Moxley sets steals record in win

Moxley sets steals record in win

TIFFIN – Heidelberg University men's basketball head coach Andy Bucheit issued the challenge. Chris Moxley and the Student Princes answered.

After a 24-point blowout loss to Mount Union on Wednesday, Heidelberg responded with a resounding 100-89 win over Otterbein University on Saturday. The win bumped Heidelberg up to 8-5 overall, 3-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Cardinals fell to 3-10, 1-5 in conference play.

KEY STATS

With nine steals, Chris Moxley broke a 15-year old record – previously held by Ryan Niemic, who had seven steals in the 2000-01 season. Additionally, Moxley poured in a career-high 19 points and added five assists and five rebounds.

Kiere Bennie (17 points), DeAvery Collins (14 points), James Hanley (13 points) and Jackson Blue (12 points) all reached double-figures in scoring.

Heidelberg dominated in the paint, outscoring Otterbein 46-14.

The Student Princes forced Otterbein into 23 turnovers. The Berg turned those in to 23 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Heidelberg got out of the gates quickly, thanks to a defense that forced Otterbein into seven turnovers in the first ten minutes of the contest. The Student Princes raced out to a 14-2 lead with 13:42 remaining.

Otterbein regained a bit of momentum through the middle part of the period, narrowing the deficit to five on multiple occasions.

Leading 25-20 with 7:54 left, Heidelberg went on a quick 8-0 run in 90 seconds to regain a comfortable cushion.

Heidelberg held a 47-33 edge at intermission.

In the second half, the Tricolor built its lead to 18 with a 3-pointer by DeAvery Collins 36 seconds in.

With the teams trading scores throughout much of the half, the Cardinals were able to withstand the momentum of dunks by Isaac Everette and Myron Prewitt.

Down 11 with four minutes left, Otterbein had the ball with a chance to get the Berg lead under 10. Moxley stole the ball, dished it to James Hanley, who buried a 3-pointer in transition.

While Otterbein continued to hit 3-pointers late, HU was 9-of-10 from the line in the final two minutes, sealing the 100-89 win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Heidelberg hit 100 points for the first time since a 103-89 win over Westminster on November 11, 2014.

Otterbein remained close in the second half thanks to a barrage of 12 3-pointers. Marc McCuen had 18 points and Jake Phillis had 17 points in the losing effort.

NOTABLE QUOTES

Junior Chris Moxley on the school-record nine steals: "Our coaches talk about being opportunistic, but not gambling on defense ... I knew with my speed, I could reach my hand in there and poke it out."

Head coach Andy Bucheit on the play of Moxley: "This was a career night for him ... For him to have the line he had with the task of guarding the second-leading scorer in the OAC (Phillis), it's one of the best performances we've seen in our three years here."

Bucheit on bouncing back from the Mount Union loss: "We had that disappointment ... we wanted to follow it up the right way tonight and I think each guy came out with the edge and the level of intensity that we needed."

UP NEXT

OAC action continues as the Student Princes head to Berea on Wednesday. Tip-off with Baldwin Wallace (8-5, 3-3) is slated for 7:30 p.m.