CLEVELAND - The Heidelberg University men's basketball team staved off a second half Case Western Reserve rally to win 72-65 on Sunday night.
Four Student Princes finished in double-figures as Heidelberg advanced to the finals of the Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament, hosted by Case.
Heidelberg (4-5) opened with a 7-0 run, keyed by solid rebounding. Jack Hart picked up an offensive rebound off of a missed free throw, distributed to Keith Mackie who then drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing.
After the Spartans had cut the lead to four, two fast-break baskets and a 3-pointer from Deonte Holder gave Heidelberg a 25-14 lead with 6:09 left in the first half.
The Student Princes kept their foot on the gas pedal and took a 36-21 lead into halftime.
Case Western Reserve (5-2) responded with a 19-5 run to open up the second half. With 9:00 remaining, the Spartans' Tim Chung knocked down a pair of 3-pointers from the right point to give CWRU their first lead of the half.
Another block by Hart led to a fast-break layup by Holder. Next possession, Holder nailed a 3-pointer from the corner and gave HU a 62-57 advantage. Holder finished with 20 points, 15 of which came in the second half.
The Spartans grew cold from beyond the arc in the game's final minutes.
"I was proud of our guys because there was a segment there where we weren't making open shots," said first-year head coach Andy Bucheit. "I told them to stick with it -- they make them every day in practice and they'll make the ones that count."
The Student Princes will face Penn St. Behrend on Monday in the title game of the tournament. Tipoff is slated for 4 P.M.