goodwin, Capital won a share of the regular season OAC title with John Carroll, and received the second seed.

Capital swept the two regular season games against ONU this season.