Men's basketball battles back, stumbles down the stretch

Men's basketball battles back, stumbles down the stretch

ALLIANCE – Sometimes, a quick glance at the box score isn't enough.

Such was the case in the Heidelberg University men's basketball team's 87-68 loss at Mount Union on Monday.

A 19-point loss seems fairly straightforward. Coupled with a 12-point halftime deficit, it would appear that the game was a snooze-fest.

A closer look, however, reveals a much different contest.

Heidelberg (5-15, 1-12 OAC) raced out to a 28-11 run during the first seven minutes of the second half to take a 58-53 lead. The run was keyed by six 3-pointers, including four from senior Keith Mackie.

After a timeout, first place Mount Union (17-3, 12-1 OAC) boomeranged back into the lead with a 19-2 run with five 3-pointers.

The Purple Raider run, which took nearly six minutes, stymied the Student Princes. Heidelberg shot just 2-of-10 from the floor with six turnovers in the game's final 12 minutes.

Mackie finished with 19 points, as did teammate Deonte Holder. Doug Waldmannstetter added 10 points.

Junior Cole Williams notched a game-high 11 rebounds.

"We can't ride the same horses the whole year," said first-year head coach Andy Bucheit. "We need more guys to step up and produce."

The Purple Raider bench outscored Heidelberg 25-8.

Heidelberg will play its fourth game in seven days when it travels to Ohio Northern University on Wednesday evening. The Berg defeated ONU in Tiffin in January, 78-75. Tipoff with the Polar Bears is at 7:30 p.m.