BEREA, Ohio – It was a different story than the first time these two teams met, but in the end the Heidelberg University men's basketball team still found themselves on the wrong end of the score, falling 74-71 on the road at Baldwin Wallace. It was a tight game for the majority of the contest, but the host Yellow Jackets made a push in the second half and held on at the end as a 3-point attempt by Marcquice Taylor was no good.
The Berg shot an uncharacteristic 1-of-9 from behind the 3-point arc, way under their season average of 8.6 per contest.
Despite the rough day from behind the arc, senior Doug Waldmannstetter had himself a big game. The Clay High School product tied a career-high with 14 points to go along with seven rebounds. Waldmannstetter shot 7-of-8 from the field in the game.
Baldwin Wallace (14-6, 8-5 OAC) out-shot Heidelberg 48.1% to 39.7% in the game, as their 59.1% shooting in the second half made up the run that gave them the lead they were able to hold on to.
The host yellow jackets jumped out to a 16-6 lead with 12:53 to play after a Zack Brandy layup.
The Student Princes rallied back, however, and took a 21-20 lead after James Hanley knocked down a pair of free throws at the 7:05 mark.
Back-to-back buckets by Waldmannstetter gave the Berg their largest lead of the half, 32-29, with just over a minute remaining.
An old-fashioned 3-point play gave BW a one point edge entering halftime.
The Yellow Jackets made a statement to open the second half, going on an 18-5 run to open things and take a 14-point lead with 14:19 to play.
A jumper by Jackson Blue cut the deficit to single digits at the 9:40 mark, making the score 57-49.
After Baldwin Wallace built their lead back out to 12, the Berg went on a 9-0 run of their own to make the score just 63-60 in favor of BW after a trey by Kiere' Bennie with 4:41 left to play.
That deficit hovered until under a minute to go when a layup by Hanley made it a 70-68 score in favor of the Yellow Jackets with 21 seconds remaining.
BW made four straight free throws down the stretch and a potential game-tying trey by Taylor was off the mark as Heidelberg was handed the defeat.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
As is the norm for the Student Princes, they won the turnover battle in the game giving away possession eight times compared to the 16 turnovers for BW.
Heidelberg (8-12, 4-9 OAC) will be on the road again this Saturday, February 7th, when they travel to New Concord to take on Muskingum at 3:00 p.m. When the Muskies and the Student Princes met earlier this season on December 6th in Tiffin, the Berg had a dominant second half en route to at 94-67 blowout of visiting Muskingum.