UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – It was a different story than the last time these two teams met, but in the end, the result on the scoreboard showed the same. The Heidelberg University men's basketball team held a lead midway through the second period on the road against John Carroll, but the host Blue Streaks made a run and pulled away in the end. The Student Princes were unable to withstand the spurt, falling by a final score of 83-66.
A 19-5 run by John Carroll (13-4, 9-2 OAC) after Heidelberg led 52-50 in the second half made the difference, as the Student Princes were not able to fight back in the end.
Heidelberg (7-11, 3-8 OAC) was +7 in the turnover margin in the game, keeping them in contention late into the second half, unlike their first matchup with the Blue Streaks.
JCU shot 44% from behind the 3-point line in the game compared to just 25.8% for the Student Princes.
It was not a pretty start for the Berg, as John Carroll jumped out to a 12-4 lead after a 3-pointer at the 15:33 mark.
The Blue Streaks widened their lead to ten, but the Student Princes scored eight straight points, including a pair of treys from Ben Jones to make the score 18-16 in favor of the hosts with 9:38 to play.
Heidelberg took their first lead of the game with 4:31 remaining after Chris Moxley made a layup, making the score 26-24.
JCU finished the half on a run, however, hitting a 3-pointer in the final minute to give them a 39-33 lead over the Berg at halftime.
The Student Princes roared out of the locker room, scoring nine straight points to take a 42-39 lead at the 17:25 mark after DeAvery Collins drilled a 3-pointer.
With 13:45 to play, Moxley made a layup to give Heidelberg their largest lead of the game, 49-44.
Afer the Berg led 52-50 with 11:48 remaining, JCU went on a 19-5 run to take a commanding lead. Six free throws, three treys, a layup and a jumper made up the stretch that buried Heidelberg.
The Student Princes never found their footing after that run and were unable to battle back, falling by an 83-66 final.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
Heidelberg finished with five players in double figures for scoring, all of them first-year players for the Berg, with four of them being freshman. James Hanley, Jones, Kiere' Bennie, Moxley and Collins all reached double-digits in the game.
The Student Princes will finally return home for their next game, facing Wilmington on Saturday, January 31st. That game is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. in Seiberling Gymnasium on Alumni Day for the men's basketball program. These two teams met previously on December 17th, with the Quakers coming away with a close 83-81 victory on their home court.