DEFIANCE – It was a complete reversal from the night before for the Student Princes. Following a game where the Heidelberg University men's basketball team knocked down 15 3-pointers and had an exceptional shooting night, they couldn't get shots to fall against Defiance. The Berg fell by a final score of 78-51 to the host Yellow Jackets in the championship game of the Purple and Gold Tournament in Defiance.
Freshman Kiere' Bennie was named to the All-Tournament team following the conclusion of the tournament. He averaged 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two games, leading the Student Princes in scoring in both contests.
Defiance (7-3) dominated the game on the glass, pulling down 45 rebounds compared to just 18 for the Berg.
Heidelberg (4-6) shot just 23.8% from 3-point range and 35.8% from the floor, going cold as the Yellow Jackets pulled away in the second half.
The two teams traded shots early before the Student Princes took a four-point advantage with 11:59 to play. A layup by Chris Moxley made the score 16-12 in favor of the Berg.
Defiance rallied back as the game remained close. An old-fashioned 3-point play by Bernard Edwards gave the host Yellow Jackets a seven-point lead with just 5:11 remaining in the half.
Heidelberg pulled within five late in the half, but a pair of buckets by Defiance made the score 37-28 entering halftime.
A 3-pointer by James Hanley cut the Defiance lead to eight early in the second half with 18:33 to play.
The Yellow Jackets responded with a 7-0 run, taking a 15-point lead at the 15:47 mark.
Heidelberg continued to battle, but was unable to cut the lead down to single digits. An 11-0 Defiance run with under five minutes to play gave them a commanding 28-point lead.
A 3-pointer by Joey Moore ended the run with 1:29 remaining, but it was too little, too late, as the host Yellow Jackets won the tournament with a 78-51 victory.
Heidelberg will be on the road again, traveling to Carnegie Mellon for a non-conference game on Saturday, January 3rd. That contest is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.