TIFFIN – In a battle of size vs. speed, the fleet-footed Heidelberg University men's basketball team defeated lanky Carnegie Mellon University, 73-71, on Wednesday. Isaac Everette's layup with 7.0 seconds remaining was the difference in the contest.
With the win, the Student Princes improved to 5-3 on the season. Carnegie Mellon fell to 4-2. Ten different Student Princes found the scoring column in the win.
The game came as the front half of a men's-women's doubleheader, preceding the women's game against Mount Union.
Despite being at a height disadvantage, Heidelberg held a 35-34 edge in rebounding.
Jordan Bradley, in his first collegiate start, had seven points and four steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Despite the contrasting styles, the contest was evenly contested through the first part of the contest. Carnegie Mellon held a 22-19 advantage midway through the period, which Ben Jones quickly erased with a triple from the right wing.
In the waning seconds of the first half, DeAvery Collins hit a 15-foot jumper from the elbow which sent the Student Princes to the locker room with a 34-33 lead.
The Tartans opened the second half on a 10-4 run, buoyed by a pair of 3-pointers. A pair of up-tempo layups by Isaac Everette cut CMU's lead to 49-47 and prompted a timeout by the Tartan bench.
Heidelberg regained the lead at 59-57 by pairing turnovers with excellent perimeter shooting. After CMU's Jack Serbin drained a 3-pointer, Jordan Bradley converted a three-point play. On the next trip down the floor, Myron Prewitt drew the fourth foul from the 6-9 Serbin, but missed the pair.
A baseline jumper by Serbin gave the Tartans a 71-68 lead with less than a minute to play. Everette responded at the other end with a triple from the top of the key.
Out of a Heidelberg timeout, a CMU miss gave the ball back to Heidelberg with the shot clock turned off. Everette knifed through a pair of defenders and hit a running layup with 7.0 remaining.
The Tartans regrouped in a timeout, but a 3-point try by Serbin was off the mark. Despite contact on the put-back attempt, time ran out on the visitors.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Everette's 17 points were his highest total as a Student Prince. The sophomore transfer had 28 points in a game last season for Atlanta Metropolitan.
Carnegie Mellon's Chris Shkil had a game-high 21 points.
QUOTES FROM THE COACH
"We told our guys all week that we had to pressure and affect their size with our speed," said Andy Bucheit, in his third season at the helm. "When we went against their size in the halfcourt, we struggled, so it was good to get baskets in transition."
Bucheit on the final moments: "Isaac is our biggest wing, so we wanted to get it to him going toward the hoop ... We told him to try to cut it baseline and he did. I thought he did a great job putting in a really tough, off-balanced basket."
Bucheit on the play of the pesky Jordan Bradley: "Jordan was phenomenal ... He really grew up and made a lot of plays down the stretch. He was a real difference maker."
The Student Princes have another doubleheader scheduled for Saturday. Marietta College women's and men's teams travel to Tiffin. The women's game starts at 1 p.m., with the men's game scheduled for 3 p.m. Marietta's men's team is ranked No. 8 in the nation, sitting at 6-1.