TIFFIN – Consistent offense a strong defensive effort led the Heidelberg University men's basketball team to an 85-59 rout of Defiance College on Saturday afternoon. The Student Princes never trailed in the game, as they built an early lead and never allowed the Yellow Jackets to get back into the contest.
Jackson Blue picked up the third double-double of his career on the afternoon, scoring 11 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. It has been a long time coming for the senior, as his last double-double was back in 2013.
Heidelberg shot over 48% from the field, while their defense was strong, holding Defiance to just 29.8% shooting for the contest. The Student Princes forced the Yellow Jackets into 17 turnovers.
DeAvery Collins finished the contest with a game-high 18 points, which is one shy of his career high. The junior shots 8-for-12 from the field in the win, including 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point line.
The Student Princes were quick out of the gate, as back-to-back buckets by Blue gave HU an early 4-0 lead. The Berg continued to build on that early in the half, as a layup by Kiere' Bennie made it a 15-4 edge for Heidelberg at the 13:58 mark.
Defiance (1-3) was able to cut the deficit all the way down to four with 12:47 to play in the half, but the Student Princes quickly responded and got back out to a 12 point lead (23-11) after a 3-pointer by Collins with 9:10 to go.
Heidelberg (3-2) held onto their double-digit lead through the remainder of the half as they entered the break with a 35-20 advantage.
The defense for the Berg was on full display in the first half, as they held Defiance to just 16% shooting from the field, including 1-for-11 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc.
Both teams opened up the second half with strong offensive performances, but Heidelberg weathered the storm and was able to pull away, building their lead out to 22 after a layup by Jordan Bradley with 9:47 to play.
The Student Princes never looked back, staying ahead by 20+ for the remainder of the game as they went on to win by a final score of 85-59.
Head coach Andy Bucheit on the play of Jackson Blue: "He has done everything we've asked him to do and he's leading the league in rebounding. He's setting a great example for our young guys, especially our bigs. He sets a great example for everyone in our program moving forward."
Bucheit on his team's depth: "We like to play 10 guys. Out of the 10 guys that are playing for us, 8 are freshman or sophomores. We feel like the 16 guys we dressed for the game can contribute at a high level. We try to wear people out, and it's really starting to click."
Bucheit on the development on his younger players: "Myron Prewitt really contributed well. He's really starting to get comfortable out there, along with Isaac Everette and our backup point guard Jordan Bradley."
The Student Princes will be back on the road for their next contest, as they open up Ohio Athletic Conference play with a game at John Carroll on December 2nd. That game is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start time in University Heights.