WHEATON, Ill. -- The Heidelberg University men's basketball team dropped a 79-69 decision to Wheaton College on Saturday night. The Student Princes could never regain momentum as they trailed for much of the contest.
The Berg falls to 1-1. Wheaton improves to 2-1.
Heidelberg was led by junior Kiere Bennie, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds.
DeAvery Collins chipped in with 12 points for the Berg.
HOW IT HAPPENED
A pair of free throws from Bennie and a 3-pointer from Michael Schuller pushed the Berg to a 12-7 lead three minutes into the game. Turnovers and foul trouble would prove to be costly for the Student Princes.
Over the next six minutes, the Thunder would go on a 13-2 run before a layup by Mike Mason halted the Wheaton momentum and cut the lead to 20-16.
Trailing by as many as many as 14, Heidelberg went on a 7-2 run to close out the first half. A layup from Mason, another Schuller 3-pointer, and a pair of free throws from Bennie cut the deficit to 40-33 at the half.
The Thunder pushed their lead to 18, leading HU 58-40 with 13 minutes remaining. Back to back jumpers by DeAvery Collins and a Bennie three cut into the Wheaton lead.
Every time the Student Princes found momentum, the Thunder would shut it down. Collins made 3-pointers from the corner on consecutive possessions, but Wheaton hit a three of their own to respond.
With 1:25 left, Bennie drained a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to seven. That would be as close as HU would get, as Wheaton would go on to hold the lead.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
HU recorded eight blocks in the game, three courtesy of Chris Moxley. The eight blocks is the most since a Feb. 6 win last season over Muskingum.
The Berg had just two offensive rebounds in the first half.
Heidelberg shot 59% from the charity stripe.
Following the game, Bennie and Collins were named to the Lee Pfund Classic All-Tournament team.
The Student Princes will travel to Albion College on Tuesday. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.