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Luke Knapke – Ryan Bruns

(11-14-17) Two Marion Local grads met on the college hardwood tonight in Toledo.

Ryan Bruns, plays for D III Ohio Northern and Luke Knapke plays for D I Toledo. The two former Flyers played a key roll for their teams. In the end Toledo beat Ohio Northern 72-62.

Both players started the game, Bruns had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds (team high), along with 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals for the Polar Bears.

Knapke just missed a double-double, with 9 points and 11 rebounds (team high and career high)  and 2 blocked shots for the Rockets.

Ohio Northern only trailed by 1 at halftime.

ONU Head Coach Rich Bensman

“I thought we had a legitimate chance to win it at the end. We had a couple of good looks but just couldn’t knock them down. I’m really happy for our guys. We executed well against a very athletic and long team. Our players embraced the challenge of playing a Division I school and we had a great experience.”

The Rockets improve to 2-0 on the season. The game counts as an exhibition contest for the Polar Bears because the official season starting date for NCAA Division III schools is Nov. 15.