Men's Basketball falls at BW 80-76

Men's Basketball falls at BW 80-76

BEREA, Ohio – The Heidelberg University men's basketball team fell in a hard-fought road game on Wednesday at Baldwin Wallace. The Student Princes hung in throughout the entire contest, but came up just short in the end by a final score of 80-76.

KEY STATS

Jackson Blue finished the night one point shy of a double-double. The senior scored nine in the loss while pulling down 10 rebounds.

Both Kiere' Bennie and DeAvery Collins eclipsed the 20-point mark in scoring on the night. Bennie led the Berg with 21 points in the defeat while Collins chipped in 20.

Heidelberg forced Baldwin Wallace into 17 turnovers in the game, but it was not enough, as the Yellow Jackets out-shot the Berg 47.5% compared to 40.8% for the Student Princes.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Over the first 7:40, the hosts raced out to a 19-10 lead. The Student Princes scored three straight layups to crawl back into the contest. A Chris Moxley bucket with 5:19 remaining gave HU its first lead since 2-0, 28-27. Teams traded baskets for the rest of the half, with the Yellow Jackets holding a 35-33 edge at the break.

Baldwin Wallace surged ahead early in the second half, padding their lead to as many as 14 near the 10-minute mark. Undaunted, the Tricolor took the deficit down to as few as three. The BW lead fluctuated between three and six points throughout much of the half.

With seven seconds left in the game, Bennie nailed a 3-pointer to make it just a one-point deficit (77-76). After a Heidelberg foul, BW made the first and missed the second free throw, but after James Hanley pulled down the rebound, he was stripped of the ball by BW's Mike Kaminsky, forcing Heidelberg to foul again. The Yellow Jackets then knocked down a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining to seal the win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Sophomore Cam Kuhn for Baldwin Wallace, the OAC's leading scorer averaging 23.4 per game, led the Yellow Jackets with 22 points in the game.

Heidelberg finished the game with a +9 turnover margin.

UP NEXT

Heidelberg returns to action on Saturday, as they host Capital University (8-6, 4-3 OAC). Tipoff at Seiberling Gymnasium is slated for 2 p.m.