WILMINGTON – The Heidelberg University men's basketball team dropped their second-straight close OAC contest on Wednesday, falling to Wilmington 83-81. The Student Princes held a slim advantage at halftime but were unable pull ahead late in a back-and-forth ball game.
Heidelberg (3-4, 1-3 OAC) shot just 52% from the free throw line, compared to 78.6% for the host Quakers, as Wilmington was able to hold on late in the game from the charity stripe.
Junior Jackson Blue scored a career-high 19 points, shooting a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor.
Wilmington (2-6, 1-3 OAC) pulled down 17 offensive rebounds in the game, scoring 20 second-chance points thanks to their controlling of the boards.
Heidelberg got out to a quick five-point lead after Blue made a layup at the 16:44 mark.
The two teams went back-and-forth through the period, as the Student Princes built their lead back out to five with 6:29 to play after Cole Williams knocked down a layup.
The Berg led through the entire first half and took a three-point lead into the intermission after Blue scored another layup with just 26 seconds remaining in the period.
Wilmington opened the second half with a 12-0 run to take a 52-43 lead just under two minutes into the period.
The Student Princes rallied back to tie the game at 62 after Marcquice Taylor made a layup with 9:42 remaining.
After going back-and-forth again, Heidelberg was able to knot the game at 75 with just 2:15 to play after Blue made a layup.
The Quakers went 8-of-10 from the free throw line from there on out to ice the game, holding on at the end to hand Heidelberg the loss.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
Freshman James Hanley scored 13 points, marking the second time he has been in double-figures this season. The Bishop Ready product made 3-of-4 from behind the arc in the game.
There were seven ties and five lead changes in the game, as the two squads went back-and-forth throughout.
Heidelberg will be on the road again for their next game when they travel to Wittenberg for a non-conference contest on Saturday, December 20. That game is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. in Springfield.