Defiance tops Men's Basketball for Tourney Crown

Defiance tops Men's Basketball for Tourney Crown

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.

KEY STATS

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.

FIRST 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.

SECOND HALF

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.

UP NEXT

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.