Men's basketball can't overcome early hole

Photo by Heidelberg Athletics
Photo by Heidelberg Athletics

TIFFIN -- The Heidelberg University men's basketball team could not recover from an early deficit as they fell to Mount Union 95-83. Heidelberg drops to 6-3, 2-2 in conference play while the Purple Raiders improve to 7-2, 3-1 OAC.

Leading 6-4, the Purple Raiders went on a 18-0 run to push their lead to 24-4. Heidelberg could not stop the momentum until Myron Prewitt's putback with 12:06 remaining in the half.

Trailing 30-12, the home team put together a 10-0 run, cutting the deficit to 30-22 with 5:45 left before the break. A long Kiere Bennie triple ignited the offense. Prewitt followed with a jumper in the paint to bring the score to 30-17. A three-point play from freshman Alex Arellano followed by a layup by CJ Marshall brought the Student Princes to within single digits. The Purple Raiders halted the HU momentum with a three-point play of their own.

MTU would respond by extending their lead back to 42-31 at the half.

A Bennie layup at the start of the second half brought HU to within nine points. MTU would go on a quick 7-0 run, building their lead back up to 49-33.

With 15:37 in the game, Michael Schuller hit a three from the corner to cut the deficit to 14. The Purple Raiders would stifle any Heidelberg momentum with a pair of 3-pointers that would push the MTU lead to 25 points with 10:23 left in the game.

Mount Union would take control for the remainder of the game, as they would keep at least a 12-point lead.

Bennie led the Berg with 24 points. Prewitt added 16 points off the bench.

Prince Benson and Chris Moxley scored 11 points for the Student Princes. The 11 points is a new career-high for Benson.

JJ Kukura led the Purple Raiders with 31 points. DeAllen Jackson added 21 points and Tommy Stenger scored 16. 14 of Stenger's 16 points came in the second half.

MTU shot 45% from the floor and 46% from deep. The Berg shot just 35% from the floor and 30% from three. The visitors scored 18 points off of HU turnovers.

"We did not take advantage of some opportunities that were out there for us," said head coach Andy Bucheit. "We strung some stops together and we got some good looks but we missed them."

HU will travel to Wittenberg for a non-conference matchup on Thursday. Game time is slated for 3 p.m.