WESTMINSTER, Penn. – For the second consecutive day, a slow start turned into a victory for the Heidelberg University men's basketball team. After allowing Thiel to control much of the first half, the Student Princes fought their way back to a win, pulling away late with free throws for a 65-58 win in a neutral site contest. The win moved the Berg's record to 2-1 on the season while the Tomcats fell to 1-3.
Kiere' Bennie was the leading scorer for the Student Princes yet again, netting 15 points in the game. He was a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe in the contest, including four crucial ones in the final 30 seconds that allowed HU to hold on for the win.
Heidelberg forced Thiel into 17 turnovers in the game, helping them battle back after finding themselves in an early hole.
Although Jackson Blue scored just two points in the game, he helped control the boards in the game, pulling down 11 rebounds.
After Thiel got out to an early 8-0 lead, the Student Princes rallied back all the way to take their first lead of the game at the 10:29 mark after a layup by Maurice Hunter made the score 14-13 in favor of the Berg.
That lead was short-lived, as the Tomcats quickly got back on top and stretched their lead to eight at the 5:13 mark (26-18).
Heidelberg was able to cut into that deficit at the end of the half as a 3-pointer by Ben Jones just before the buzzer made the score 33-31 in favor of Thiel at the break.
The Student Princes were able to seize the momentum coming out of halftime, as a trey by Jones gave the Berg a 41-39 lead at the 15:23 mark.
After Thiel was able to regain the lead from the Berg, a pair of free throws by Isaac Everette knotted up the score at 45 with 11:37 left to play.
The Tomcats were able to take the lead and sustain it until a pair of free throws by Bennie tied things up at 55 with just 4:08 to go in the game.
The Student Princes flirted with a small lead from that point on, but free throws at the end of the game put it away as Thiel was unable to battle back and the Berg won by a final score of 65-58.
Heidelberg will return to Tiffin for their home-opener on Tuesday, November 24th, when they face Albion. That non-conference game is scheduled to get underway at 7:00 p.m. in Seiberling Gymnasium.