MBB stays hot, defeats Otterbein 79-69

MBB stays hot, defeats Otterbein 79-69

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- The Heidelberg University men's basketball team wrapped up the regular season with their third consecutive win, defeating Otterbein 79-69 in Westerville. The Student Princes surged to a nine-point lead at halftime and was able to preserve that to the end, continuing their strong play towards the end of the season.

With the win, Heidelberg improved to 14-11 (9-9 OAC) while Otterbein fell to 4-21 (2-16 OAC).

The Student Princes finished the regular season tied for 5th place in the OAC standings, but due to head-to-head losses with Ohio Northern, they earned the 6th seed in the upcoming OAC Tournament and will travel to Mount Union for the first round next Tuesday.

KEY STATS

Myron Prewitt set a new career high with 19 points in the win for the Student Princes. He shot 7-for-11 from the field, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range.

Deonté Holder took full advantage of his first start of the season, scoring 12 points. The junior had a team-high four assists as well to help pace the efficient HU offense.

Kiere' Bennie scored 14 points off the bench on 50% (4-for-8) shooting. Heidelberg's bench outscored Otterbein 40-24 in the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Tied at 15 with 8:02 left in the first half, the Student Princes went on a 9-0 run on 3-pointers by Myron Prewitt and Kiere Bennie and a three-point play by Maurice Hunter. Heidelberg was able to maintain a comfortable cushion throughout the rest of the half, holding a 36-27 lead at intermission.

A 3-pointer by Otterbein's Jake Phillis temporarily chopped HU's lead to five at 38-33. Bennie drilled another 3-pointer 12 seconds later, reinflating the Berg advantage.

Otterbein cut the deficit back down to six (43-37) with 15:08 remaining, but Heidelberg had an answer. A pair of 3-pointers by Holder made it a 49-38 lead for the Berg with 12:51 left to play.

Every chance the Cardinals had from the point on, HU had a response, as they never allowed Otterbein within less than seven from that point on. Heidelberg's lead ballooned as large as 15 with 6:34 to play before they wound up winning by a final score of 79-69.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

The 14 wins for Heidelberg is their most in a season since they went 15-13 back in the 2009-10 season.

Heidelberg shot 76.2% (16/21) from the free throw line in the game, bringing their season shooting percentage to 75.3%, which leads the OAC.

UP NEXT

Heidelberg will travel to Mount Union on Tuesday for the first round of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament.  That game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in Alliance.

These two split the regular season series, with both winning convincingly on their respective home court.  Heidelberg is 1-2 all-time against MTU in the OAC Tournament, with the last meeting coming in 1997, a 67-56 win for the Purple Raiders.

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