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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.